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The Flash And Boom Of Fireworks Return

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Fourth of July fireworks have faded from many communities in recent years because of municipal budget cuts, but not in western Massachusetts.

Fireworks will light up the sky over the Pioneer Valley from Northampton to Springfield in the coming days thanks to community groups that in many places have put on the events for decades. Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield said her organization has produced the city’s July 4th festivities for 29 years.

" It is  hard to spend $40,000 and justify it for a 20 minute light show, but we are very fortunate we have the people who are willing to underwrite it and see value in it."

Easthampton and Northampton will have fireworks shows on June 28th.. Other communities have fireworks, concerts and parades from July 3rd to 5th.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.