Fourth of July

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.

Under cloudy skies, revelers fill Esplanade

More than 100 people lined up early and spilled onto the grass for Saturday night’s show just after 9 a.m.

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

Andrea Motyl, 23, of Westford waited in line on the Charles River Esplanade to stake her claim to a spot on the oval for tonight's Fourth of July Celebration in Boston.

A cloudy July 4, with a chance of passing showers

Low pressure south of New England will keep skies mostly cloudy, with a chance of passing sprinkles in Boston.

Grilling recipes for Fourth of July weekend

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

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.

Jelena Jankovic (right) forced Petra Kvitova’s earliest Wimbledon exit since 2009.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova eliminated at Wimbledon

Jelena Jankovic beat Kvitova, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, Saturday on Centre Court.

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.

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.

A Lawrence Police officer stands on the porch at 7 Exchange St., where a woman was shot to death early morning.

Woman shot to death in Lawrence

A woman in her 40s was found inside an apartment building on Exchange Street about 4 a.m., suffering from a gunshot wound.

Jacques Lacombe and Kirill Gerstein perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the Opening Night of the Tanglewood.

Tanglewood opens with all-American program

At the time of the piece’s creation, Carl Sandburg observed that “the ideas of Lincoln fight the ideas of Hitler.”

New Bills coach Rex Ryan knows the Patriots quite well from his six seasons with the Jets.

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What’s behind the home buyer pilgrimage to Plymouth?

The development of the upscale Pinehills community helped kick things off, but downtown Plymouth has also seen a vigorous revitalization.

With the Mass. Pike already prone to backups, critics of hosting the Olympics say VIP trav-el lanes would only make things worse, But Boston 2024 says it can limit serious conflicts.

Fast lanes for athletes, VIPs part of Olympic plan

The IOC urges host cities to implement the fast lanes so athletes, media, and sponsors can count on reliable journey times.

The governor’s announcement in February of a panel to overhaul the MBTA has led to disagreements with unions.

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Democrats now cast wary eye on Baker

Charlie Baker, a Republican elected governor by appealing to Democrats, has demonstrated how difficult it is to please everyone.

Sarah Norris, in a Craigville Beach parking lot, said she thought smoking was “frowned upon,” rather than prohibited.

Cape towns ban beach smoking

Eight of Cape Cod’s 15 towns have banned smoking on the beach in response to complaints about fumes and litter.

Five armed robberies in 45 minutes in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge

Police are investigating whether the robberies that occurred early Friday morning are related, authorities said.

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.

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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.