‘The highlight of the summer’: Community excited to be back at Beacon Field for fireworks, festivities

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Dancers from Pizazz Dance Studio put on an hourlong show at Beacon Field in Greenfield on Monday before the fireworks

GREENFIELD — The community gathered at Beacon Field Monday evening for the annual Independence Day fireworks show, excited to be back after a year hiatus in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve been going since I was little,” said Jessie Glod of Ashfield, who was there with her children on Monday. “We had to make it work last year, but it’s really nice to be back.

Her friend, Dasha Hanson of Framingham, said it was nice to see everyone singing and dancing along to the music and stage performances that precede the fireworks show at 9:35 p.m.

“It’s definitely the highlight of the summer,” she said.

The first to take to the stage for the celebration were dancers from Pizazz Dance Studio, who put on an hour-long performance. They were followed by the musical group Barely Standing.

“It’s so uplifting to see the field full of people, celebrating our Independence Day and about to enjoy an amazing fireworks show,” said Recreation Director Christy Moore.

Greenfield residents Kayla and Darren Stover, who were at Beacon Field with their children, said the pre-firework festivities and firework celebration were a first for them, having only moved the city a few years ago.

“We’ve been trying to do everything we can to see other people,” said Kayla Stover.