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Tech Night at Pops balloon drop
Tech Night at Pops balloon drop. Photo: Dominick Reuter.

Tech Night at Pops is MIT's longest-running reunion tradition—115 years and counting!—and perhaps the most beloved. Each year, alumni, graduating students, and guests pack Symphony Hall to hear the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart. While the musical program changes, one tradition remains constant: the balloon drop set to the accompaniment of "Stars and Stripes Forever."

If you've never seen it, it's quite something. And a perfect way to prep that patriotic spirit for July 4th. Many thanks to Sandy Laeser (wife of Dick Laeser '62) for the video.

Of course, once all the balloons have dropped there's nothing left to do but pop them, right?


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