Brentwood fireworks tradition goes silent
“They were very good for a small town,” Greg recalled as he held his 19-month-old daughter, Ellie, before the town’s Independence Day parade began Thursday.
The fireworks were first held at the Rockingham County Nursing Home in 1992 when the town hosted its 250th anniversary celebration.
The late Norman “Red” Byrne, a long-time Brentwood fire chief, followed Vahey’s suggestion and went door-to-door to collect donations. Volunteers eventually took over fundraising and planning for the event, but it became too much for them. They hoped others would step forward and take over.
Cam Miner of Brentwood was always a big fan of the show, but understands the challenges that faced the volunteers who did their best for so many years.
His wife, Lorri, was also disappointed.
“It’s sad, but it’s understandable. It takes a lot to raise money,” she said.
Aware that the Brentwood fireworks wouldn’t be held this year, some headed off to Portsmouth for Wednesday night’s show while others planned to see displays at Hampton Beach and Durham. While they were glad they still had options, they said it’s not the same as watching them in their own town.
“This is a small town and you get to see everyone you haven’t seen in a month since school got out. It’s just a small town parade,” said Brandie Bolduc, who watched the parade with her 11-year-old son, Gage.
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