Every year on July 3rd, local residents escape to Humarock Beach in Scituate to enjoy a night sky illuminated by fireworks. But to many, Humarock on the 3rd has become infamous for out-of-control drinking and other wild behavior. This year Scituate tried to control holiday celebrations by requiring a $100 permit for all bonfires and expanding the police and fire force.
Fire Chief Rick Judge believes that the town created a safe environment for visitors, “We permitted the bonfires and it was very successful. We only had two people build bonfires that were unpermitted. I think the message got out that we’re going to tone it down. We’ve added our police presence down here; we had the department of fire services and communications along with the state police and Plymouth County Sheriff’s department.”
Judge also recognized that though the crowd was smaller than previous years, the event was successful, “The numbers look down–I don’t know whether it’s the weather or the message got out that it’s not going to be a circus down here anymore. So far, so good. We tried to get it back to safe, family fun and it looks like we’re successful.”