For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 4:15 PM

-----Falmouth, Massachusetts, The Falmouth Fireworks Committee, Falmouth Chamber of Commerce and Town of Falmouth jointly announce the postponement of the 4th of July Fireworks Display (from Friday, July 4, 2014) to Sunday, July 6th, 2014.

Public Safety Officials, representatives of the Fireworks Committee, State Fire Marshall and Steven Pelkey, CEO, Atlas PyroVision Productions, and chief operator of the display participated in a conference call with MEMA this afternoon. MEMA meteorologists confirm that as Tropical Storm Arthur continues to track toward the northeast, weather conditions for the 4th of July are likely to include heavy rainfall, high winds and high seas. While the landward/onshore conditions of the storm are predicted to subside by mid-day on Saturday, June 5, 2014, maritime conditions are predicted to remain unsteady with high seas and possible rip-currents continuing in our region through Saturday evening. These projected unstable seas create high risk for the barge used for the pyrotechnical display, display operators and supporting public safety boats, assets and personnel. Therefore, the 4th of July Celebration Fireworks Display will be launched on Sunday, July 6th as clear weather conditions are forecast. All other details of the event remain unchanged.

The Fireworks Committee, Town Officials, and Falmouth Chamber of Commerce made every effort to ensure that our community has this opportunity to celebrate the Anniversary of our Country with a fireworks display during this long holiday weekend. The decision was made today, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 to ensure the event can be deployed safely, with appropriate regulatory review and to provide our residents and visitors with the opportunity to plan 4th of July Weekend Celebrations accordingly.

Dutch Drolette, Falmouth Fireworks Committee, Chairman

Town Manager, Julian M. Suso

Falmouth Fireworks Still Needs Your Help To Reach Our Fundraising Goal!

If you would like to donate to the Falmouth Fireworks please mail your contribution to:

Falmouth Fireworks
P.O. Box 500
Falmouth, MA 02541

OR

Donate via PayPal by clicking the button below.

Star Spangled Heroes

We would like to thank our "Star Spangled Heroes" for their generous donations needed to help keep this year's Falmouth Fireworks alive!

  • Marine Lodge of Falmouth
  • Rebecca Putnam
  • Ideal Floor Covering
  • Eastern Bank
  • Falmouth Enterprise

Get Your 2014 Falmouth Fireworks T-Shirts & Hats!

The 2014 Falmouth Fireworks t-shirts and hats will be available at the following locations:

  • Stop & Shop Sat and Sun June 28-29 8-5
  • Farmers Market Thurs June 26 from 11-5
  • Shaw's Sat and Sun June 28-29 from 9-5
  • Kenyon's Sat June 28 from 9-2
  • Kappy's Friday June 27 from 9-2 and Sunday June 29 from 12-3
  • Windfall Market Sat 28 and Sun June 29 from 8:30-5

Come early before they are sold out!

History

It was a cold, snowy night in February of 1975. Eight friends were out for a social evening. The talk centered around the cold, long winters on Cape Cod and looking forward to summer. Eventually the subject turned to the need of fireworks to celebrate our country's birthday. Thus the Falmouth Fireworks Committee was born.

Back then Google was not around, and no one had any idea how to even begin such an undertaking. So we started making some calls to the Selectmen, The Fire Dept, Police Dept., and DPW. They all seemed to be on board with our idea. We decided, for safety reasons the show should take place from the water. So we decided to contact Ralph Packer of R.M. Packer Company, Inc. from Martha's Vineyard mostly because he had a barge. To our amazement, Ralph donated not only his barge but an entire crew to assist us.

We started doing some research and getting bids from fireworks companies. It was decided to go with Zambelli Fireworks out of Pennsylvania. Even though we had no money it was decided to go with a $7500 show.

So with a zero bank account balance we went begging and as always is the case in Falmouth, the people came through. After just a couple of fundraisers, not only had we met our goal, but we also had a surplus of $1500. The evening of the Fourth of July, that same year, the committee met at the ball field in Falmouth Heights. The evening was beautiful and calm. There were hundreds of boats surrounding the barge, along with the thousands on the seashore from Nobska to Menauhunt. At 9:15 PM the town of Falmouth began a tradition that is now going into our 37th year.

After 3 years with Zambelli we put the show out to bid again. Steve Pelkey, owner of Atlas Pyrotechnics won the bid and much to our great pleasure has given Falmouth more than we could ever imagine. Committee Head, Arthur Ratsy retired from the post and The Falmouth Fireworks Committee remains to this day under the stewardship of Dutch Drolette and a handful of dedicated volunteers.

Falmouth's Annual Fireworks Display Is Organized By Dedicated Volunteers And Completely Funded By Your Donations