Fireworks will light up the sky over Hingham Harbor on Sept. 10!
August 25, 2022 By Carol Britton Meyer (photo by Joshua Ross)
Thanks to Showcase Cinemas, in partnership with the Hingham Lions Club, the Hingham Harborworks fireworks display originally planned for July 1 is a "go" for Sept. 10, when a spectacular display will light up the sky over Hingham Harbor to the delight of thousands of spectators.
Showcase Cinemas, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, is the official sponsor of the event -- which will be hosted as it has been for many years by the Lions Club of Hingham -- in celebration of the opening of its newest theater location, Showcase Cinema de Lux Hanover Crossing, this fall.
The fireworks are returning -- more spectacular than ever before -- following a three-year hiatus due to a lack of funding and volunteers and the pandemic.
Given the event’s importance to the local community, Showcase Cinemas decided to step in and sponsor the fireworks to once again give the community the opportunity to enjoy this popular tradition.
However, the originally scheduled fireworks display was postponed due to the presence of protected wildlife on Button Island, the location from which Hingham's fireworks display is typically launched.
The Lions Club has been working collaboratively with the Town of Hingham, Harbormaster Ken Corson, and the Conservation Commission to determine an environmentally safe and responsible Inner Harbor barge location to bring back the celebration and make it bigger and better than ever.
“Community involvement is extremely important to us at Showcase Cinemas, and we felt there was no better way to show our support of the South Shore community than to help bring back such a beloved event like the Hingham Harborworks in advance of the opening of our newest cinema location at Hanover Crossing this fall,” said Mark Malinowski, VP of Global Marketing for Showcase Cinemas. “While unfortunately the fireworks were not able to take place over the July 4 weekend, we appreciate all the efforts of the Hingham Lions Club to secure the date in September. We know this will be a fabulous event for all the South Shore to enjoy as we watch the harbor sparkle under the fireworks on Sept. 10.”
As the host of the Harborworks celebration for more than two decades, "the Lions Club is extremely appreciative of the support from Showcase Cinemas as the catalyst to bring this cherished tradition back to the community, even if it’s in September instead of July,” Lions Club President Mark Casale said. “We enjoy hosting a time-honored event where families and neighbors are able to relax and enjoy, and we look forward to celebrating with everyone on September 10 at Hingham Harbor. The Lions Club appreciates all the volunteer effort that has gone into making this happen, and we're looking forward to a fun time."
In addition to hosting the fireworks for 25 consecutive years (from 1993 to 2018) , the Kiwanis/Lions Club pancake breakfast on Hingham Centre Common is a popular gathering place to enjoy a delicious breakfast leading up to the start of the parade.
Select Board member William Ramsey, who has been involved in the process of making the fireworks happen this year, said he's thrilled that "this wonderful community event is happening. We're very appreciative of Showcase Cinemas and all the volunteers involved -- including the Lions Club. A lot of work has gone into this effort."
Showcase Cinemas will have a large presence at the Harborworks celebration, with fun giveaways and special offers for anyone who signs up for the company’s popular Starpass loyalty program, through which members earn 10 percent on virtually all purchases and receive a $5 voucher with every $50 spent.
A recruitment table will be set up at the event for those interested in employment at the brand-new theater location in Hanover as part of the Hanover Crossing mixed-use development.
The cinema will offer eight auditoriums, including an XPlus Laser Premium Large Format auditorium with laser projection, Dolby Atmos™ immersive sound, power recliners, and a huge screen. It will also offer a lobby bar and lounge and state-of-the-art concessions stand and box office.
Those attending the fireworks can keep an eye out for Showcase Cinemas signage and tables along the waterfront to speak with company employees and representatives about the new cinema and all that is to come.
While the fireworks have been on hold since 2019, the Lions Club is part of a newly formed ad hoc Harborworks Committee of Hingham residents who are committed to bringing the event back and making it better than ever before, with increased volunteers and funding and support from Showcase Cinemas.
Now that the new fireworks date has been set, the Lions Club is also working collaboratively with the Harbor Development Committee and Hingham Maritime Center to create a full-day community celebration on Hingham Harbor leading up to the fireworks display in the evening.
Watch for more details to come on what is shaping up to be an awesome community day on the waterfront.