Roxbury fireworks Sept. 4 will cap a day of family fun

Fireworks in Kirkside Park have become a “new” tradition for Roxbury's Turn of the Century Day, and once again the sky will light up at dusk on Saturday, Sept. 4 with a spectacular send-off to summer and “all the agreeable pursuits of 1898.”

Local organizations and supporters have mustered generous contributions to fund this community-wide party in Roxbury. Vaudeville acrobats and performers Clan Tynker will be back in Kirkside Park all day and will put on razzle-dazzle show at 6:30 p.m. as the countdown to fireworks begins. The Roxbury VFD will keep the burgers and dogs on the grill and refreshments going throughout the evening, while Public Restaurant & Lounge will keep the beer and wine flowing to toast this decades-long Roxbury tradition.

The evening’s party will follow a full day of traditional Turn of the Century Days fun: vintage base ball games all day in Kirkside Park, crafts with demonstrations and vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides, Teddy Bear Tea, Fashion Parade, children’s games and activities with authentic foodways and a beer garden in Kirkside Park during the day. As the last vintage base ball game of the afternoon winds down, the party will step into gear by 6 p.m. While food and drink will be on offer, partygoers can also bring a picnic of their own. Picnic tables will be provided, but you can also bring your own lawn chair or blanket to stretch out and enjoy the fireworks.

The fireworks (by Empire State Fireworks) and celebration are sponsored by the MARK Project, Roxbury Motel, MTC, Beaverdam Builders, the Roxbury VFD and Lamont Engineers. To become a sponsor or for more information about Turn of the Century Day, call the Roxbury Parks Department at 607 326-3722. A schedule and details can also be found at