Fourth of July

Kate Bullock and her niece McKenna Duggan waited on the Esplanade.

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Kate Bullock and her niece McKenna Duggan waited on the Esplanade.

James Barnes, of Brighton, had a seat in the front row for the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

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James Barnes, of Brighton, had a seat in the front row for the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

John and Erin Pennington kissed while wearing American flag themed mustaches.

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John and Erin Pennington kissed while wearing American flag themed mustaches.

Leo Bingham, 9, and his sister Nina, 11, (right) enjoyed the playground.

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Leo Bingham, 9, and his sister Nina, 11, (right) enjoyed the playground.

People waited on the grass in front of the Hatch Shell.

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People waited on the grass in front of the Hatch Shell.

Martha Murphy and her mother Jodie Murphy (right) used plastic bags while waiting out the rain.

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Martha Murphy and her mother Jodie Murphy (right) used plastic bags while waiting out the rain.

Sibel Ozcimen and her daughter Defne braced themselves for the rain.

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Sibel Ozcimen and her daughter Defne braced themselves for the rain.

Chantal Seng shielded herself from the rain.

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Chantal Seng shielded herself from the rain.

Ginger and Tom Evans shield waited on the Esplanade in the rain.

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Ginger and Tom Evans shield waited on the Esplanade in the rain.

Members of the 215th Army Band from Fall River entertained the crowd at the Esplanade.

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Members of the 215th Army Band from Fall River entertained the crowd at the Esplanade.

Members of the State Police underwater recovery unit secured the shoreline along the Esplanade.

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Members of the State Police underwater recovery unit secured the shoreline along the Esplanade.

John Myron, 17, of Berkley cleaned up his space as he waited for festivities to begin.

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John Myron, 17, of Berkley cleaned up his space as he waited for festivities to begin.

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A girl worked to secure a hammock on the Esplanade as a State Police boat floated past.

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National Guard members fired howitzers in preparation for the festivities.

People waited in line to stake their claim on the Esplanade early Saturday.

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People waited in line to stake their claim on the Esplanade early Saturday.

State Police worked inside the Unified Command Center in Boston.

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State Police worked inside the Unified Command Center in Boston.

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Andrea Motyl, 23, of Westford waited in line at the Esplanade.

Penelope Morisette, 7, of Milton watched as her bag was checked on the Esplanade.

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Penelope Morisette, 7, of Milton watched as her bag was checked on the Esplanade.

State Police kept a watchful eye from the Unified Command Center in Boston.

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State Police kept a watchful eye from the Unified Command Center in Boston.

 Tony Putz, 45, of Somerville took his chair through security on the Esplanade.

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Tony Putz, 45, of Somerville took his chair through security on the Esplanade.

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People celebrated after staking their claim to a spot in the front row of the hatch shell.

“State Police have security well-covered on the Esplanade,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.

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“State Police have security well-covered on the Esplanade,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.

Megan Schinker, 13, of Stow, Ohio, sprawled out near the Hatch Shell.

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Megan Schinker, 13, of Stow, Ohio, sprawled out near the Hatch Shell.

Live updates | July 4

Boston Pops set to play the Esplanade

Keith Lockhart will celebrate his 20th year as conductor of the Pops at the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4. Follow updates from Globe writers.

People waited on the grass at the Charles River Esplanade.

Skies clear as revelers await fireworks spectacular

Amid tight security, patriotic revelers charged onto the grass early to await the free concert and nighttime fireworks display.

The Declaration of Independence

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Want to escape the city? Three day trips to tranquility

These destinations in Groton, Walpole, and Newbury offer a chance for contemplation.

Treasures abound at the Wrentham Country Store.

With antiques, the thrill is in the hunt

Antiquers chart junkets to various hot spots from Waltham to Pembroke to Somerville in search of a deal on all things vintage, rare, and kitsch.

 Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz has drawn criticism — from inside his office, from defense lawyers, from judges — over arranging deals with repeat offenders in exchange for their testimony in Brockton area murder cases.

Plymouth’s DA faces fire for witness deals gone awry

Cruz has apparently broken his own rule when it comes to cutting deals with career criminals.

BOSTON, MA - JULY 4: Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox throws in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on July 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

RED SOX 6, ASTROS 1

Clay Buchholz throws complete game in win over Astros

Buchholz gave up just six hits and struck out eight without a walk to win his fourth straight start.

A computer-generated composite image depicted the little girl whose body was found on Deer Island last week as she may have appeared in life.

Overwhelming public interest in Deer Island case

A police posting on Facebook that asked for help identifying the girl had over 30 million views by Saturday morning.

Plan for temporary Olympic stadium may be in Boston’s favor

The demountable stadium is a novel option under the IOC’s Agenda 2020, which has given host cities flexibility in venue choices.

Carli Lloyd (far right) and Megan Rapinoe (far left) — along with teammate Julie Johnston — are finalists for the Golden Ball.

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Felix Hernandez would get this writer’s nod as the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star Game, not just for his strong season but also for his stature in the game.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Who should make the 2015 MLB All-Star teams?

The Globe’s baseball writer offers who he’d like to see on this year’s rosters.

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The Big Picture

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Globe photos of the month, June 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.