Dutch Drolette, chairman of the Falmouth Fireworks Committee, Jay Zavala, president of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce and Falmouth Town Manager Julian Suso announced the postponement this afternoon.
Public Safety Officials, representatives of the Fireworks Committee, State Fire Marshall and Steven Pelkey, CEO, Atlas PyroVision Productions, and chief operator of the display participated in a conference call with MEMA this afternoon.
MEMA meteorologists confirmed that as Tropical Storm Arthur continues to track toward the northeast, weather conditions for the 4th of July are likely to include heavy rainfall, high winds and high seas.
While the landward/onshore conditions of the storm are predicted to subside by mid-day on Saturday, June 5, maritime conditions are predicted to remain unsteady with high seas and possible rip-currents continuing in the region through Saturday evening.
These projected unstable seas create high risk for the barge used for the pyrotechnical display, display operators and supporting public safety boats, assets and personnel, the fireworks organizers wrote in a prepared statement.
Therefore, the 4th of July Celebration Fireworks Display will be launched on Sunday, July 6th because clear conditions are forecast for that day. All other details of the event remain unchanged.
The decision was made Wednesday, July 2, to ensure the event can be deployed safely, with appropriate regulatory review and to provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to plan 4th of July weekend celebrations accordingly.