It’s now official: State Police say that 500,000 people lined the Charles River for the annual Boston Pops Orchestra July 4 concert and fireworks. What’s amazing is that organizers on days before estimated that the very same 500,000 would show up. According to a story in the Boston Globe, July 6, 2016, State Police say 350,000 (that’s half the population of Boston) were on the Esplanade on the Boston side of the river, and 150,000 on the Cambridge side. The population of Cambridge is about 105,000. File under: Gullible reportering.