Earlier this month Tanglewood made some major announcements about its summer 2021 series, including the postponement of the traditional James Taylor 4th of July performance. In an announcement over the weekend, The Boston Pops announced that their 4th of July Spectacular that traditionally takes place in the city will be held at the Lenox music venue.

On June 4th, Taylor announced his 2021 summer performance would be pushed to the summer of 2022 after an update on capacity guidelines from the Tri-Town Health Department was released. The Tri-Town Health Department updated protocols stating that all venues with a capacity of 9,000 or greater, whether indoor or outdoor, are prohibited from exceeding 9,000 for any one event, not including event staff, performers, and performers’ staff. The pre-pandemic capacity of Tanglewood was 18,000 people including the lawn, which regularly sold out for Taylor's performances.

On Friday, the Boston Pops announced that they will move their annual July 4th concert from the Esplanade in Boston to Tanglewood due to ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns. The televised event is normally followed by a fireworks display over the Charles River, however this year the fireworks will still be set off in Boston, but from the Boston Common instead. So stay with time, concert at Tanglewood in Lenox, followed by Fireworks in Boston. BSO officials stated that they plan to bring the concert back to the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade in 2022.

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According to the Boston Pops, the concern will be capped at the allotted 9,000 and free tickets will be made available to the general public, on a first-come, first-served basis on June 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be limited to four per household.


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