At the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, workers are putting finishing touches on the stage, hoisting those huge speakers onto towers, running thousands of feet of cable, all in preparation for Monday's Fourth of July Spectacular.
This year marks a turning point for the Boston tradition. It's the final celebration for two of the event's central figures.
Businessman and philanthropist David Mugar is retiring, he's been executive producer of the event for 43 years. Angelo Tilas is also retiring, he's manager of the Hatch Shell and district supervisor for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, a post he's held for more than 30 years.
You may not have heard of Angelo Tilas, but every year when Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops take the stage and everything goes off without a hitch, Angelo Tilas is the man to thank.
This segment aired on July 1, 2016.