1. Boston business boomed during holiday week

    Early estimates suggest a $60 million to $75 million increase in tourist spending over a typical Fourth of July week.

    (DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF)

     
  2. Globe photos of the week, July 6, 2012 

    The best photos taken this week by Globe staff photographers, as chosen by the Globe’s photo desk.

    (YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF)

     
  3. In mishap, San Diego fireworks all go off at once

    A display that was planned to last nearly 20 minutes was launched all at once in a 15-second bonanza.

    (JAMES GREGG/U-T SAN DIEGO/AP)

     
  4. After lightning, rain pass, it was fireworks as usual

    Storms prompted an evacuation on the Esplanade and a delay in Boston’s Fourth of July celebration, but the fireworks eventually went off.

    (YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF)

     
  5. Fireworks displays are 1,000 years in the making

    Modern displays like the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular have benefited from years of advances in chemistry and circuitry.

    (JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)

     
  6. TV coverage sticking to real fireworks this year

    CBS’s national broadcast of Boston’s Fourth of July celebration was criticized last year because historic buildings had been inserted into the fireworks video feed.

     
  7. OPERATION SAIL

    Shipping up to Boston

    The Globe guides you through activities as the Navy vessels pull into Boston Harbor for Operation Sail, from June 30 to July 5.

    (ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF)