For Immediate Release
August 07, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Summer on the Waterfront organizers today announced the return of summertime public fireworks to Boston’s waterfront for the first time this century. On Saturday, August 31 at 9:00 p.m., the Harbor will be aglow with exciting fireworks celebrating (ähts): The Boston Arts Festival and the finale of Summer on the Waterfront.
The fireworks will be a highlight of the City-sponsored (ähts): The Boston Arts Festival, being held on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at Christopher Columbus Park. Launched from a barge anchored in the Harbor between South Boston and East Boston, the display will offer unobstructed views from many locations including Christopher Columbus Park.
Summer on the Waterfront is a collaboration of 50 non-profits, public agencies and businesses led by The Boston Harbor Association. Since 2012, Summer on the Waterfront connects residents and visitors with the harbor and each other by promoting a wide range of activities that celebrate Boston’s rich diversity and its dazzling cultural and natural resources.
“We’re looking forward to bringing public fireworks back to Boston Harbor to celebrate our annual arts festival,” Mayor Menino said. “It will be another great Labor Day weekend in the City of Boston with something for everyone to enjoy.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with Mayor Menino and The Boston Arts Festival to present Boston Harbor fireworks this year,” said Julie Wormser, executive director of The Boston Harbor Association and founder of Summer on the Waterfront. “Boston was abuzz this summer with activities and programs and we are thrilled to bring the fireworks back to the waterfront.”
“The return of summer fireworks over Boston Harbor celebrates the vibrant and welcoming community the waterfront has become, thanks to the area's organizations and businesses and to the City of Boston. They are truly something to celebrate.” said Alison Nolan, fourth generation co-owner of Boston Harbor Cruises, Summer on the Waterfront organizer, and fireworks sponsor.
“Boston’s waterfront is exciting and offers something for residents and visitors alike,” continued Suzanne Taylor, executive director of the Freedom Trail Foundation and a Summer on the Waterfront organizer. “We invite people to enjoy the fireworks on August 31, and to visit the hundreds of museums, parks, restaurants and other local businesses that line the harbor year-round.”
The 10th annual (ähts): The Boston Arts Festival launches Boston’s arts season. Located at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, the weekend-long event showcases more than forty juried visual artists exhibiting and selling one-of a-kind paintings, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, fine glasswork, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.
The Festival also features a performing arts and interactive arts program. Past performers have included the Boston Ballet, Blue Man Group, Boston Lyric Opera, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Mean Creak and Gentlemen Hall. For more information, please call 617-635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts
With Summer on the Waterfront’s marketing slogan Eat. Splash. Shop. Learn. Rediscover Boston’s Waterfront this Summer, organizers use traditional and social media tools to help people easily discover thousands of experiences, parks, shops and restaurants in Boston from East Boston to Dorchester. For more information: call 617-482-1722 x102 or visit www.summeronthewaterfront.org.