Ogunquit has always been know for its fireworks. As a little girl, I have wonderful family memories of gathering up blankets, packing snacks in a picnic basket and rolling in our red radio flyer towards Ogunquit Center to catch the best spot. (It used to be on the wall of the Sparhawk – right across from the little house, now a storefront, that we rented. And yes – the red radio flyer was necessary – it was easiest to get three kids across one busy street and entertained for hours with a cart of distraction. My mom was a smart cookie.)
Now, I suspect the many families visiting Ogunquit Beach for July 4th feel the same – the Independence Holiday is a time for vacation memories, picnic baskets and a great fireworks show. Well, fireworks are back. It’s true – after a two year hiatus – Ogunquit’s famous fireworks show will return and with a bang.
However, it take a village, as Hillary Clinton says, to put on a show for tens of thousands of people. The Spirit Committee worked for a year with the Town, Ogunquit Chamber, residents, State of Maine, Fireworks company, businesses, media and the Enviromental Protection Agency (We have Piping Plovers, an endangered species, that nest along the beach. So if you’re coming this year – respect the roadblocks and volunteers – they are protecting an important part of our beach’s ecosystem). That’s a lot of heads in a room, chefs in a kitchen – however you like to say it. A tremendous thank you is owed to the Spirit Committee for spearheading the efforts and to the other groups for taking the time to work through a solution and bring back fireworks. Ogunquit has a pulse – it throbs in the summer. Last July 4th, Ogunquit’s pulse needed CPR. This year, we are happy to see the return of fireworks and the summer pulse beating!
So in the end, the Meadowmere says thanks to all and happy Fourth of July 4th! Enjoy the show!