Pops concert and Fireworks at UMass Dartmouth July 3

UMASS Dartmouth annual Independence Day Pops Concert and Fireworks, Thursday, July 3rd , 6 p.m. Weather permitting

June 16, 2003 

Pops Concert and Fireworks at UMass Dartmouth July 3 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold its 9th annual Independence Day Pops Concert and Fireworks on Thursday, July 3rd beginning at 6:00 p.m. Weather permitting the University anticipates a large and enthusiastic audience, estimated at more than 20,000. 

“It is my great pleasure to invite residents of the Town of Dartmouth, and of the entire SouthCoast region, to participate in our 2003 POPS Concert and fireworks display,” said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “For many citizens, this year’s celebration of our freedom as Americans and our independence as a nation takes on additional patriotic meaning. UMASS is particularly proud to co-host this traditional Independence Day celebration with the Town of Dartmouth and our corporate sponsors.” 

Visitors are encouraged to bring along picnic suppers, lawn chairs, bug spray and blankets to make themselves more comfortable while enjoying this magnificent evening in the campus quadrangle area. The campus will be open all day and guests should begin arriving anytime after 5 p.m. to find the best available seating. Concession stands and venders will have a variety of foods and novelty products available for sale to the public. 

Leading-off the musical program at 6 p.m., and back by popular demand with a lively performance, is the incredible UMD percussion ensemble "El Caribe" under the direction of Professor Jamie Eckert. The "Ronnie Rose Band" will perform next, featuring Ronnie Rose, one of New England's finest vocalists and most popular entertainers. 

At 8:00 p.m. the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will offer a fantastic concert of popular music featuring selections from various American and international composers. The grand finale fireworks display is scheduled for approximately 9:45 p.m. to coincide with the playing of the "1812 Overture" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." 

“This event is free to the public because of the generosity of FleetBoston, Colonial Wholesale Beverage, the Town of Dartmouth and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,” said Chancellor MacCormack. 

In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be cancelled and the concert will be moved into the Main Auditorium with seating limited to 1,000. Visitors are advised to check the local radio and television stations for information about cancellation because of weather-related problems. Information will also be available by calling the main university phone number, 508 999-8000. 

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 7 p.m. University, state and Dartmouth police will direct exiting traffic, which will be 
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channeled to leave the campus in both directions. Police will close the campus to incoming cars at approximately 9:15 p.m., and parking will be banned along Old Westport Road throughout the 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.

For additional information contact Paul Vigeant 508-999-9143.

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