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BOSTON — The Boston Pops put on a big Fourth of July show at the Hatch Shell in front of thousands of people, who waited three years for this to come back after the pandemic.

“We’re very, very excited about being here – we’ve looked forward to it for quite awhile,” said April Wyman, who came seven hours before showtime to get a good spot.

“Luckily we got a place that was in the shade, and the weather has been beautiful,” said Wyman.

Angie Messer came up to Boston for the first time from Florida to see the Pops after watching them on TV for years.

“We are very excited, very excited. This was like our only must-do on the trip, the rest we’re playing it by ear, but this is what we wanted to actually made sure we did,” said Messer.

While most come to see the orchestra led by conductor Keith Lockhart, many also came to see singer Chaka Khan.

Even though the crowds were huge, a lot of people say there were no issues getting into the venue.

“Long lines, but they moved very quickly,” said Edie Dunn, from North Carolina.

Many were reassured to see lots of police officers, from state troopers to military police all throughout the area.

“There was such a huge police presence, so we felt very safe,” said Dunn.

The concert ended with a big fireworks display over the Charles River Esplanade.

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