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Poll: What Did You Think Of The Fireworks?

Did Tewksbury's Fourth of July fireworks display live up yo your expectations?

Tewksbury's annual Fourth of July celebration culminated with a concert by the Siracusa Project and a fireworks display at the Saunders Recreation Complex.

Due to approaching thunderstorms, the fireworks went off at 9 p.m., rather than 9:30 p.m.

We want to know what you thought about this year's fireworks.

Joe Phocan July 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I thought they were awful
Sheryl July 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM
It was wrong to set them off early. Thank you wilmington....for sticking to the plan.
Laryy July 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
AWESOME The wind and the ominous dark clouds and the lightning made it that much better.
Lauren July 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I would say the fireworks themselves probably weren't as impressive as last year, but with Mother's Nature's show going on behind us and the speed that they shot off the fireworks, it was more exciting. I'm glad they set them off at 9. I'm sorry for those that missed it, but busy events like this it pays to arrive early.
denise July 05, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I agree Lauren...it was a little nerve wracking with the lightening behind us...thank you for the call to do them early!
Mike Hunt July 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Sucked that they were over so quickly unfortunately, Wilmington's was better
Melissa Gleaton July 05, 2012 at 03:51 PM
They seemed very short which may have been due to weather. I know a lot of people who were leaving half way through because that lightning was getting very close. With the forecast of storms at 9:15 pm, they should have just moved to rain date. However, I think it was smart to start early for the safety of people standing in open fields
Jerry Selissen July 06, 2012 at 01:24 AM
It was my call to go early. My concern was for the safety of ALL the residents and NOT just the fireworks display. At 9:00 p.m. we had already incurred substantial costs for police, fire and dpw details. If we moved to Friday we would have incurred those costs again. Additionally, Atlas had already spent the day setting up and we would have had to pay for a second display. I was not happy with the fireworks display as well but I understand they were trying to get it done with the bad weather approaching.
Bob Rauseo July 06, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Thanks again, Jerry, for all that you do for the town. Many people express their individual dissatisfaction at the impact on them and their immediate family when things don't go exactly as planned. I would ask them to take a moment to think about the many volunteers who work so hard to create these events. Try to imagine their dissapointment when things don't turn out perfectly. They have much more invested in the event than someone who headed over at the last minute and missed the fireworks because the display started early. It takes a lot of personal motivation to donate time and money year after year. Volunteers and donors deserve our gratitude and support. Someone posted, "It doesn't hurt to complain." I disagree. Complaining takes its toll on the willingness of volunteers to continue to offer their services for the good of the community, So, thanks again to all the volunteers and donors. I will not second-guess your decisions. I will not tell you what you should have done. Please continue your wonderful efforts for the good of the community.
Comment July 06, 2012 at 12:26 PM
while I agree with sending them up early due to the storm, can i ask when that decision was made? If it was made at like 8 or earlier, it would have been helpful if the town could have gotten the time change to people (code red or the patch). I received a code red on my phone for the storm, but it didn't say it was for Tewksbury, (I believe it said it was for North Andover and that area). Because of the traffic, we walk to the area for the fireworks. So it was a disappointment to find them already going when we got to Main Street. Thank you anyway for doing this for the town. I'm sure the others that were there early appreciated them and getting the kids home a little earlier :)
Don Ordway July 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Thank God Jerry had more common sense than tose complaining. Hats off to Jerry Selissen. Good leaders make tough decisions. In my opinion Jerry put the interest of the Town and the safety of the people first. I'm sure he knew there would be people that did not understand, but he had the courage to bite the bullet. A wrong decision and some of the people would not have been here for next years blast.
Mark July 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Jerry, Great call and an even better job. My family thanks you for all the unselfish work you have done for the community. The smile you have put on every small childs face should be returned with a thank you from our community. God Bless.
Walter White July 06, 2012 at 02:52 PM
They were great...and I am glad they set them off earlier. Most people show up to events early, so not many missed them. The late comers are probaly from the same crowd that shows up to a movie theater at exactly the start time looking for the best seat while bobbling their popcorn....and end up in the front row. :)
Karyn July 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Perfectly stated, Bob R. I agree Jerry made the right call and appreciate all the hard work and dedication of ALL the volunteers who make this happen for the COMMUNITY year after year. Constant critcism can certainly affect morale....it can be a thankless job and they deserve commendation for their efforts.
Mary July 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I was unable to attend the fireworks, but I take offense to anyone that judged them poorly. Yes, it must have been a short amount of them, but with the hard work of Jerry Selisson and the Patriotic Committee, there wouldn't have been anything at all. The Esplanade in Boston evacuated for 30 minutes due to the severe weather, so the decision that was made was the right one. As far as them starting early, he had no choice. Anyone that was there should have already been there. If you came 10 minutes before the scheduled time, too bad for you. I hope we get as good of leader as Jerry has been by his predecessor. Thank you Jerry for all the wonderful work you have done!!
bk July 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Mr. Bill, Is it possible to run a vote/survey on finding if residents( and sponsors) really want this fireworks or would rather put this money to some good use for kids/community. Something that would last lot longer than 20 minutes. --B
Bill Gilman (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I'll keep that in mind for the future. Sounds like a reasonable poll.
Comment July 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM
bk - unless you are part of the fundraising group that volunteers and works fundraisers to fund the parades and fireworks, I don't think it's any of your business what this group does with the money they raise. If they are raising it for parades and fireworks, then that's what they buy. If you'd like to raise money to put toward a "good use for kids/community", feel free to step up and do so. Don't pick on what people choose to volunteer to raise money for and work toward donating to the town. Soccer raises money for soccer fields. Baseball raises money for baseball fields. The Patriotic committee raises money for patriotic activities.
denise July 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Everyone has an opinion...but there are only so many people to put their money/time where their mouth is...Thank you to all the Volunteers that sweat it out to put on a great show!
Bob Rauseo July 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Just one comment. Great comment by Comment.
Kim July 06, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I unfortunately missed the fireworks this year but it wouldn't have mattered if they were 5 or 50 minutes long, a decision was made for the safety of those attending. There would have been complaints one way or another and sadly, those that complain are the ones that sit back to watch the fireworks, not the ones that have donated their time or money to make sure the town had them at all. To those of you on the committees, those that helped financed and those that donated so much of your time, Thank You!!
Walter White July 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Agreed!!
BM July 06, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Could have cared less . We went to my dad's house the night before ( July 3rd ) in Wilmington and they are the best around !! Didn't even bother going to Tewksbury's display . By the sounds of things in the above posts, we didn't miss much !!!
Walter White July 07, 2012 at 10:40 AM
BM - could of cared less that you went to wilmington and watch the fireworks there.
Disneygal July 07, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Well, all I can say is that all I had to do was see the look on my children's faces. They were so excited and had the best time watching the fireworks. So in my opinion, it was a success! And we went to Wilmington the night before and had a great time there too! My kids are too young to judge which display was "better", they just enjoyed hanging outside and being able to watch the fireworks from our yard. That's what was most important and most satisfying for this resident! Thank you to all who had a hand in the 4th of July festivities! Our family had a wonderful holiday!
Susan Duffy July 07, 2012 at 10:45 PM
i agree that the decision to start the fireworks early was the right one. I also was more than a bit nervous with Mother Nature's "fireworks" were going off behind us. But I had faith that our Town Officials, Fire & Police were keeping up with the weather alerts and it's possible issues. There WAS a SEVERE thunderstorm warning issued by our Natl Weather Service for our area that night. And even tho it looked like the storms would just miss us, (and they did thank gosh!) other areas were not so lucky. Having personally experienced a storm come up from seemingly out of nowhere, with NO warning, and see a lightening bolt just miss my husband and my son's baseball team-I know first hand how fast the weather can turn, as I am sure a lot of other people have too. The celebration at the Hatch Shell with half a million people was suspended also for the same cell, and 4 people in New England were struck by lightening in the path of that same storm! I was glad the events' organizers erred on the side of safety. Having attended all the fireworks displays Tewksbury has put on since I moved here in 1994, I am sure that the original "show" would have just great. An Andover Selectmen told me that night that Atlas had put thier fireworks show on in Andover the night before and it was fantastic. NO complaints here, just thanks to all who helped organize and put on the entire 4th of July events. Susan Duffy
Melissa Gleaton July 08, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I'd like to reiterate my previous statement that jerry made the right call going early. I think most people (here and otherwise) understand the safety concerns and appreciate how the concern was handled. Mother nature is a fickle woman!

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