Collaborative Fourth of July Talks With Wilmington Fizzle

Officials from each town discussed a possible collaboration, but the timing was not right, according to Selectman David Gay.

Wilmington and Tewksbury aren't likely to combine their celebration this year. (File Photo)
Wilmington and Tewksbury aren't likely to combine their celebration this year. (File Photo)
Tewksbury and Wilmington officials briefly discussed the possibility of holding a combined Fourth of July celebration this year, but the talks fizzled out before they got very far.

Selectman David Gay said he and fellow Tewksbury officials were interested in the combined celebration, which could have been held at Livingston Park.

Wilmington normally holds a massive week-long event on its Town Common that culminates with two separate fireworks displays. However, with construction of the new Wilmington High School underway, planners have opted not to host the annual events in 2014.

Tewksbury's Celebrations Committee met with Wilmington Assistant Town Manager Amaral recently, and each side shared ideas for how the two-town event could work.

Possibilities included fireworks, activities in each town, and potentially friendly competitions between Wilmington and Tewksbury residents.

But Gay said Tewksbury received an email from Wilmington that said they were unable to go any further with the planning as they iron out whether their town will be able to salvage any part of its normal festivities.

"We were very interested in doing something with Wilmington," said Gay. "They were looking for a place and having some difficulties finding somewhere to hold their fireworks display. We're still very interested, but the answer we received was that there was an internal issue they have to work through. We thought this was out of the box thinking, but the timing just wasn't right."

Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull said the town is forming a committee to consider ways Wilmington can host some events to continue its long running tradition.

"Although I tremendously appreciate the offer (by Tewksbury) to do something collaborative, at this point given the situation it wasn't feasible," said Hull. "So we extended our appreciation, but indicated that at least for now we'd like to pursue other options."
Kathleen Brothers February 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Reading between the lines here, sounds like some of the old timers in Wilmington are keeping the rivalry alive and well! I think it would have made for a wonderful Fourth of July!
BM February 21, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Agree with Rusty that it would create a traffic mess . I'm formerly from Wilmington and I know firsthand how much traffic comes to Wilmington for the fireworks . Combining the two towns together would only make the traffic twice as bad . Wilmington has the best fourth festivities around .
Tewksbury2001 February 21, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Why do we need Wilmington? Can't we do it on our own?
BM February 21, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Tewksbury not as good as Wilmington's show .
Ed February 21, 2014 at 08:07 PM
I've only been to the Tewksbury fireworks 1 time and I've been a resident almost 9 years. Too much traffic and they were not that good. I do like the Wilmington carnival/fair.


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