The skies will light up over the Merrimack Riverat the Sampas Pavilion on Monday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. In 2009, the City of Lowell, faced with fiscal challenges, made the difficult decision to cut financing for the popular community event. As it has so often, Lowell’s business community decided to help out and, as a result of this extraordinary generosity, area families have not been disappointed and the fireworks tradition has remained part of Lowell’s holiday tradition.
Leading the way for the last three seasons, the Lowell Co-Operative Bank has again lit the fuse to the fundraising effort with a $5,000 donation.
“LowellBank is pleased to continue our tradition of contributing to the funding that assists the City of Lowell in providing a thrilling and entertaining 4th of July Fireworks display for the entire area to enjoy. As a community-centered bank we have a strong tie to the residents of the City and hope they enjoy the holiday,” said Richard E. Bolton, Jr., Chairman/President & CEO of LowellBank.
This year, Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), the media education center and local access television stations serving theLowellcommunity, will facilitate the fundraising effort for the event.
“At the recent grand re-opening celebration of LTC’s newly expanded facility on Market Street, we were so moved by the outpouring of support and energy from the community that we welcome this opportunity to become more involved and lead the fundraising effort for this wonderful celebration,” said Ellie Pye, Executive Director, LTC. “With a community as generous and spirited asLowell, we are confident that we will raise the $30,000 necessary to fund the fireworks display and entertainment program.”
“For many area families, the fireworks are the centerpiece of the holiday celebration,” said Mayor James L. Milinazzo. “We’re so happy to be able to continue this great holiday tradition through the support of the community.”
As the City celebrates its 175th Anniversary, this year’s July 4th fireworks show promises to be a particularly meaningful display of the City’s pride. But fireworks are just the climax to the evening’s events. Pre-fireworks entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature local bands, The Flip and Air Traffic Controller and singer/songwriter Amy Black.
The Flip is a Lowell based band that covers classic pop, rock, and blues tunes along with songs from their upcoming EP “Runaway.” Air Traffic Controller is an Indie Pop/Rock group with their own catalogue of original songs. And Amy Black is a local singer, who recently performed at Lowell’s 175th Kick-Off celebration. The bands will play on until the fireworks go off at approximately 9:00 p.m.
All events will take place at the Sampas Pavilion and food vendors will provide a varied menu to help celebrate the holiday.
Those wishing to make a donation in support of the fireworks should contact Ellie Pye at LTC at 978-364-5150.