Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Greater Boston, July 2-15

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Casanova’s Europe at the MFA, the Great New England Air & Space Show, and more.

The annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is set for the Fourth of July, with a rehearsal the night before.
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The annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is set for the Fourth of July, with a rehearsal the night before.

Editor’s note: This edition of Your Week Ahead covers two weeks. Look for the next Globe Magazine on July 15.

July 3 and 4

Red, White & New

Spread a blanket on the Charles River Esplanade for the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the recently renovated Hatch Memorial Shell. Or park a lawn chair on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to watch on a big screen, a new option this year. Rachel Platten (“Fight Song”), who grew up in Newton, headlines. Tuesday’s show — known in past years as the dress rehearsal — is the same as Wednesday’s, but without fireworks. 8 p.m. both nights. Free.

Opening July 8

A Thousand Words

Giacomo Casanova was a notorious womanizer, a traveler, and a writer, and now he’s the center of the Museum of Fine Arts exhibition Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century. More than 250 paintings, pieces of furniture, musical instruments, and other artifacts help put the Italian adventurer in context. Through October 8. $25, under 18 free.

July 8

Street Smart

Stray from the crowded sidewalk and window-shop as you stroll the traffic-free asphalt at Open Newbury Street. Vehicles will be banned to let shoppers and entertainers take over from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue. Don’t fret if you can’t make it — the Back Bay’s highest-profile shopping destination will also be carless on August 12 and September 9. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 10 to 14

Survival of the Funniest


See 100 stand-up comics compete for the title of Funniest Person in Massachusetts (and a $500 prize) at Laugh Boston. The inaugural competition features five rounds of perform-ances, with semifinals on July 13 and finals July 14. July 10 through 12 at 8 p.m.; July 13 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; July 14 at 8 p.m., with a 10 p.m. after-party. $20.

July 14 and 15

Catch Some Air

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Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee plays host to breathtaking acts featuring planes and parachutists during The Great New England Air & Space Show. The big stars of the weekend are the US Air Force Thunderbirds; on the ground, explore aircraft displays, including World War II and contemporary equipment. 10 a.m. both days. Free.

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