Plans for annual Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks have been suspended, organizers say

  • The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce held its 25th Festival of Fireworks on Saturday, Aug. 20. 2016. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Published: 2/21/2020 2:07:39 PM
Modified: 2/21/2020 2:07:25 PM

Editor’s note: The following is a Feb. 21 press release from the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, Silver Ranch Airpark and Atlas PyroVision Entertainment.

The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, Silver Ranch Airpark and Atlas PyroVision Entertainment have announced at their Feb. 15 Annual Dinner, to suspend hosting the annual Festival of Fireworks for a number of reasons including the rising costs associated with public safety and the challenges with coming up with the nearly 70-80 volunteers needed to host the event. These circumstances are certainly challenges that many other organizations also face.

For the past 28 years, the annual one-day pyrotechnic festival has been held on the third Saturday in August, lighting the skies above Jaffrey with dazzling colors celebrating one of the best family friendly festivals in northern New England. As many of you may know, the festival proceeds helped countless community projects and assisted other non-profit organizations with critical funding. From the first Chamber project in 1991 with the acquisition of railroad property for Rails to Trails; the purchase of the current Chamber building; funding for Santa’s House providing Christmas gifts for children and families in need; as well as countless donations to non-profits and local school organizations for their assistance with past festivals.

The festival organizers would like to thank all of the fans, families, guests, volunteers and non-profit organizations that have attended and assisted in the planning and working of all past festivals. Also, a special thank you to Cyndy Burgess and Cathy Furze for their leadership, serving as past and present chairpersons; Thank you to the Town of Jaffrey fire and police for their involvement over the years, serving and protecting our community; Thank You to Harvey and Lee Sawyer for their many years of dedication and work to allow the Silver Ranch Airpark to host the festival and to showcase the importance of a small town municipal airport. Finally, thank you to Atlas Fireworks for providing the pyrotechnic entertainment and making the third Saturday in August special for the Town of Jaffrey and the Monadnock Region.

Although saddened that this day has come, the Chamber is excited about the future and the many opportunities afforded including assisting in the planning with the Town of Jaffrey with their 250th Jubilee Celebration in 2023 and our Nations 250th Celebration in 2026. Yes, there are plans to host spectacular firework displays commemorating these historic events, and the Chamber will again provide the coordination of the 250th Jaffrey Jubilee fireworks. Details will be provided in the upcoming months on all activities and events that will commemorate the rich 250-year history of the Town of Jaffrey and our Nation.


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