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    Uncertainty surrounds future of the Boston fireworks show (Published Tuesday, June 28, 2016)

    Boston, known for its elaborate Fourth of July parties, faces uncertainty regarding the future of the city's fireworks show.

    The magnificient fireworks show is accompanied by the world renowned Boston Pops orchestra, all along the banks of the scenic Charles River.

    Considering many who grew up in greater Boston have been to the fireworks show at least once, it is not surprising people were unhappy to hear that the event is without a sponsor next year, and therefore may not happen.

    Darren Simpson of Cambridge said, "Oh that would be a tragedy. It's a real gem of the city."

    That is because 77-year-old Star Market heir David Mugar is retiring after his 43rd celebration next week.

    Mugar has donated about $20-million to the event since he first convinced legendary Pops Conductor Arthur Fieldler to end the July 4 concert with cannons and fire works and of course, the 1812 Overture.

    None of the reported 1,000 corporations contacted has stepped up to take over the CBS nationally televised event.

    Simpson said, "Some things are worth more than just the bottom line. I don't know what kind of a return on investment you get other than it's something that the community looks forward to and it's a real hallmark of the community."

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city has some work to do to make sure it all happens again next year, but until the 4th, he wants to focus on celebrating the contributions of David Mugar.

    Ed McCarthy of Medway said, "I doubt that will ever happen...Somehow there will be a grassroots movement, I'm sure. People pull together here as Boston Strong."

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