Privileged To Be Part of Largest Gathering of Groton Residents Ever Assembled at Town Field
On Monday evening July 8, we were privileged to be part of the largest gathering of Groton residents to ever assemble at Town Field. By the time Earl Carter’s Cannon fired to commence the Fireworks, several thousand of you were in place on the hillside.
Atlas Pyrotechnics once again provided a phenomenal display of color, sights and sounds. Bob Wright and his band “Back to the Garden”, supplied a great assortment of music for all ages, while Greg Hazzard of Encore Entertainment made sure the music had proper amplification to all parts of the field. The Groton Firefighters Association served up all the hamburgers, hot dogs, fried dough, ice cream and French fries we could eat. The weather could not have been better for what has become Groton’s largest social event.
There are many dedicated people that made the evening possible. Tom Delaney and his DPW crew prepared the field and set over 1,000 feet of barrier fencing and removed it the next day. Fire Chief Steele McCurdy and his staff of Firefighters/EMTs begin working on the Fireworks permitting and licensing process in May to make sure that all State Safety requirements are met.
Chief Mike Luth and his Police Officers keep the Public Ways safe with traffic patrols and temporary lighting as we exit the venue. Mark Haddad, Dawn Dunbar, Mike Chaisson, Connie Sartini and Michael Bouchard spread word of the event through Social Media, Town Websites and Local Publications.
As many people as there are in the foreground responsible for bringing this event off, there are even more of you in the background. Unfortunately, for the sake of missing someone, we will not mention names. Suffice it to say that you know who you are and that all who attended this year’s Fireworks Celebration owe you a debt of gratitude.
In closing, all programs such as this require a funding source. The Town of Groton is most fortunate to have The Commissioners of Trust Funds who administer the Town of Groton’s Lecture Fund. Joe Twomey, Martha Mclure, Rachael Mead and Administrator Karen Tuomi have for the last 15 or more years provided the funding for this wonderful evening. We are grateful for their ongoing support and generous contributions. Without them, the sky would be dark.
Save the Date: Monday, July 6, 2020.
The Celebration and Commemorations Committee