Red, white and boom: Onset Bay Association fireworks draw thousands

By Lydia Goerner | Jul 01, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner A group of friends enjoy this year's Independence Day fireworks display.

Despite a cloudy night, thousands turned out to see the Onset Bay Association fireworks to kick off the Fourth of July weekend.

After a Saturday full of activities, including the Blessing of the Fleet, music at the bandshell and events at Onset shops all day, people lined Onset Beach and the bluffs above it to watch the fireworks. Nearly 20,000 people visited Onset on Saturday, estimated Ian Gilligan, an Onset Bay Association volunteer.

The clouds made it difficult to see some of the fireworks, but people made the best of it with their own sparklers on the beach, light-up toys and food from nearby restaurants.

The budget for the fireworks was $40,000, half of which went to the police detail and the other half to pyrotechnics, according to Gilligan. This money came from fundraising from the community.

Though the night's cloudy sky obstructed the view of some fireworks, the crowd cheered over their favorites and watched attentively, applauding at the end of the display.

(From left) Natalya Rivera, Desmond Murphy and Lucy Murphy enjoy the fireworks display. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
A group plays with light-up toys on the sand. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Onset Beach full of people waiting to see the fireworks display. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
(From left) Wareham residents Dhara, Khamla and Rob Evans sit on the beach as they wait to see the fireworks. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Xavier Andrews, age 7, dances with a toy sword on the beach. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Vendors supplied those of all ages with bracelets, toy swords and hats that lit up. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Though many fireworks were obstructed by clouds, thousands enjoyed the traditional summer show. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Turtleltl14 | Jul 02, 2017 12:39

What was the purpose of the orange plastic fencing near the SP parking lot


Posted by: Chaka | Jul 02, 2017 19:40

To keep people out of the fireworks launching area.

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