Fourth of July fireworks have faded from many communities in recent years because of municipal budget cuts, but not in western Massachusetts.
Fireworks will light up the sky over the Pioneer Valley from Northampton to Springfield in the coming days thanks to community groups that in many places have put on the events for decades. Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield said her organization has produced the city’s July 4th festivities for 29 years.
" It is hard to spend $40,000 and justify it for a 20 minute light show, but we are very fortunate we have the people who are willing to underwrite it and see value in it."
Easthampton and Northampton will have fireworks shows on June 28th.. Other communities have fireworks, concerts and parades from July 3rd to 5th.