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!
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.