The Great Bonac Fireworks Show
The Great Bonac Fireworks Show is a three-decade tradition of a midsummer fireworks show over Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, New York. where proceeds from the event benefit numerous local charities. The event is entirely funded by corporate sponsorship and public contributions from people like you. Please browse through our website to learn more and please consider making a contribution to support the event. — Thank you!
About The Event
The Great Bonac Fireworks Show is a three-decade Long Island tradition of staging a dynamic midsummer fireworks show for residents of East Hampton, New York and our visitors The event is staged each year over Three Mile Harbor at East Hampton. The tradition almost faded into history, but in 2009, the East Hampton based Clamshell Foundation began reviving the popular event.
This is an excellent opportunity to promote your company by becoming a sponsor, a donor and/or volunteer and at the same time support our community and have fun. The event is entirely funded by corporate sponsorship and public contributions from people just like you. There are many ways you can help. Please contact us to discuss various opportunities. Help make this years’ fireworks show the best ever!
The date of this year’s 33rd annual show is Saturday, July 19th, 2014. Rain date is July 20th.
Bonac traditionally refers to an area called Springs (located in East Hampton, NY). Many of the original Bonac families in Springs were among the very early settlers of the town, having come from England, possibly Kent or Dorchester, Dorset, in the 1600s and 1700s. Bonackers made their living as baymen, fishermen, and farmers. Clams and clamming — both hard shell and soft shell — were and still are at the heart of Bonac culture and cuisine.
FIREWORKS VIEWING PARTIES AND VIEWING LOCATIONS:
Great viewing locations are the beaches at Maidstone Park and Sammy’s Beach, Gann Road, or any of the beaches off of Hands Creek Road Springy Banks Road as well as the head of 3 Mile Harbor. There are also restaurants on the Harbor, but no matter where you decide to watch them, go early because it fills up quickly! Maybe you want to come over by boat and anchor in the Harbor, that’s a unique experience. Again, come early in the day, do NOT discharge waste, there are FREE pump out boats, and as always – be SAFE!
BOATER VIEWING LOCATION INFO:
Lat: 41o 01′ 15.49″ N
Long: 72o 11′ 27.50″ W
FIREWORKS BY GRUCCI
The Gruccis of New York will stage the fireworks production. They are a fifth-generation, family-owned and operated company on Long Island, New York. They design, produce, and display over 300 performances annually all around the world. They are the “Top Name in Fireworks in the World” and their credits attest to this with seven consecutive U.S. Presidential inaugurations from Reagan 1981 to Bush 2005; The Olympics in Lake Placid 1981, Los Angeles 1985, Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004, and the world’s largest fireworks program ever produced in the world for the grand opening of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah and the Atlantis the Palm Resort to name a few.
History Of The Event
The annual fireworks display started in the early 1970’s when George Plimpton, the late writer, actor and founder of The Paris Review, began hosting fireworks parties at his summer homes in Sagaponack and Amagansett. Because of Mr. Plimpton’s love for Paris, the fireworks have always been scheduled for the first Saturday after Bastille Day (the French national holiday that celebrates the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of the modern republic).
The 3 Mile Harbor Fireworks soon became a public event and in 1980, Mr. Plimpton partnered with Tony Duke and Felix Grucci Sr. to have the fireworks benefit the camp, Boys and Girls Harbor. Boys and Girls Harbor was founded in 1937 by Tony Duke with the mission to empower children and their families to become full, productive participants in society through education, cultural awareness and social services.When it no longer was possible to continue the George Plimpton/Boy’s and Girl’s Harbor fireworks event, the future of the show became in jeopardy.
In 2009, in an effort to keep the tradition alive, The Clamshell Foundation took over the 3 Mile Harbor Fireworks.
Founded in 1992, The Clamshell Foundation is a non-profit organization that donates 100% of all profits from events it produces to the people, programs and projects for the Town of East Hampton and have included The East Hampton Dory Rescue Squad, Toys for Tots, the Red Cross, local food pantries, shellfish programs and annual environmental education scholarships to East Hampton High School students.
This year marks the 33rd consecutive year that the Grucci family will provide this evenings fireworks program and will do so in the loving memory of Felix Sr., his wife Concetta and their son James Felix Grucci (Jimmy) and of course, the visionary founder of the event George Plimpton.
The Clamshell Foundation thanks you for being a part of the 32nd Anniversary of fireworks in 3 Mile Harbor.
We hope you enjoy the show!
The event is funded solely through sponsorship and private contributions. Please help support our event and our community.
LOCATION: East Hampton, NY
VENUE: Three Mile Harbor
START DATE: July 18th, 2015
END DATE: July 18th, 2015