Fireworks return to McCoy Stadium, but without the PawSox

Blackstone Valley

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Brightly colored fireworks filled the sky over Pawtucket Monday night as the city held its annual fireworks display.

“Pawtucket always does a good job with their fireworks displays. Always,” city resident Raymond McCaffrey said.

But what wasn’t filled this year was McCoy Stadium. With the team having moved to Worcester, the seats remained empty and the festivities were moved across the street.

“They should still be here, that’s all I can say, ya know?” McCaffrey added.

In lieu of the Fourth of July PawSox game that would normally precede the fireworks, more than a dozen food trucks and live music were brought in to entertain attendees before the display was set off inside the vacant stadium.

The city spent more money on this year’s display — roughly $50,000 — to get the fireworks higher in the air for more people to see.

“It wasn’t about the PawSox. It was really about the fireworks,” Mayor Don Grebien said. “Better than expected. We got a little nervous because we lost a couple days because of the weather, but all good.”

“The pandemic, we are easing up on that and now, it’s great to see people coming together,” City Councilman Michael Araujo said.

Pawtucket’s fireworks were originally scheduled for July 3, but were rained out like many other communities’ events.

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