Hampshire County turns out for fireworks

  • Ainsleigh O'Connor, 8, of Southampton, is tackled by Teagan Broussard, 7, of Northampton, while playing catch during the seventh annual Northampton Family Fourth event Saturday at Look Memorial Park in Florence. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Avni Sood, 4, of Northampton, blows bubbles June 24, 2017 during the seventh annual Northampton Family Fourth event at Look Memorial Park in Florence. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Arnie Levinson of Northampton, left, works for the Florence Civic and Business Association by selling cold drinks as customer Jennifer Wade of San Francisco, Calif., browses the selection June 24, 2017 during the seventh annual Northampton Family Fourth event at Look Memorial Park in Florence. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Balloon meister Paul Sena of Worthington takes families up for a tethered hot air balloon ride June 24, 2017 during the seventh annual Northampton Family Fourth event at Look Memorial Park in Florence. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Laura Valdiviezo, left, and Liam Payne, 6, both of Sunderland, enjoy the view from a tethered hot air balloon flown by balloon meister Paul Sena of Worthington June 24, 2017 during the seventh annual Northampton Family Fourth event at Look Memorial Park in Florence. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Anthony Lapierre, 10, of Leeds, left, and Vivian Ngigi, 8, of Chicopee, look out on the view from a tethered hot air balloon flown by balloon meister Paul Sena of Worthington. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Avni Sood, 4, of Northampton, blows bubbles on the frield at Look Memorial. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Vanessa Urch of Hadley, left, looks on as Kathy Fil of Hadley greets Linnea Zimmer of Northampton June 24, 2017 during the seventh annual Northampton Family Fourth event at Look Memorial Park in Florence. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Mary Crowe of Weston, Fla., takes a selfie with her sons David, 6, and Sam, 3, during the seventh annual Northampton Family Fourth event June 24, 2017 at Look Memorial Park in Florence. Crowe is originally from Northampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

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Published: 6/24/2017 10:34:08 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Look Park transformed into a scene of pastoral, community celebration Saturday evening, as onlookers gathered to watch the seventh annual Northampton Family Fourth fireworks display.

It was an all-American summer’s day: 75 degrees, cloudless and sunny. Food trucks, carnival games and even a hot air balloon tempted attendees, but most seemed happy to simply relax and listen to the live bands on stage or toss around a baseball in the park’s large, open field.

The event started at 4:30 and ran until the fireworks show ended, around 9:30.

Brenda Ryan, the event’s chairwoman, said she expected nearly 10,000 people to turn out for the event from all corners of the Pioneer Valley. Easthampton stopped holding a fireworks display in 2015 due to financial constraints, and Ryan said she expected a lot of people to come to Northampton’s instead.

Revelers parked at JFK Middle School, while Northampton police helped direct traffic to manage the masses of people.

The Northampton High School class of 2019 was running a ladder toss to raise money for their class. Class President Michael Diaz said that the teenagers were trying to cultivate a positive image in their community.

“We’re not all that scary,” Diaz joked. A Northampton native, he said that he looks forward to the event every year. “It’s a staple of opening up the summer in Northampton,” he said.

Laura Livermore sat on a lawnchair, waiting for the fireworks with her extended family. She said she was happy to see a large turnout for the event

“I think everybody feels welcome,” she said.

Amherst, Chesterfield, South Hadley, Ware, Holyoke and Springfield will hold their own Independence Day celebrations on July 4.


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