Observed on the Esplanade, Boston, July 5th:
Compared to previous years, turnout was very low (including last year when it rained, hard). It was probably a combination of heat, Boston being relatively empty, and excessive coverage of heightened security (which really wasn’t that heightened).
By the way, am I the only who thinks Boston seems empty compared to years past? Not sure why, but a strong (or not-weak) Boston economy lets people leave town, while a weak national economy lessens the number of the tourists.
That said, the fireworks were spectacular this year, and not being on the national TV schedule meant they could occur at a reasonable hour.