Tourists unfazed by change in Fourth of July concert plans

You can’t argue with Mother Nature — or Tropical Storm Arthur, for that matter.

That was the general reaction in downtown Boston today to the announcement that the annual Fourth of July Boston Pops concert and fireworks show was being moved up a day to Thursday, instead of Friday.

“You do what you’ve go to do,” said Gary Timm, 59, of Pierce, Neb.


He said the area around his home just saw seven tornadoes in seven days, so his understands that weather is beyond control.

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He and his wife, Cheryl, 51, also said they were happy that organizers were being cautious with potentially dangerous weather ahead, noting that many people planning to attend, like them, are tourists, and unfamiliar with the area.

“People are from out of town,” Cheryl said. “They don’t know where to go if they have a problem.”

Vanessa Spallone, 41, of Orlando, Fla., was in town with her husband and two boys, ages 12 and 9. She said she had been to fireworks on the days before or after the Fourth before, so the shift did not bother her.

“I don’t know that you can have fireworks in the rain, and, of course, the ambience isn’t as joyous,” she said.


The scheduling change was actually good for some visitors. Frank Lawnicki, 46, of Chicago, was in town with his wife, son, and a bunch of friends.

They had planned to head to Cape Cod on Friday, thus missing the city’s annual bash.

Now, Lawnicki said, they’ll be able to experience the famous Esplanade festivities.

“We’ll be down there watching the fireworks,” he said.