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Town prepares for fireworks tonight

GREENFIELD — Heat or no heat, the show will go on tonight — the fireworks show on Beacon Field, that is.

The only thing that will stop it now is a heavy rain, and then it would be held on Sunday at the same time.

Greenfield will hold its Independence Day celebration at Beacon Field with music, food and entertainment starting at 4 p.m., and will have a fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m.

Christy Moore, director of Greenfield Recreation Department, said the department met its goal of raising $18,000 to put the celebration on and have the fireworks.

On Friday, Moore, her crew and vendors began setting up the field and the stage there.

There will be performances by the Devlin Miles Band, Small Change, Zydeco Connection, Greenfield Military Band, and Zumba with the Body Shoppe.

At Greenfield Middle School, there will be a meet-and-greet with Skate Greenfield, an organization hoping to build a skate park in Greenfield.

For the past couple of years, the department has accepted donations from businesses, organizations and individuals, has placed donation cans in local businesses, and has sent volunteers to Main Street to collect from passersby.

For the last couple of weeks, volunteers have been collecting on Main Street and on Tuesday night, Mayor William Martin, former Town Council President Timothy Farrell, and local activist Penny Ricketts did a “celebrity bartender” stint at Taylor’s Tavern on Main Street, where they raised more than $900 for the celebration.

Donations are still being accepted and would be used for any unexpected expense or for next year’s fireworks costs.

They can be mailed to: Greenfield Recreation Department, 20 Sanderson St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Volunteers will also be collecting donations on the field tonight.

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