2018 Performers

Having celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor in 2015, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885.

The headliner for the 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, is Rachel Platten, the popular American singer/songwriter who grew up in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.  Ms. Platten’s hit release, "Fight Song," topped multiple charts worldwide with its release in 2015, and her 2016 album Wildfire was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett–produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013.

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong.

Octogenarian Rita Moreno still remains one of the busiest stars in show business. Rita stars in the critically-acclaimed Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time on Netflix. Prior to that, Rita appeared in guest-starring roles in primetime TV series such as, Getting On, Jane The Virgin, Grey’s Anatomy and Grace and Frankie.

Tune-In Information

Watch, listen or stream the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular live through Bloomberg’s Multi-Platform Network.


If you have DISH, Verizon or DirectTV, Bloomberg Television is on the same channel regardless of where you are in the Greater Boston area:

DISH: 203  /  RCN: 325, 672  /  DirecTV: 353

For Comcast subscribers within the greater Boston area, Bloomberg TV can be found on channels 45, 757 or 844.


Digital stream access to the broadcast will expand in 2018 to include globe.com and boston.com, two of the largest and most successful news information web sites in the country — with 9 million unique visitors monthly. Bloomberg.com, which broadcast the live stream last summer, will also be joined by bostonpopsjuly4th.org, adding yet another option for viewing the show online.

For mobile listeners, the program can also be heard on the Bloomberg Radio app on either Apple or Android devices.


Radio listeners in the Greater Boston area can hear the concert through Bloomberg’s flagship station in Boston on 1200 AM and on SiriusXM satellite subscription radio on Channel 119.

Bloomberg HD radio station, or listen to it online at subscription-based iheartradio, 94.5 FM-HD2. In addition, you will also find Bloomberg Radio in Boston at 106.1FM, 1330AM, and 92.9-HD2.


In addition, Bloomberg will set up a major viewing screen on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across from the Boston Harbor Hotel, adding another public viewing site for the event (Wednesday, July 4 only).


Includes all guest artists. No fireworks.

8:00PM: Concert begins

10:00PM: Concert ends

Concert & Fireworks

 8:00PM: Concert begins

10:30PM: Fireworks begin

11:00PM: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends

*All dates/times/information subject to change


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The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is free and open to the public and is held at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade located at 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02108.


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