1.4 min readBy Published On: June 28th, 2016Categories: News4 Comments on Could Fourth of July Fireworks Become a Thing of the Past?

How can we have Fourth of July in Boston without fireworks?  I mean fireworks are really only relevant twice a year –   Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve – and Boston’s Fourth of July is synonymous with the Pops Fourth of July Extravaganza.  It wouldn’t really be an extravaganza without fireworks, right?

So how can this be?  Well, according to the Boston Globe, David Mugar is tired of footing the bill of $2 million dollars for the fireworks.  This is the last year.  The well is dry.  He’s hoping he can pass the baton to another sponsor.  Mugar thought this would be an easy task.  But guess what?  Everyone all of of sudden has alligator arms.

Mugar also has his crack team of Boston 4 Productions – at the ready to help organize the event.  They just need someone to underwrite it.  So who’s gonna step up to the plate? GE are you listening?

$2 million is nothing to company!  Do the right thing and be the new sponsor!  Do we need to remind you of the tax breaks and free rent you’re getting?   

If not GE, how about John Fish from Suffolk Construction.  We know that Fish has been making money hand over fist and has also received numerous tax breaks too.  He certainly can afford $2 million.

It would be a shame if the skies over Boston went dark on Fourth of July because a multi-million dollar company or in GE’s case billion dollar company –  wouldn’t write the check.

If someone doesn’t raise their hand, maybe we can run a good old-fashioned Southie time* for the fireworks?

*time; noun, a fundraising event 



  1. Kevin June 29, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    If two million dollars is ‘nothing’ to a company like GE, why aren’t they going to pay property taxes?

    • Maureen Dahill June 29, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Great question, Kevin!

  2. Margie July 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I would like to see the Fireworks come back to Boston Harbor instead of Cambridge where they don’t shoot them off till 10:30, a bit late for families with small children……

    • mplo July 11, 2016 at 2:22 am - Reply

      The only problem with having the Fireworks come back to Boston Harbor is that not as many people will have such easy access to them, since it’ll be a little tougher for people who don’t live right in the city of Boston to get there, especially since public transportation here in this area closes pretty early, as it is.

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