July 1 Fireworks, Pops Concert Planned At UMass Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the Town of Dartmouth and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will join July 1 in presenting a fireworks display and pops concert to kick off Independence Day weekend and celebrate the strong partnership that exists between the University and the community.

JULY 1 FIREWORKS, POPS CONCERT PLANNED AT UMASS DARTMOUTH 
University and Town of Dartmouth join to kick off 
Independence Day Weekend for the SouthCoast 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the Town of Dartmouth and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will join July 1 in presenting a fireworks display and pops concert to kick off Independence Day weekend and celebrate the strong partnership that exists between the University and the community. 

The Bank of America is the lead private sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include the Town of Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Foundation, and Colonial Wholesale Beverage. 

“The Dartmouth Select Board members feel that this annual event is a great opportunity for the people of Dartmouth to join with the University and celebrate the holiday in a true American fashion,’’ said Dartmouth Town Administrator Michael Gagne. “What better way for the whole family to gather for a picnic, live music and awesome fireworks on the beautiful grounds of UMass Dartmouth.’’ 

“This event is a fun way to celebrate our connections to our host community of Dartmouth and the communities around us,’’ said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “We look forward to seeing thousands of our friends from the SouthCoast join us on July 1.” 

The concert, which will take place on the campus quadrangle, will begin at 6 p.m. with jazz/world music/progressive rock band Planet Groove, a five-time winner of the Providence Phoenix best music poll. At 7:45 p.m., the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will take the stage and feature great American music. 

At 9:30 p.m. the symphony will perform the 1812 Overture in unison with the launching of the fireworks. 

Visitors are encouraged to bring along picnic suppers, lawn chairs, bug spray, and blankets. Visitors are invited to arrive anytime after 5 p.m.. 

Concession stands and vendors will have a variety of foods and novelty products available for sale to the public. This community celebration is family-oriented and alcohol-free. 

Visitors are advised to check the local radio and television stations for information about weather-related issues. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be cancelled but the concert will take place in the University’s main auditorium. Information will also be available by calling the main university telephone number 508. 999.8000 and by visiting the UMass website at www.umassd.edu. 

UMass Dartmouth is located at 285 Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth, off interstate 195. Traffic entering and exiting the campus will move in one direction only beginning at 5 p.m. University, state and Dartmouth police will direct exiting traffic, which will be channeled to leave the campus in both directions. 

Police will close the campus to incoming cars at approximately 9 p.m., and parking will be banned along Old Westport Road throughout the entire evening. These precautions will be taken to protect pedestrian safety, and to expedite the flow of traffic after the event, according to public safety officials. 


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