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July 4 fireworks gala loses its national pop

CBS pulls plug, as ratings fade. One local organizer says: Blame New York

For the first time in more than 20 years, the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will not be televised nationally after the CBS Television Network declined to renew a contract with the show’s producers.

Instead, the performance will only appear locally on WBZ-TV, pushed out of the national market, a local organizer says, by a competing fireworks show in New York City. It marks a significant downsizing in the profile of the glitzy event — one that could make it harder to draw top stars as headliners — and comes just two months after the Marathon bombing drew the nation’s eyes to Boston.

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