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No Live Fireworks Show, But Jet Flyover Helps Boston Celebrate July 4 at a Distance

Despite widespread cancellations because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are still several new and modified events to celebrate the Fourth of July

Despite widespread cancellations because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are still several new and modified events to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The U.S. Department of Defense conducted a flyover of Boston as part of the “Salute to Great Cities of the American Revolution.” The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds led the flyover.

B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers took part in the flyover, as did F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.

The aircraft passed the city's center around 4 p.m., coming from the northeast 1,000 feet above the ground. They flew over the USS Constitution and Fenway Park.

a military bomber and four fighter jets fly over boston on july 4
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A bomber and four fighter jets fly over Boston as part of a Department of Defense "Salute to America" on July 4, 2020.

While you can't catch the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade Saturday evening, the Pops is still holding a virtual concert to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Their pre-recorded concert, "A Salute to Our Heroes," will stream online and on TV at 8 p.m.

F-15 jets flew over Massachusetts hospitals to thank health care workers for their work on the front lines battling the pandemic.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the USS Constitution Museum streamed live on Facebook a special program that includes a ship tour, a 21-gun salute, a trivia contest and a wall climbing demonstration.

While the holiday may also be a time for private gatherings, the state's order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less remains in effect. Masks or face coverings should be worn in public gathering spaces when social distancing is not possible.

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