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(NECN: Alison King, Boston) - Boston's Fourth of July festivities are well underway. Harbor Fest drew thousands of people to City Hall Plaza Wednesday.
So it was no surprise to see Boston Mayor Tom Menino in the middle of it all, reading Robert McCloskey's classic: "Make Way for Ducklings."
This is Menino's last Independence Day as Mayor of Boston, and he says he's going to miss presiding over many of the activities.
"It's a very special day," said Menino of the holiday. "It's the best place to be in America on the fourth of July."
As Menino knows all too well, Boston's Fourth is being watched more closely this year following April's Marathon bombings.
Security at the big Boston Pops Esplande concert and fireworks show has been ramped up, especially since the Tsarnaev brothers were originally planning to attack that event.
But Menino is not worried.
"I'm perfectly comfortable about the Esplanade," he said. "They've done a lot of work on it, the Boston Police and the state police are all working together and we're doing everything we can to make it a safe celebration and I believe it will be safe tomorrow evening."
Mayor Menino won't be at the Esplanade for the Fourth of July. He's actually never once been to that Esplanade celebration in all his years as Mayor. In fact, it's hard to pin the Mayor down on just exactly where he will be for the holiday.
"I just hang out," he said.
What's hanging out?
"Hanging out? I'm not telling you," said Menino.
Asked if he would spend the day celebrating at home, he simply said, "No."
Where will he be?
"Thank you very much," Menino said mysteriously.
Menino says he'll be part of the crowd.