Five things to do around Greater Boston, July 2-15
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Casanova’s Europe at the MFA, the Great New England Air & Space Show, and more.
Editor’s note: This edition of Your Week Ahead covers two weeks. Look for the next Globe Magazine on July 15.
July 3 and 4
Red, White & New
Spread a blanket on the Charles River Esplanade for the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the recently renovated Hatch Memorial Shell. Or park a lawn chair on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to watch on a big screen, a new option this year. Rachel Platten (“Fight Song”), who grew up in Newton, headlines. Tuesday’s show — known in past years as the dress rehearsal — is the same as Wednesday’s, but without fireworks. 8 p.m. both nights. Free. bostonpopsjuly4th.com
Opening July 8
A Thousand Words
Giacomo Casanova was a notorious womanizer, a traveler, and a writer, and now he’s the center of the Museum of Fine Arts exhibition Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century . More than 250 paintings, pieces of furniture, musical instruments, and other artifacts help put the Italian adventurer in context. Through October 8. $25, under 18 free. mfa.org
Stray from the crowded sidewalk and window-shop as you stroll the traffic-free asphalt at Open Newbury Street. Vehicles will be banned to let shoppers and entertainers take over from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue. Don’t fret if you can’t make it — the Back Bay’s highest-profile shopping destination will also be carless on August 12 and September 9. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. boston.gov
July 10 to 14
Survival of the Funniest
See 100 stand-up comics compete for the title of Funniest Person in Massachusetts (and a $500 prize) at Laugh Boston. The inaugural competition features five rounds of perform-ances, with semifinals on July 13 and finals July 14. July 10 through 12 at 8 p.m.; July 13 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; July 14 at 8 p.m., with a 10 p.m. after-party. $20. laughboston.com
July 14 and 15
Catch Some Air
Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee plays host to breathtaking acts featuring planes and parachutists during The Great New England Air & Space Show. The big stars of the weekend are the US Air Force Thunderbirds; on the ground, explore aircraft displays, including World War II and contemporary equipment. 10 a.m. both days. Free. greatnewenglandairshow.com