Windham Fireworks Enjoyed by All

July 11, 2014

by Tom Tollefson

The night sky was alive with the color of fireworks over Windham High School on Saturday, June 28.  It may have been early, but Windham’s town-wide Fourth of July celebration drew a crowd of about 1,500 residents sitting out in lawn chairs and blankets on the front lawn of Windham High School.  The evening was sponsored by the Windham Recreation Department and ConvenientMD Urgent Care in Windham.

“It’s been a good turnout with beautiful weather,” said Windham Recreation Director Cheryl Haas.

The fireworks started at 9:20, but residents began gathering on the lawn of the high school earlier to listen to the rock and roll cover band, the B Street Bombers.  The group is based out of Massachusetts and has played throughout New England.  The long time cover band played songs from the ‘60s such as Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”

“It was a typical enjoyable outdoor concert.  We do a lot of them and they are fun,” said B Street Bomber saxophone player Lou Garofalo.

Former U.S. Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown also showed up for the town-wide celebration.

“These guys are legends.  They’ve been around for a while and they’re great,” he said about the B Street Bombers.  “Anytime you can get the selectmen to help with these events and all the volunteers its good for families and brings the community together.”

The Windham Recreation Department decided to put on the fireworks a week earlier due to the fact that many residents are out of town on the Fourth of July and because of the reduced price of fireworks.  The town went through RS Fireworks in Londonderry for the celebration, and they were set off over the Windham High School baseball field.

“They basically give us an $11,000 show for $7,000 because we do it the week before,” said the Windham Recreation Committee Chairman Dennis Senabaldi.  “The selectmen have been very generous the last few years to give us the money to do this event.”

The fireworks concluded a day of town celebration in Griffin Park known as Windham Town Day.  The fireworks began at the high school a few years ago when a local anonymous town resident funded all the costs for the first year.