It was a blast!

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 11:45am

To the Editor:
It’s a little hard to believe, but due to either global shutdowns or bad weather, the annual July 4 fireworks display had not taken place on Block Island since 2019. Because of that, we, as members of the Double Ender Committee, locked in a Labor Day weekend rain date for the fireworks just in case they could not happen on the July 4 weekend, which turned out to be the case. Thanks to the support and participation of many people,
the Labor Day fireworks celebration was the joyful event it was meant to be.
People gathered on their lawns, porches, in their cars, on the beach, at their homes, and at local businesses that hosted events to watch a wonderful display put on by Ocean State Pyrotechnics on Saturday, Sept. 3. It was a relief, and a lot of fun. For the first time, the fireworks were shot off from a barge in Block Island Sound, making the display not only safe, but easy to see.
This kind of event can only happen with the support of many people, including the Block Island community that responded to the call for financial support when it was needed the most.
The display also could not have happened without the generous support of the Block Island Tourism Council, which sponsored the fireworks festival.
Thank you to the Block Island real estate community – Ballard Hall Sales Group, Beach Real Estate, Block Island Realty, Phillips Real Estate, Sullivan Sotheby’s, and Rosemary Tobin of Lila Delman Compass – who sponsored the new but essential cost of the barge itself.
Thank you to Cross Sound Ferry for sponsoring the 4th of July Parade.
We would also like to thank Fire Chief Chris Hobe for his support; Captains Matt King and Bob Littlefield for getting the fireworks team on and off the barge; to New England Airlines for getting the team on and off the island and to Betty Jean of Kody’s Taxi and Joe Jones for getting the team back and forth to the airport before and after the show. An event such as this requires the support of many, and it is greatly appreciated.
A fireworks display may not seem like a terribly important event, but after the disruptions of the past few years, it did seem and feel like a return to normalcy, so thank you again to all who made it happen. We’ll return in 2023!
Until then, be well, safe and happy.

The Double Ender Committee
Liz Doherty, Bruce Johnson, Kristen
Kiley, Mary Lawless, Lars Trodson