We are pleased to announce that we have reached an amicable agreement with the fireworks provider regarding the cancellation of the 2014 fireworks: we have recently signed a contract addendum that reschedules the fireworks to July 4th of 2015 with a new rain date of July 5th of 2015. As such, the deposit money was not lost and will instead be applied to next year’s fireworks display. For 2014 the only costs paid using the donated funds were the cost of the flares for the Harbor Illumination plus the necessary expenses for police and fire details.
As you will recall, we were informed by Atlas PyroVision, our fireworks provider, on July 1st that it was necessary to move the fireworks from July 4th to our predetermined rain date of July 5th due to passage of Hurricane Arthur. On the morning of July 5th we were subsequently informed that the captain of the tug boat had determined it was unsafe to transport the barge to Marblehead harbor due to wave height from the passage of then Tropical Storm Arthur being too great in Massachusetts Bay. As such, we were only able to perform our traditional Harbor Illumination, but were sadly unable to produce the fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day in Marblehead.
We are very grateful to all residents, town businesses, yacht clubs, and service organizations that have donated to the fireworks fund this year and we have worked tirelessly to preserve the donated funds for next year’s celebration to the maximum extent possible. We are also grateful to Atlas PyroVision for agreeing to this compromise and look forward to next year’s installment of the Marblehead Fireworks and Harbor Illumination 2015.
We have just been informed by our fireworks provider that due to unsafe sea conditions on Saturday morning the captain of the tug boat has decided that it will not be possible to move the fireworks barge to Marblehead harbor and load the fireworks safely. Unfortunately, this means that despite our best efforts and in stark contrast with the beautiful weather forecast for the rest of the day, the Marblehead Fireworks are CANCELED this year.
However, we will proceed with the traditional Marblehead Harbor Illumination at 8:45 PM on Saturday, July 5th, since all the flares have already been distributed and we invite you to enjoy a beautiful evening on your boat, at your yacht club, or in one of the many parks in Marblehead, as you watch the beautiful ring of fire around the harbor.
NEW for 2014: In order to allow for online donations to the Fireworks Fund, we have recently established a separate Friends of the Marblehead Fireworks non-profit organization that is now accepting online donations via PayPal or credit card.
Welcome to the updated 2014 Marblehead Fireworks and Harbor Illumination Web Site. We hope you will find the site informational and entertaining. We also hope that by starting to think about the summer you will be motivated to send us a donation to insure that we can continue this fine Marblehead Tradition. Click on the donation tab above to learn more.
The 2014 Fireworks are scheduled for Friday, July 4th, 2014 at approximately 9:00 P.M. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 8:45 P.M. and immediately following we will LIGHT THE FUSE ON THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF FIREWORKS FOREVER!
If you are on Facebook, please join the Marblehead Fireworks Facebook Page and share photos, send us your feedback, or discuss your favorite spots to view the fireworks from.
The countdown to the 4th has started!
A big thank you to all the donors, boy scouts, businesses in town, Police, Fire, Harbormaster, Park&Rec, and other town departments, yacht clubs, dock masters, civilian barge patrol boats, and all volunteers who helped to make this another memorable Independence Day celebration.
Thank you also to Atlas Pyrovision Productions, who produced the fireworks show for us, to Precision Weather Forecasting, who provided meteorological forecasting and support, and to Willard and Sons Mooring, who donated the moorings for the fireworks barge.
Last, but not least, we thank all the photographers who have contributed and allowed us to share photos of the fireworks on our new Fireworks Facebook page.
We’ll see you all again in 361 days…
P.S. It is not too late to donate! If you haven’t sent in your donation for this year, please help us get a head-start on next year’s fireworks fund and send your donation now.
A view of tonight’s fireworks over Little Harbor from Wednesdays in MHD
Fireworks over Little Harbor in Marblehead
Full size (uncompressed) image and more about how the image came to be can be found on his website: http://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2013/07/04/fireworks-over-little-harbor-in-marblehead/
Sunset sky over Marblehead harbor…
Please observe the safety zone around the barge, marked by orange tetrahedron buoys and patrolled by our civilian boat patrol volunteers flying orange privileged vessel flags.
Security zone and barge patrol
When you visit the Marblehead Festival of Arts exhibits today or this weekend, make sure to check out Mimi Andler’s wonderful painting “Illumination”, which is shown at Abbot Hall.
Mimi Andler: "Illumination"
Fireworks barge is in position at the mouth of the harbor and fireworks are on board. Please stay clear of the barge all day.