July Fourth security: Here’s how police will keep you safe – USA Today


Police plan to use several time-tested tools and strategies — and a few new ones — to keep revelers safe this year at some of the nation’s largest July Fourth celebrations.

While authorities insist there have been no specific threats, security has become a pressing concern in U.S. cities this holiday weekend after recent terror attacks overseas on so-called “soft targets” — events and facilities where large numbers of people gather.

In Boston, police will be deploying a tethered drone for the first time to catch aerial views of the crowd and activities during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which could attract 500,000 people along the Charles River.