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From last year –

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From right now –

http://www.atdhe.net/19828/watch-4th-of-july-concert

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Very Nifty –

http://www.pyroshows.com/index.html

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In a little while – (San Francisco, California) –

Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration
Sunday, July 4, 2010
3:00 PM to 9:30 PM

PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with a star-spangled day line-up of entertainment for the whole family. Beginning at 3 pm, enjoy free live band performances in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza. From 3 – 5 pm, listen to the soft rock explosion of Mustache Harbor. Then get ready to rock out to your favorite 80’s hits with Tainted Love from 6 – 9:30 pm. Be sure to check out our street performers on the Crystal Geyser ALPINE SPRING WATER Stage throughout the day. After the concert at approximately 9:30 pm, look up to the sky over the Bay for The City of San Francisco’s annual fireworks display. PIER 39’s Fourth of July activities are proudly sponsored by Coca-Cola, Crystal Geyser ALPINE SPRING WATER, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, the San Francisco Examiner, Taiwan Tourism, Telemundo 48 and Verizon.

Post-Fireworks Fun at PIER 39!
Here’s a list of PIER 39’s shops, restaurants and attractions that will be open after the fireworks:

Restaurants
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Crab House, Fog Harbor Fish House, Hard Rock Cafe, Luigi’s Pizzeria, Neptune’s Palace Seafood Restaurant, Pier Market Seafood Restaurant, Players Arcade & Sports Grill, Sea Lion Cafe, Swiss Louis Italian & Seafood Restaurant, Wipeout Bar & Grill
Eateries and Sweets
Aunt Fanny’s Hot Pretzels, Biscoff Coffee Corner, Boudin Bakery Cafe, Candy Baron, Chocolate Heaven, Chowders, Crabcakes and Sweets, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Shop, The Fudge House, Hook and Cook, Trish’s Mini Donuts, Waffle Cone Shop, Wines of California Wine Bar
Shops
Fashion Trends, Image Arts San Francisco, Lefty’s – The Left Hand Store, Magnetron, Magnets, Only In San Francisco, San Francisco U.S.A., S.F. City Wear, Shirtique, Krazy Kaps, The Pearl Factory, Vitality, Waterfront Smoke Shop, Who Ya Callin’ A Crab, Wines of California
Carts
Churros Cart, Cotton Candy Cart, Pretzel Cart, Coke Cart

http://www.pier39.com/Events/

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Capital Fourth –

http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/

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Just cause I was wondering –

1812 Overture

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The 1812 Overture, complete with cannon fire, performed at the 2005 Classical Spectacular in Melbourne, Australia.

The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major, Op. 49,[1] popularly known as the 1812 Overture (French: Ouverture Solennelle, L’Année 1812, Russian: Торжественная увертюра «1812 год», Festival Overture The Year 1812), is an overture written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of Moscow against Napoleon‘s advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino in 1812. The overture debuted in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on August 20, 1882,[2] in the Gregorian calendar (the date in the Julian calendar was August 8). The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire and ringing chimes.

On his 1891 visit to the United States, Tchaikovsky conducted the piece at the dedication of Carnegie Hall in New York City.[3] While this piece has little connection with United States history besides the War of 1812 diverting the British, freeing Napoleon to attack Russia, it is often a staple at Fourth of July celebrations, such as the annual show by the Boston Pops[3] and at Washington DC’s annual program called A Capitol Fourth.[4]

Association with July 4th

Though most Americans recognize the work for its associations with the Independence Day celebrations of the United States, few realize the work’s inspiration as being not about the US and the British in the War of 1812, but the triumph of Russia on the far end of the Napoleonic Wars.[19][20]

Tchaikovsky scholar Leon Botstein argues that part of the reason for the United States commandeering of the tune is that the country was short on patriotic hymns and, given its ending, the Overture was conducive to grand bombastic performances. The Overture had been performed sporadically throughout the 20th century, but it was a 1974 performance by the Boston Pops that secured the work’s place in the nation’s patriotic canon. Conductor Arthur Fiedler directed a performance of the Pops on the Charles River Esplanade, replete with actual cannons, fireworks, and a steeple-bell choir. The broadcast around the country by the nation’s premier outdoor orchestra was successful and other orchestras followed suit. The Boston concert became an annual tradition in 1981 and the connotations have been worn into American cultural consciousness.[19]

Did Tchaikovsky ever hear the piece as written?

Musicologists questioned across the last third of a century have given no indication that the composer ever heard the Overture performed in authentic accordance with the 1880 plan. It is reported that he asked permission to perform the piece as planned in Berlin, but was denied it. Performances he conducted on U.S. and European tours were apparently done with simulated or at best inexact shots, if with shots at all, a custom universal until recent years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_Overture

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On the Capital Fourth website –

http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/tellus.html

What does the Fourth of July mean to you? What do you think makes this day special? What are your annual traditions? How do you celebrate?

It is the sadness of thousands of lives lost to protect our freedom to choose for ourselves as a nation. It is the knowing which rests inside every citizen of the United States about individual rights and Constitutional freedoms guaranteed by that blood. And it is the power of our hands, minds, hearts and voices that join each Fourth of July to remember and remind one another that it still matters.

–  my contribution to their website comments, cricketdiane, July 5, 12.15pm, 2010

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“Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” in its 37th year, is the orchestra’s annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert and is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Group.

New for 2010, the entire concert will be broadcast in HD (high definition), courtesy of Liberty Mutual Group. In addition, the final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial free by Liberty Mutual Group.

http://www.bso.org/bso/mods/c_09_gen_images.jsp?id=8300010

From their group of photos at the Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular page (immediately above) –

[Arthur Fiedler  celebrates July 4th, ca. 1980s]
Arthur Fiedler celebrates July 4th
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Though the Pops have performed free concerts on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade since 1929, the July 4th concert took on a new dimension in 1974 with the introduction of the concert’s now-famous grand spectacular fireworks finale.

Boston 4 Productions (www.july4th.org) has produced this annual event for the past 37 years, for which approximately 800,000 people pack Boston’s Charles River Esplanade. In addition, more than seven million people across the country and the globe join the Boston Pops through the annual televised broadcast, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Group.

Visit the event website, Boston’s Fourth of July, at:
http://www.July4th.org

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