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.

Your guide to Boston’s July 4 fireworks

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/30/BostonGlobe.com/BCOM/Images/Lee_fireworks1_met.jpg What’s open, closed on Fourth of July

Find out what stores are open and the operating times of the T.

The Declaration of Independence

‘All men are created equal’

Read the document that changed the course of human history.

Adam Hodges-Leclaire onboard the frigate Hermione.

Living his dream aboard 18th-century replica ship

Adam Hodges-Leclaire, who dresses in historically accurate clothing, is the only American aboard a replica of Lafayette’s frigate for its commemorative Atlantic crossing.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes (68) was turned around by a 2 run scoring line drive single up the middle in the seventh inning on Friday night.

Game 83: Astros at Red Sox

The Sox continue their three-game series against the Astros with a 1:35 p.m. game.

The town has 37 miles of coastline and a population of 56,468 as of the 2010 US Census, a 15 percent increase since 2000.

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.

“We want to be as transparent as we possibly can,” said Police Commissioner William Evans.

Boston police to step up antibias measures

The move comes after a report said the department had disproportionately observed, interrogated, or searched black residents.

For many, remedial math not a solution

Of those who take remedial courses, only 1 in 5 goes on to complete a college-level math class and many never earn degrees.

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.

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.

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.

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/03/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/479077844.jpg Puerto Rico’s debt crisis in danger of crushing economy

After nearly a decade of recession, Puerto Rico’s government says it cannot pay its $73 billion debt much longer.

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.

TripAdvisor said it needed more space in moving to its Needham site.

Business policies giving Needham an edge over Newton

Newton has been on the wrong end of a number of relocations lately, and business leaders say that’s not a coincidence.

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.