Despite brutally hot temperatures and lower attendance than usual, Boston celebrated the Fourth of July with the annual celebration on the Charles River Esplanade.
An estimated crowd of over 300,000 people headed to the Charles River Esplanade for the festivities on Thursday night, which featured performances by the Boston Pops, Susan Tedeschi, and Howie Day. But State Police say the crowd was a significant dip in numbers than in recent years, when around a half-million people took in the annual celebration, according to the Boston Globe.
Security measures were intense this year. Backpacks, glass containers, pre-mixed beverages, and coolers on wheels were all banned from the Esplanade, while a heightened presence of police surveillance was visible to all.
I think we have done what the public expects us to do in the wake of what happened at the marathon,” Governor Deval Patrick told WBZ.
Governor Patrick says he assumes the blazing heat, which touched the low-to-mid 90's, deterred some people from joining in on the fun.
“I think the heat probably thinned the crowd,” he told WBZ. “I had a look from the air … the outline of the shade is the outline of the crowd."
There one was very special surprise for the evening. MBTA Officer Richard Donohue, who was severely wounded in manhunt that followed the Boston Marathon bombings, took the stade to conduct the Pops in a performance of the Dropkick Murphy's "I'm Shipping Up to Boston."
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