Throwback Thursday: Hatch Shell

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Pictures taken aprox 1940.

In honor of the 4th of July, here’s a TBT of the Hatch Shell which is, of course, a huge part of the Boston 4th of July tradition.  The development of the Esplanade began in 1893 with plans to dam the Charles, which was completed by 1910. From there, the Esplanade was contructed and by the summer of 1929, we had the very first Boston Pops concert performed on the Esplanade. The Hatch Shell itself wasn’t constructed until 1941 thanks to a $300,000 donation by from Maria Hatch. Since then, we’ve seen the construction of Storrow Drive, the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike path and more space along the Esplanade. Check out more of the history here.

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