I think i spent 22 hours out shooting in a 48 hour period. This will be a long post with photos from the 3rd as well as the 4th.
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First, some photos form the Dress Rehearsal on the 3rd. More photos can be seen here
Now Some photos form the 4th. I got down to The Hatch Shell at 8:30am for the 9am opening of the oval. More photos can be seen here http://patch.com/A-jSF5
At 9 a.m. the line of people that had been waiting for hours outside the gate were let in to claim their spots in front of the Hatch Shell. People came sprinting in, wielding tarps to save their places for the 8:30 p.m. Boston Pops show.
Next are some photos i took threw out the day. More photos at http://patch.com/A-jTNl
Lorin Blodgett, of Peabody, gets her face painted with stars and stripes.
Next are my photos form The Boston Pops Show at the Hatch Shell. More photos here at http://patch.com/A-jTBF
Fireworks light up the Hatch Shell Oval during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.
And lastly, some fireworks shots. Unfortunately, I didn't get very many. It's next to impossible to cover the Pops show, then get fireworks photos, and if you don't have a media credential for the show you're not even going to be able to see the display.
And I almost forgot, earlier this week i was able to go out to the fireworks barge and see what happens behind the scenes. More photos here
Over 15,000 mortar tubs will be filled in a 48 hour period by pyrotechnicians. The fireworks barge is actually comprised of 4 separate barges tied together--the 2 largest are 250ft long.
Pyrotechnician, Donnie Goldman, of New Orleans, Louisianna.
For two days, pyrotechnicians set up over 15,000 charges on the barge. Each one of the charges will be fired off by a computer that controls each effect down to one-tenth of a second for the July 4th finale.