Mayor Thomas M. Menino appeared wistful as he stood in Faneuil Hall, addressing hundreds of visitors who attended the city’s annual Independence Day Oration and who gave him several standing ovations. It was his last Fourth of July as mayor of Boston.
“I’m humbled by it, for sure,” said Menino, 70, after the Thursday morning ceremony. “But really, why should they do it? I’m just doing what I’ve done my whole career as mayor. To me, it wasn’t about being special.”