2010-06-24 / Editorial

A tradition worthy of your support

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 15 years that the Rocket Dawgz – and now, its successor group, the Rocket ‘hogs – have been happily blowing up islanders’ money in a spectacular display over the waves at Mackerel Cove.

The Jamestown Fourth of July fireworks have become an island tradition. And so has the group’s annual appeal for donations.

Like most worthy traditions, the annual fireworks display requires a lot of hard work – and money – to keep it going.

This year is no different. The display will take place on Saturday, July 3, at Mackerel Cove. And the ‘hogs still need donations to make a magical display happen.

Here’s what I wrote last year:

“It takes lots of green cash to feed the colorful fireworks each year. Because of the recent change in the fireworks management, so to speak, the Rocket ’hogs are a little behind in their fundraising for this year’s extravaganza.

“The Rocket ’hogs are asking that everyone send in their donations sooner rather than later. That way they can make the appropriate arrangements with the guys at the fireworks company.

“In other words, they need to know how many ka-booms to order. Show your patriotic island spirit by promptly mailing your checks to The Jamestown Fireworks Fund, c/o The Rocket ’hogs, PO Box 195, Jamestown, RI 02835.

“Donations of all amounts will be most appreciated, the Rocket ’hogs say.

“You can also help out with the Independence Day pyrotechnics by dropping your loose change into special “Ka- Boom” jars at island businesses. That way you won’t have all that spare change weighing you down. Remember, the more you donate, the bigger the ka-boom on July 3rd!”

There’s still time to help.

Take out your checkbook and do your part to keep an island tradition going.

— Jeff McDonough

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