PORTSMOUTH, NH. Thursday, December 2, 2021. The tradition of First Night fireworks (and ice sculpture!) – a true community event that everyone can enjoy when ringing in the New Year – will return this year thanks to community support.
In order to bring back the First Night fireworks and ice sculpture, Pro Portsmouth had announced the need to raise $15.0K by December 1st to cover not only the material costs, but the safety costs (insurance, Police, Fire, DPW) as well. Thanks entirely to public support, that goal was met.
According to the organization’s Executive Director, Barbara Massar, the response was not only a reaffirmation of the importance of community events, but also a reminder of the generosity of the people of Portsmouth and beyond.
“We saw donations across the spectrum: from businesses large and small, to families and individuals. Some people we knew, others were new to us, but all came together to make this possible,” said Massar. “And seeing some of the donations come in was very moving as we knew that people were giving what they could to help us create this celebration.” (A complete listing of supporters can be seen here: https://proportsmouth.org/first-night-activities-entertainment/
Pro Portsmouth will work with the City on the logistics of the fireworks display at the South Mill Pond; tentatively, the start time is 8pm on December 31st. As in the past, Jeff Day and his team from Ice Designs will install an ice sculpture in front of North Church.
Details, including information on street closures and parking, will be posted on the Pro Portsmouth website, https://proportsmouth.org/events/first-night-portsmouth/
About Pro Portsmouth:
Pro Portsmouth, Inc. is a 501c (3) organization serving the Seacoast area. Its Mission is to promote the arts, culture, history and community of the area through such events as Children’s Day, Market Square Day, Summer in the Street and First Night® Portsmouth. For more information on the group, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.proportsmouth.org