The Real Cost of Celebrating July 4th

By Lewis Braham and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-06-28T15:04:23Z

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Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

For 40 years the Boston Pops Orchestra has performed a free concert for Bostonians who lie out on picnic blankets along the Charles River. Highlights include its rendition of the 1812 Overture, during which military cannons fire. The fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m., lasts 21 minutes and includes 10,000 shells fired from seven barges. The event's only corporate sponsor, Liberty Mutual Insurance, renewed its sponsorship in 2012 with a three-year, $8 million deal.