Showing posts with label fireworks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fireworks. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Inside the Franklin 4th of July Celebration with Paul & Joe (audio) - 06/23/22

FM #823 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 823 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin 4th of July Coalition organizers Paul Kortick and Joe Carmignani. We had our conversation via Zoom on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

We talk about the 4th of July Celebration full 5 day schedule

  • Food booths provided by non-profits, with food trucks on Saturday

  • Carnival hours, wrist band/ card discount hours

  • The music lineup each day with the Blues Festival on Saturday

  • Fireworks return on Saturday night at 10 (at Franklin High School))

This is a community event so donations are appreciated, info is on their webpage to donate online, via Venmo, or via post office mail (see below).

The recording runs about 25 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Paul & Joe as we talk about the upcoming 4th of July on the Franklin Town Common.

Audio file ->


4th of July Coalition home page

Franklin July 4th Coalition

c/o Dean Bank

P.O. Box 307

Franklin, MA 02038


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Boston Globe: "First Night Boston cancels New Year’s Eve Fireworks"

The Boston Globe has the following:
"Boston’s traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks displays are canceled for the first time since 1975 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November, the First Night Boston celebration typically held around Boston and over Boston Harbor was called off by organizers, according to the website, in favor of a livestreamed and broadcast event. First Night tweeted out a reminder Monday that the cancellation includes the traditional fireworks over the city."
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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Commuter Rail notice: Include the MBTA in your New Year's Eve plans

On New Year's Eve, the Commuter Rail will run on a regular weekday schedule with some changes to last train departure times due to the fireworks.

All MBTA service, including the Commuter Rail, will be free after 8 PM on New Year's Eve.

Bikes, including folding bikes, are not allowed on all inbound trains between 10 am and 6 PM and on all outbound trains from 4 PM until the end of service.

For additional information visit

Last Updated: Dec 27 2019 02:30 PM 

What is the Franklin Line schedule?

Commuter Rail notice: Inlcude the MBTA in your New Year's Eve plans
Commuter Rail notice: Include the MBTA in your New Year's Eve plans

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

4th of July Fireworks 2019 (video)

In case you missed the fireworks on Saturday, or want to see it again, and maybe from a different point of view, here you go. This is from the hill between the Senior Center and the Horace Mann/Oak St Complex. 

I took some photos of the first couple of minutes then decided to record so this is the last 15 minutes of the fireworks.

Thank you Franklin 4th of July Coalition for a great show!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

"Fireworks and PTSD: an emotional combination for some veterans"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Fireworks on the Fourth of July are as common as parades down Main Street and cookouts in the back yard.

But for Bruce Walmsley, they can be a nightmare.

The 69-year-old Vietnam War veteran from Brockton doesn’t have a problem with organized fireworks shows. He can mentally prepare for them, and is happy to pull up a chair and watch.

When fireworks explode unexpectedly in neighborhoods in the days around July 4, however, that’s when things get rough."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Franklin fireworks in 2018
Franklin fireworks in 2018
Fireworks this year are scheduled for 10 PM on Saturday, July 6

Sunday, June 30, 2019

MyFM session with Jamie Hellen

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen spends the last Friday of the month talking about Franklin on the MyFM radio station. In case you missed it, you can listen to the clip here.

the Town Common is clear and gorgeous this morning, it will be busy when the carnival moves in for the 4th of July
the Town Common is clear and gorgeous this morning, it will be busy when the carnival moves in for the 4th of July

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Franklin 4th of July schedule for Tuesday, July 3 (Fireworks!)

The schedule for the Franklin 4th of July celebration for Tuesday, July 3

• 6-10 PM: Rides and food booths open
• 6:30-9:30 PM: Victory Shot Band (a premier local band playing six decades of rock)

• 9:30 PM: FIREWORKS / Franklin High School
Food Booths:
Democratic Party — Pizza and water
Knights of Columbus — Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and Gatorade
Republican Party — Corn dogs, nachos and root beer floats
Rod and Gun Club — Fried dough and French fries
Temple Etz Chaim — Soft pretzels, fresh squeezed lemonade and a raffle board
4th of July Coalition — Soda, seltzer water and ice cream

View the full schedule or download a copy (PDF) here

Visit the 4th of July website for updates

Consider contributing to the nonprofit volunteer based organization that does all the work to put this event together. There is a donation button on the webpage.

Major donors to the celebration:

Platinum sponsors
Platinum sponsors

Gold sponsors
Gold sponsors

Silver sponsors
Silver sponsors

Franklin Police -> Franklin Fireworks road closure notice

"Franklin Fireworks road closure notice: Oak Street, from ECHO BRIDGE to CHURCH SQUARE will be closed at approximately 8:30pm on 7/3/2018 to accommodate pedestrian traffic for the fireworks celebration. 

No vehicles, including residents will be allowed to pass. PANTHER WAY will also close as soon as the parking lots at the high school are full. Access to HIGHWOOD DRIVE and VETERANS MEMORIAL DRIVE will still be allowed for residents. 

Please obey all permanent and temporary no parking signs. 
Vehicles parked in violation of posted restrictions will be removed."

Franklin Police -> Franklin Fireworks road closure notice
Franklin Police -> Franklin Fireworks road closure notice

This was shared from the Franklin Police Facebook post:

Monday, June 18, 2018

"Fireworks cost about $20,000 and is paid for purely with donations from local businesses and residents"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A classic 4th of July tradition will return to the first town in the United States to be named after the founding father Ben Franklin. 
A fireworks display will be shot off from the field in the back of Franklin High School on July 3 at 9:30 p.m., and joins the annual carnival that be held at the town common starting June 29. Though there is no parade again, the Fourth of July Commission has its hopes up that the event will return next year. 
The town common will be packed with carnival rides, live entertainment, food booths, and town vendors for the holiday stretch. 
Commission Chairman Joe Carmignani said that this was an important event to keep alive. 
“We wanted this tradition to keep going,” Carmignani said. “It’s great for families and kids that aren’t able to go away for the 4th of July holiday.”

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will the spinning apple ride return this year? We'll see!
will the spinning apple ride return this year? We'll see!

Make your contribution to the 4th of July celebration online

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Live reporting: 4th July Update

H. Presentations/Discussions
H. Presentations/Discussions - 4th of July Committee

festivities kick off June 29th
more booths this year than last year, food all six days

fireworks coming Tuesday, July 3
9:30 PM at FHS, different location than previous but will go on

will need to rely on Franklin residents for donations
letter to be sent out to residents in week to 10 days with schedule and request for donations

police and fire to work out the crowd control for the new area
will be set off higher elevation than previously

no parade this time

official 5K roadrace on Saturday June 30

please consider donation, the Town does not put this on. This is put on by a non-profit organization solely for the purpose of creating this event