Thursday, July 5, 2012
Whether it's fireworks, the U.S.S. Constitution turning around or a backyard barbecue, share you holiday photos with neighbors.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Chris Helms
Thursday, July 5, 2012
This is my eleventh year in Boston for the Fourth, and I finally made it out to the Tall Ships. My wife and I were lucky enough to be in a great position to see the U.S.S. Constitution on its yearly turn-around cruise. Do you have snaps from the holiday, whether it's Tall Ships, fireworks or a backyard barbecue? Add them here and share them with your neighbors. You can also use the Brookline Patch Community Gallery if you have images you'd like the rest of Brookline to see. Hope you had a happy Fourth, everyone!
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Boston's Independence Day Fireworks are set to go on, even in the rain.
The Brookline-Boston area may see some thunderstorms tonight, the National Weather Service tells us there's a 30 percent chance. There is also supposed to be a fireworks show on the Charles River. The Boston Globe spoke with organizers yesterday, who told them a cancellation would be a "last-minute" decision. “It will be a call made on the best information available. We will consult with our weather forecasters and a team of public safety officials before any decision is made,” Steve MacDonald, spokesman for Boston 4th Productions, told the Globe. In the event that the fireworks are canceled due to weather, the Fireworks Spectacular website says the show will be launched from the barges at 9:30 p.m. tomorrow night, July 5, instead. There…
Some facts and figures you may not have known about the Fourth of July.
In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve their differences with England, the colonies sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. Finally, in June, admitting that their efforts were hopeless; a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee also included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. On June 28, 1776, Thomas Jefferson presented the first draft of the declaration to Congress. Although John Adams and Benjamin Franklin helped Thomas Jefferson with the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson is the actual author. Massachusetts is the first state to make the Fourth of July an official holiday. 2.5 million: Number of …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A few ways to safely enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July.
For many, the Fourth of July and fireworks go hand-in-hand. However, each year, fire officials warn that, when amateurs and explosives are involved, Fourth of July fireworks very easily leave someone handless – or worse. Asked about fireworks safety last week, Lexington Fire Chief John Wilson offered a bit of quick advice—“Don't. They’re illegal,” he said.—and then referred to state Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, whose website provides more than a dozen links to presentations and information detailing the dangers and illegality of fireworks. According to data on a report titled “Leave Fireworks to Pros,” from 2002 to 2011, there were 804 major fire and explosion incidents involving illegal fireworks reported in Massachusetts, which caused one …
From Boston Pops-backed fireworks to porta-potties, here's all you need to know to plan your Independence Day festivities July 3 and 4.
For Brookline residents interested in heading into Boston for the July 4th celebration at the Hatch Shell on Wednesday, Jennifer Hudson will headline the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular during the city's 39th annual event. The fun starts Tonight (Tuesday, July 3) at 6 p.m., with a concert at 8:30 p.m., followed by more festivities on Wed, July 4 as thousands of people from across the country will flock to the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade for live music, food, and of course, fireworks. The Oval (the area in front of the Hatch Shell) opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday with entertainment throughout the day and into the evening. Other performers include Michael Chiklis, Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops, and performances from…