The 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. –Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe
Mass. towns can still hold Fourth of July fireworks. Most are opting not to.
Macy’s, which traditionally holds a large fireworks display in New York City, is following that playbook by holding unannounced daily five-minute displays at various locations in New York City starting June 29 and concluding with a televised July 4 finale.
The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services typically posts a public list about upcoming fireworks displays based on the permit requests it receives from municipalities. Jennifer Mieth, the department’s public information officer, said that won’t be the case this year, however.
Boston.com traditionally publishes a list of July 4 fireworks displays each year, so we conducted the research again for 2020. In all, we found more than 70 displays that are canceled or postponed. (If your town is still holding fireworks, email us at [email protected] to let boston.com know.)
The town of Clinton, on the other hand, continued discussing the possibility of holding a Fourth of July fireworks celebration until mid-June. The town’s annual celebration was set to be held on July 11. But after discussion at a town meeting, PJ Chamberlain, president of Clinton Firefighters IAFF Local 3189, told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that the fireworks would not be held.
Most towns canceled the fireworks displays back in May, taking no chances with holding a town-wide event where large crowds would likely gather.
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