The August 18 2012 fireworks show was cancelled due to a threat sent to the Jaffrey police. The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the fireworks display, has announced on their website that this annual event will no longer be held. Click here for their announcement. It is unfortunate that one person’s threat has ended this long running family event.
Just about everyone loves fireworks; they are usually one of the highlights of 4th of July celebrations. If the recent July 4th display left you wanting for more – don’t despair! One of the country’s largest fireworks displays is coming to Southern New Hampshire soon!
On Saturday August 18th, the 23rd Annual Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks will be held at the Jaffrey Airport. New Hampshire is lucky to be the home of Atlas Fireworks, one of the country’s leading designers of fireworks displays. They are well-known for their colorful pyrotechnic productions in cities throughout the U.S., including Boston and Washington, DC, and even in far-flung places like Shanghai!
Every August in Jaffrey, Atlas Fireworks produces a 30-minute themed fireworks display choreographed with music. Upwards of 30,000 people come to watch. If you’re an aficionado of pyrotechnics, plan to come early – doors open at 4 – and the best viewing spots get taken quickly. To while away the time until the main show, there are typical fair amusements and food stands, and even a skydiving show. Many attendees bring picnic supplies and camp out on the tarmac.
The theme for this year’s show will be Rock the Stars! It will no doubt be a very memorable program. Tickets are on sale now; several categories of tickets are available for all sizes of vehicles as well as for walk-ins. For details on the festival, or to purchase your tickets in advance, see the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce website.
For photos from previous festivals, click here.