Found on YouTube: Pops Goes the 4th

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Boston is known across the country for its 4th of July celebration at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Hundreds of thousands of people gather for the& annual event that brings together the Boston Pops with usually& a pretty outstanding special guest artist and amazing fireworks.

Last year’s guest was country favorites Rascal Flatts and this year you can catch the one-and-only Neil Diamond at the Esplanade before the Pops’ peform their terrific rendition& "1812 Overture". The celebration will be broadcast on WBZ and picked up nationally on CBS as well. Craig Ferguson of "The Late Late Show" will host the event.

With all this in mind, we thought we’d see if we could find some of our favorite memories in recent years on YouTube.

Scroll down to watch all of our favorite videos.&

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The Pops delighted the crowd last year with their rendition of the Dropkick Murphys’ "Shipping Up To Boston" – complete with Irish step dancers.

In 2007, John Mellencamp and the Pops got the crowd moving with "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."

Back in 2001, Cyndi Lauper performed with the Pops. This video shows her song "True Colors" and also finds things getting a little hot in the conductor’s seat for Keith Lockhart.&

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth was certainly a surprising pick in 2004.& Even more surprising was how it actually worked out pretty darn well. Here they are performing "Jump".

Hometown heroes Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith teamed up with the Pops in 2006. Here’s a clip of the duo playing the band’s classic "Dream On" along with the orchestra.&

Lastly, we’ll leave you with a little bit of the Pops themselves peforming "Stars & Stripes Forever". What a great tradition we have here in Boston.&

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