The Hatch Shell sits alongside Storrow Drive, on the crisp green lawn of the Esplanade. Famous around Boston as one of the premier places for entertainment, the Hatch Shell hosts a variety of breezy outdoor concerts, movies, and speeches. The concert stage is wide open, and the interior of the shell shape is finished with a scalloped wooden pattern, acoustically secure for all guests. Perhaps the most famous function of this venue is The Boston Pops Orchestra performance every Fourth of July. The Pops were the first group to perform on the Esplanade in 1929, even before the Hatch Shell was built in 1941, and to this day they revisit every year for a patriotic celebration the Boston way. This 40-foot high shell was built using a $300,000 donation from Maria Hatch, who wanted a beautiful memorial for her deceased brother Edward; thus, the official name of this open-air amphitheater is the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell.
During a Hatch Shell event, visitors can sprawl out as they wish, with a nice picnic lunch and warm blankets to combat the chilly air of a Boston evening. In order to keep the environment safe and fun, no alcoholic beverages are allowed. If it's possible to get to the front of the crowd, check out the granite steps in the front of the stage. A variety of names, selected from only the most famous composers of history, are inscribed on the granite steps.
- Location: Esplanade, next to Storrow Drive near Copley Square exit
- Website: www.hatchshell.com/events.php