Monday, June 30, 2014

Fireworks Lighting Up New Hampshire Skies

Though all students enjoy their time at ASP during their summer, there's no place like home. July 4th weekend is one of the first opportunities for students to return home and celebrate with their family opportunities for students to return home celebrate parades, and BBG's galore attract families from towns everywhere. 

Wondering where to go? Wondering what your ASP peers will be up to? Below are some of the most highly anticipated events for the 4th of July in New Hampshire, where lots of fellow ASP students will enjoy. Based on answers reported by ASP students, there is one event that overcomes all fourth of July celebrations: fireworks!

With an industry of about $940 million per year in the United States, fireworks are a nationally recognized trademark for patriotism. The record of largest firework display of all time was broken this past New Year’s Eve in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Guinness World Record reported that the display covered a distance of over 59 miles across the seafront, with over 500,000 fireworks used during the duration of six minutes. (Largest Firework Display). Though New Hampshire will not behold any such record, there is no time like the present to see a firework show after the industry’s recent success. National Geographic estimates that there are about 14,000 firework displays every year in the United States on 4th of July. (National Geographic).  ASP students should have no problem finding them, but Media Machine is here to help!

Fireworks are trademarks for summer for citizens across America, and they are expected to be inexhaustible this July in New Hampshire. Right near Saint Paul’s School, many local Concord students are planning to go to Memorial Field for fireworks during their weekend. If others live near Hollis Brookline, Milford, or Amherst, there are several options. Souhegan High School, located in Amherst New Hampshire, hosts their fireworks over the football field, with a large crowd of around 600 people from all over Hillsborough County every year. However, several Hollis-Brookline students and families have pledged their allegiance to the Jaffrey fireworks show, located in Swanzey at Cheshire fairgrounds. From Hollis NH, it’s about an hour drive, however if you’re willing to make the trip, word is the show is phenomenal. 

Holman stadium in Nashua is expected to be very busy. Maureen “Mau” Gichura enthusiastically declared her intention to attend, “Holman Stadium-where people of all ages can enjoy the 4th of July.” According to the Union Leader, 9,000 attendants are expected next friday night, and the city of Nashua is spending $17,000 on the event, including the 1,625 firework shells that will be used. However, the show is free to attend, and will begin at 9p.m. Consider going early to listen to the Blue Acres, a US rock army band that will be performing at 6 p.m. (Union Leader). Waterville Valley in Grafton County, and Canobie Lake Park are also hard-hitting fireworks shows, in addition to Gillette Stadium in Manchester, Weirs Beach in Laconia, and Sunapee Lake. For more information on fireworks near your hometown, visit Fireworks in NH 2014 to see where the best fireworks in New Hampshire will be. Otherwise, feel free to join the 7.2 million viewers to watch the “Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular.” Please remember to be safe with your 4th of July celebrations. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), on average 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. The CPSC strongly urges you use the following safety guidelines:

  • Don’t allow children too close to fireworks
  • Do not pick up or re-light fireworks that didn’t fully ignite
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area (missiles, bottle rockets, and sky rockets are illegal in New Hampshire)
  • Don’t light more than one firework at once
  • Homemade fireworks are known to be highly dangerous
For more information and statistics on Firework injuries and safety, visit Be safe, and enjoy your 4th of July, ASP.


  1. Molly, It was cool to hear about all the places in NH that have good fireworks. I had not heard of some of them. I also thought it was a good idea to add the safety tips as well. Great Job!

  2. Molly, This was a really well put together and it's good to know what people are doing when they aren't going to be in the ASP bubble. The safety tips at the end are also really good!
    You did a great job!

  3. I really enjoyed reading about the places in NH where I can go to watch fireworks! I'm sure many students will find this helpful if they are trying to find something to do. Good touch adding the safety guidelines!