There will not be a fireworks show on the Fourth of July this year in Bourne.
The Bourne Firefighters Union Local 1717, which organized last year’s display, opted not to put on a show this year.
Bourne firefighter Shawn M. Silva, the president of Local 1717, said that the union chose not to because of the fireworks display that will be part of the Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration, scheduled for July 29. That show will feature fireworks set off from a barge in Buzzards Bay, as well as a cascading waterfall display from the top of the railroad bridge.
He said the decision not to put on a Fourth of July show was made after the steering committee had finalized the dates for their show. The union felt the canal display was close enough to July 4 that people would be willing to wait, he said.
Last year was the first time in five years that the union put on a Fourth of July fireworks display. In the days after, the union said that the event was so successful they were already planning for this year’s show.
Mr. Silva said that the union did not want to be in competition with the canal celebration steering committee for fundraising. He noted that most people are not as apt to donate money “if they get two letters in a month.”
He said the total cost of last year’s show was $26,000.
Mr. Silva said that the union is planning to put on the Fourth of July display next year. He said that the hope is to make next year’s show better and more of an event that last year’s show.
“We want to have some activities so that people can come in the afternoon and have things to do and they don’t just come and watch fireworks,” he said.
He said that he has not heard of any other organization planning to put on a Fourth of July fireworks show. He added there may be some residents who will be disappointed that there will not be a show this year, but he urged people to attend the canal centennial celebration show on the 29th.
“It’s going to be a really, really big show,” he said.