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Fireworks explode over the Charles River with the city of Cambridge in the background during Boston July 4th celebrations.

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that continues to impact the United States nationwide, the city of Boston has decided not to have a 4th of July fireworks display this year.

According to Boston.com, Boston Pops, who arrange Boston’s July 4th fireworks display over the Charles River each year, announced that they would be canceling the show for 2020. In a statement, conductor Keith Lockhart said, “While disappointed not to be able to present our traditional live concert on the Charles River Esplanade, we are putting all our energies into developing a truly special commemorative broadcast event. We hope A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes will bring viewers and listeners the consolation, comfort, and inspiration we all seek during these challenging times. Please join us as we show our appreciation for the heroes of this epic crisis and celebrate the meaningful messages of Independence Day that unite us as citizens of this great and beautifully diverse country.”

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