The Independence Day fireworks celebrations are being held in Boston one day ahead – on the third instead of the fourth of July. That’s because of the weather – and the Beach Boys.
Hurricane Arthur is expected to hit early in the morning on the fourth, so the Boston Pops concert organizers had two choices – hold the fireworks show on the third or the fifth. They chose the third because the Beach Boys couldn’t come on the fifth – they have another concert elsewhere that day.
The Boston Pops concert organizers’ decision to move the July 4th extravaganza up a day was needed to keep the Beach Boys available, but it booted out Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block fame.
The threat from Hurricane Arthur made it necessary to change the date of the event from Friday, but it was the Beach Boys’ Saturday plans that pushed the entire fireworks show up to Thursday.
The Beach Boys already have a scheduled concert in Wantagh, NY on July 5th, so Boston organizers were forced to move the concert up a day or face a Surfin USA-less show. Given the enthusiasm for the concert from the Boys themselves, that decision must not have been too difficult. “I’ve always wanted to do something with the Boston Pops, and we finally got the call only after 52 short years,” Beach Boys member Mike Love told the Boston Globe.
Twitter shows the Beach Boys rehearsing for the show at the Esplanade in Boston.
Mike Love leads the Beach Boys in rehearsal at the Hatch Shell. Hear more
Ally Donnelly (@AllyNECN) July 3, 2014
— kim tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) July 3, 2014
— Jay Borselle (@JayWBZ) July 3, 2014
I wonder what Mike Love & Co will be playing at the concert. Here they are at their prime way back in the Sixties performing one of their greatest hits, Surfin’ USA. Rock on!