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July 22, 2013

Fireworks group vows full show despite fund gap

The organizers of Rockport’s first fireworks event — billed as “Illumination Night,” and planned for Aug. 10 — are in the final stretches of fund-raising, and are still shy of their goal.

But they have also confirmed that the duration of the show will be for the full 20 minutes, similar in length to the Gloucester fireworks show that lit up the skies over Gloucester Harbor July 3.

Tim and Susan Collins have canvases local business in recent weeks as the look to close the gap for fund, of which they still need about $3,000, for the $15,000 show.

”We talked to the fireworks company and if we go over our goal, we can extend the show,” said Susan Collins.

Barry Pett, of the Gloucester Fireworks Committee, will be on hand at Granite Pier overseeing and helping out with the Rockport show. Gloucester’s waterfront fireworks show on July 3, ran for 24 minutes and 13 seconds.

“As we sat down to choose a date, they were looking for one that was not only in between other fireworks shows, but something to give the community another boost and that is exactly what it is turning out to be,” said Pett. “It will be a big plus and hopefully bring a lot of people out to enjoy and celebrate.”

Tim Collins said one of the main reasons for the doing the fireworks is to help the local businesses.

”The idea is that it will bring people into town so they eat in the restaurants, go to the galleries and shops, and stay for the fireworks,’ he said. “We wanted it in the middle of summer so it’s a different time for visitors to come into town.” The Illumination Night also follows Rockport’s annual Lobsterfest earlier in the day.

Pett said that American Thunder Fireworks will do the show. That’s the same North Reading-based company that puts on the annual Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend shows in Gloucester, and in many other communities along the North Shore.

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