Anticipating severe weather, the Gloucester Fireworks Committee has canceled the annual July 3 fireworks display that was initially set to go off Thursday night at 9:30 p.m., and Manchester officials have now followed suit.
According to Barry Pett, who has been an organizer of Gloucester’s fireworks show since 1992, there are a few weather-related reasons — rain and winds.
“We cannot shoot fireworks if the winds are over 20 miles per hour,” he said.
The National Weather Service is predicting South winds of around 11 miles per hour Thursday evening, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms and a 50 percent chance of precipitation.
With Thursday night’s cancellation, the fireworks show, which costs $15,000 in fund-raising efforts, is being combined with the usual Labor Day fireworks show on Aug. 30, Pett said.
“It’s not that will be longer, but it will be much bigger,” Pett said, as a double performance.
Meanwhile, the free concert on Stacy Boulevard, presented in conjunction with the Horribles Parade and the planned fireworks show will still go on, concert coordinator Brent “Ringo” Tarr said today.
The concert, however, will simply start after the passing of the Horribles parade — at around 7 or 7:30 p.m., Tarr said.
The Horribles Parade is also still on, starting at 6 p.m. from Gloucester High School.
Gloucester's fireworks isn't the only advance cancellation.
The town of Manchester announced this afternoon that it has postponed its planned Thursday night fireworks display until Sunday. The Manchester fireworks are now set for Sunday at Singing Beach, starting at 9:15 p.m..
Rockport officials said they will make decisions tomorrow morning regarding that town's planned Fourth of July Firemen's Parade and bonfire, both slated for Friday, the 4th.
We will update this story here at gloucestertimes as more information becomes available.
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