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    Town to hold fireworks display on Sept. 23

    For the second year in a row, Pembroke will have a fall fireworks display.

    The Pembroke Celebrates Committee is presenting the free fireworks show on Sept. 23 at about 7:15 at the high school athletic fields on Learning Lane.

    The fireworks will be preceded by a family tailgating event starting at 5 p.m. at which participants are invited to bring a picnic and their own yard games to play, such as corn hole, ladder toss, and bocce ball.


    There will also be a disc jockey playing music, free hot dogs provided by the Salvation Army, a moonbounce, and an ice-cream truck.

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    The committee was formed last year by a group of Pembroke residents to organize and raise funds for fireworks displays in town, according to Kathleen Keegan, the group’s chairwoman and the owner of a local real estate agency.

    Before the fireworks display last October, Pembroke’s only other fireworks displays in recent times have been at its 275th and 300th anniversary celebrations, in 1987 and 2012.

    Keegan said the committee was able to plan this year’s event when it succeeded in raising the $9,000 needed.

    Fireworks shows are a Fourth of July tradition in many communities, but “we like the idea of doing it in the fall,” Keegan said. “It’s still a nice time to be outside.”

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