Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com
A city-sponsored fireworks display will explode across the sky over Boston Harbor on Aug. 31, officials announced Wednesday.
The display, scheduled for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, will celebrate what's call "(ähts): the Boston Arts Festival," and the closing of the Summer on the Waterfront series of special events, according to a statement from Mayor Thomas M. Menino and organizers of the summer series.
“We’re looking forward to bringing public fireworks back to Boston Harbor to celebrate our annual arts festival,” Menino said in the statement. “It will be another great Labor Day weekend in the City of Boston with something for everyone to enjoy.”
The city’s waterfront neighborhoods will have a front-row seat as the pyrotechnics launch from a barge anchored between East Boston and South Boston, according to the statement.
The 10th annual city-sponsored (ähts) festival is set to take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, at Christopher Columbus Park.
The weekend-long event will feature more than three dozen juried visual artists showing and selling original paintings, sculpture, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, photography, and mixed media works. It will also include performing and interactive arts programs.
Labor Day weekend will also conclude the Summer on the Waterfront series, a two-year-old collaboration among about 50 government agencies, businesses, and non-profit groups, led by The Boston Harbor Association.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Mayor Menino and the Boston Arts Festival to present Boston Harbor fireworks this year,” Julie Wormser, executive director of The Boston Harbor Association and founder of the summer series, said in the statement.
“Boston was abuzz this summer with activities and programs, and we are thrilled to bring the fireworks back to the waterfront,” she said.
The fireworks display is set to begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31.
For more information on the (ähts) festival, call 617-635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts,
For more information on Summer on the Waterfront, call 617-482-1722, extension 102, or visit www.summeronthewaterfront.org.