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March 07. 2014 9:58PM

Nashua officials OK July 4 fireworks funds

NASHUA — Summer festivities may seem far away, but city officials are getting a jump-start on one of Nashua's largest celebrations — the annual Fourth of July fireworks display.

This week, more than $17,000 was approved for the fireworks event at Holman Stadium on July 4, a gathering that continues to be a family tradition for many local residents.

"I think we would all agree that last year's show was pretty remarkable," said Mayor Donnalee Lozeau while reviewing the proposed contract with the aldermanic Finance Committee.

Last year the city utilized a new vendor for its fireworks display, opting to hire RS Fireworks of Hudson. At the time, a three-year optional contract was approved, allowing the contract to be reviewed annually.

"Being a Nashua native myself, this is my official guarantee and my duty to make this year's show fantastic," Rob Lavoie of RS Fireworks wrote in a memo to the city's Parks and Recreation Department. "I personally owe it to my family, friends, clients and coworkers in Nashua, and would love the chance to do it the best way I know how."

The show, at a price-tag of $17,250, will include 1,625 firework shells, according to the contract.

An average of 8,000 people attend the city's fireworks display each Independence Day. In addition to the fireworks, other festivities are planned at Holman Stadium each year such as races, games and concerts.

Although Lozeau said she enjoyed last year's show, not everyone was pleased with the fireworks event.

Alderman Paul Chasse, Ward 6, said he thought the fireworks shows in earlier years — with a different vendor from Jaffrey — were more entertaining displays.

"I think it goes on too long," said Alderman David Deane, board president.

Lozeau noted that the Hudson company is closer to home, and that there is a cost savings of nearly $2,000 with RS Fireworks.

Lavoie said he guarantees that the Nashua fireworks display will be one to remember for years to come.

"We are convinced that with all our heart, technique and creativity that if awarded this bid, that Nashua will receive a fantastic and memorable display," he said.

khoughton@newstote.com


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