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Boston Fourth of July fireworks moved to tonight

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BOSTON (WHDH) - As the Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular approaches, officials in charge of planning have decided to move the festivities to Thursday night, July 3.

"We think the third gives us the best opportunity to get the live show and fireworks off,” Massachusetts State Police Col. Tim Alben said.

The decision to move the Boston Pops concert and fireworks over the Esplanade was based on the expected track of Hurricane Arthur.

"It's not optimal, we wish it were, but we've got to deal with this,” Alben said. He said security arrangements are ready, because the public final rehearsal would have been held Thursday night anyway.

Storrow Drive will be closed at noon on Thursday and the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge will close at 6 p.m. Alben said officials recognize that afternoon road closings ahead of the show will affect traffic on a work day. People were urged to use public transportation.

Some people think the decision to move the fireworks takes away from the excitement of the holiday.

"The fourth is the fourth and that’s when you need to have the fireworks. It’s not the same having them on the third. I do wish that they had held off and tried for the fourth,” Beth Gallagher said.

The secure area on the Esplanade will not be opened until 5 p.m. Thursday, but the rest of the park will remain open all day.

If rain causes problems, the fireworks could be postponed to Saturday but the concert would be canceled because of performer contracts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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