By Luke Boelitz | Thursday, June 30, 2011
June 30, 2011
BOSTON — Some people just can’t get enough fireworks. If you're such a person, this has to be the best week of the year: you can find fireworks displays all over Greater Boston, seemingly non-stop, from now through July Fourth. Here's a rundown of many of the big events this weekend around the state.
Thursday, July 30
Boston Harbor: Fan Pier, 9:50 P.M.
Sponsored by the Fallon Corporation for the kick-off of the Extreme Sailing Series, with all kinds of boat racing from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. in the inner harbor every day up to the Fourth.
Friday, July 1
Brockton, MA: Brockton Fairgrounds, 10:30 P.M.
Considering the long drives to other fireworks displays around the state, this is the night to get you fix at the Brockton Fair. It’s only about 30 minutes south of Boston, and there promises to be plenty of spectacle beside the fireworks: check out the bear show, 'A Grizzly Experience,' at 5:30 P.M.; Motocross at 7:00; and the Walker Brothers’ Circus at 8:00. There will also be fireworks every night through Monday, and the fair continues through July 10.
Saturday, July 2
Chesterfield, NH: Spofford Lake, 9:15 P.M.
It's the 250th anniversary of the town of Chesterfield! Activities are planned for the whole day, beginning with a parade at 10:00am. The fire department will be having a steak and lobster cookout from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Activities continue through Sunday.
The travel guide Lonely Planet calls this one of the best unknown Fourth of July celebrations: the 376-year-old town features a "red-white-and-blue concert at the waterfront" and a "vintage baseball game."
Sunday, July 3
Gloucester, MA: Over the harbor, 9:30 P.M.
The annual Fishtown Horribles Parade will leave at 6:00 from Gloucester High School and go through the town center. Here's a video of locals discussing this year's parade. And check the above link for more information about Independence Day celebrations in Gloucester and around Cape Ann.
Parking at Singing Beach is almost non-existent if you don’t have a town beach sticker. Allow plenty of time to park your car in town and walk out to the beach.
Arrive at 5:00 for family entertainment and live music.
Monday, July 4
Springfield, MA: Riverfront Park, 9:30 P.M.
It has been a rough month for Springfield and neighboring communities, but the recent tornadoes made it all the more important to hold the usual moral-boosting, pyrotechnic extravaganza. Festivities and music start at 7:30. And check out this listing for celebrations in other Western Massachusetts towns.
This is the grand finale: the 38th annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular features a concert from the famed orchestra at the Hatch Memorial Shell at 8:30. Sunday will feature a first performance, as well, but the fireworks — which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city and millions of viewers on national television — are saved for Monday, as the climactic main attraction.
By WGBH News | Tuesday, June 7, 2011
These are the stories WGBH covered for the first installment of the "Where We Live" series in April 2011.DEVENS
By WGBH News | Friday, June 3, 2011
June 3, 2011
The recovery effort in the Western Massachusetts communities affected by this week's tornadoes is underway and expanding. Organizations taking volunteers and donations are listed below, as well as some other ways you can help.
Red Cross - Pioneer Valley Chapter: The Red Cross is already at full volunteer capacity but still needs monetary help. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter at 506 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37242, Washington, D.C. 20013.
The Red Cross is also using a website to track residents that have been forced from their homes as a result of the tornadoes. People who have been displaced can post messages to confirm they are safe.
Salvation Army: Donations to aid victims and first-response crews can be made online, or a $10 minimum donation can be made by texting the word TSMA10 to 85944. To volunteer or to make a donation by phone, call 339-502-5900. In the coming days, there will be a request for non-perishable food and water donations. The Salvation Army will announce details for a drop-off location.
United Way of Pioneer Valley: The United Way has established a disaster relief fund with an initial grant of $25,000. To make donations to the Tornado Relief Fund, go to www.uwpv.org and click on the donate button, or mail a check, made payable to United Way of Pioneer Valley, to 184 Mill Street, Springfield, MA 01108. For more information, call the United Way at 413-693-0227.
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts: This food bank in Hatfield coordinated an immediate response to get food and water to people at shelters and those seeking help. For information on how to organize a food drive, visit this site, or follow this link to make a donation online. You can also contact the Food Bank at 413-247-9738 or 800-247-9632.
Easthampton Outdoor Market: This flea market in Easthampton is looking to organize a benefit concert and donation drive for Hampden County. The market will be open this weekend to provide information for interested volunteers. As of this writing, the benefit is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th, and you can follow updates and details on the market's Facebook page.
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society: The Leverett branch of the shelter is having a sale on cats and kittens from the Springfield area that were abandoned in the storm and are up for adoption. The main shelter in Springfield may also be sending some adoptable animals to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, which will announce more details in the coming days.
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In honor of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire (and Greek pride in general), the Greek Independence Day festival took over Boston Common on Sunday. The festival gave a hint of the wonderful culture — and food — one might experience on a visit, as with WGBH’s upcoming LearningTour.