Fourth of July

Fireworks exploded over the Charles River as seen from the roof of a Boston University building at 33 Harry Agganis Way.

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Fireworks exploded over the Charles River as seen from the roof of a Boston University building at 33 Harry Agganis Way.

Fireworks lit up the Boston sky during a performance by Michelle Brooks-Thompson and Melinda Doolittle.

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Fireworks lit up the Boston sky during a performance by Michelle Brooks-Thompson and Melinda Doolittle.

People sang along with the Boston Pops performance on the Charles River Esplanade during Fourth of July celebrations.

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People sang along with the Boston Pops performance on the Charles River Esplanade during Fourth of July celebrations.

The Boston Crusaders drum and bugle corps took to the stage during the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the DCR Hatch Shell Saturday.

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The Boston Crusaders drum and bugle corps took to the stage during the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the DCR Hatch Shell Saturday.

People took in the light show as the Boston Pops performed Saturday.

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People took in the light show as the Boston Pops performed Saturday.

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhard led the orchestra at the Hatch Shell.

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Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhard led the orchestra at the Hatch Shell.

Eli (left) and Sam Schmidt played with flags on the lawn near the Esplanade.

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Eli (left) and Sam Schmidt played with flags on the lawn near the Esplanade.

People cheered for the Navy Leap Frogs during the aerial show.

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People cheered for the Navy Leap Frogs during the aerial show.

Members of the Navy's Leap Frogs created streams of colored smoke as they jumped from a plane for an aerial show.

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Members of the Navy's Leap Frogs created streams of colored smoke as they jumped from a plane for an aerial show.

Tina Jones relaxed before the free fireworks show.

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Tina Jones relaxed before the free fireworks show.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Chris Tuttle played with his daughter Clare.

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Chris Tuttle played with his daughter Clare.

A man slept under a tent early Saturday.

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A man slept under a tent early Saturday.

Thousands attend fireworks spectacular on Esplanade

The 42d annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a distinctly Boston event, but attracts people from all over the world.

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart led the orchestra.

Music Review

Boston Pops put patriotic power on display on perfect night

On a crisp, cool evening as close to perfect as I expect I’ll ever encounter, anticipation ran high for Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary.

Grilling recipes for Fourth of July weekend

Prepare a charcoal grill or turn a gas grill on for these long-weekend meals.

People celebrated as the performance at the Hatch Shell came to a close.

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Scenes from the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Thousands took in the fireworks display over the Charles River Saturday night.

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

 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.

Lawrence police arrest four suspected of armed-robbery spree

The arrests were in connection with a string of armed robberies in Lawrence, Cambridge, Brookline, and Boston on Friday.

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.

Millions view site seeking to ID girl in Deer Island case

Investigators said they are “in awe” of the help they are receiving from the public.

 Glenn Quirion of Sweet Tooth Bakery uses dozens of eggs in batters.

Higher egg prices hitting shops, consumers

The price of eggs has doubled in just a few short weeks after an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest.

Jefferson Davis’s monument.

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Divided Nation

Richmond split over how to remember Confderate history

It’s not just the city’s history of inequality but its continuing unequal treatment of the Confderacy over slavery, says one activist.

US vs. Japan | 7 p.m. (FOX)

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Clay Buchholz, who won his fifth straight decision, was thrilled with a pivotal double play in the seventh inning.

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Clay Buchholz goes the distance in July 4 victory

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

Three bodies found in two homes in Boothbay Harbor

The bodies of two men and one woman were discovered after police conducted a well-being check. at one of the homes.

Ground Game

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Whether Trump is serious about running for president or just serious about publicity, his sudden support is hard to ignore.

Opinion

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The classic American history painting captures a scene that never occurred.

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.