“While disappointed not to be able to present our traditional live concert on the Charles River Esplanade, we are putting all our energies into developing a truly special commemorative broadcast event,” Pops conductor Keith Lockhart said. But did you know the law was this restrictive? . They’re pissed off at what’s happening, and this is their way of rebelling.”. Massachusetts police crack down on fireworks surge, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window). 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. “We’ve never seen, in the history of our industry, demand so high for consumer fireworks,” Zoldan said. Additionally, Weimer says, many public fireworks displays have been canceled, including the annual Boston Pops event. –Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe, https://www.boston.com/culture/coronavirus/2020/06/26/4th-of-july-fireworks-massachusetts. “The corollary to that is that people are going to do small, manageable displays of fireworks at their homes,” Weimer says. Massachusetts residents are free to set off fireworks in, say, the back yards of family members’ houses in New Hampshire or Maine, he said, and enforcing Massachusetts laws should not be left to fireworks retailers. During a community conversation about fireworks Thursday night, hosted over Zoom by City Councilor Julia Mejia, several city residents shared the stories of how fireworks have been impacting their quality of life. And it’s all happening as Boston and other communities have canceled the huge, commercial fireworks displays people look forward to each July 4. For much of the past two months, the skies of Greater Boston have been lit up by a noisy display that has divided the region into two camps: those lighting off fireworks and those wondering why their neighbors won’t stop lighting off fireworks. Follow him on Twitter @andyrosen. Fireworks exploded near the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. The 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. . And those folks who are collecting unemployment have money. 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. Another man admitted that he was bringing his haul back home to Weymouth: “Everybody’s setting off fireworks. Seven things to know about going to a movie theater, Kim Kardashian dragged for boasting about lavish island birthday party: 'Read the room', Boston.com Book Club’s next read is ‘We Ride Upon Sticks’ by Quan Barry, A new Netflix series tells the story of a Boston man freed after 22 years in prison, Video: Boston Symphony Orchestra returns to Symphony Hall, Bette Midler: Key members of 'Hocus Pocus' cast want to return for sequel, Here are the 9 towns and cities where HBO Max is filming its Julia Child pilot, 'It is truly a terrible film, which may be why few have heard of it. OK. Rick Sobey is a multimedia, general assignment reporter -- covering breaking news, politics and more across the region. In part, that’s because neighboring New Hampshire is far more permissive, and has plenty for sale. (If your town is still holding fireworks, email us at, Residents hoping for some traditional July 4 entertainment may have to settle for “, The story behind John Mulaney's Marblehead reference in his 'SNL' monologue, 'Weekend Update' compares Donald Trump to serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Jim Carrey shares a spooky Halloween election prediction during "SNL" cold open, 7 ways to experience Halloween around the world from your couch, PHOTOS: 14 best Halloween costumes from readers, All the movies and TV shows hitting Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in November 2020, Watch all of the 'Saturday Night Live' cold open sketches so far this season, 'Borat' star gives church $100K after member appears in film, 6 takeaways from ‘The Shame’ discussion with author Makenna Goodman, Is it safe?