Shippensburg once again lit up the night sky with its spectacular show of aerial fireworks at Memorial Park on the evening of July 4th.

Mick Elder and his crew from MBT Pyrotechnics in Orrstown were setting up the fireworks early Saturday morning.

Elder said, “This is our first year here at Shippensburg. We normally do the fireworks in Roxbury at the Roxbury Holiness Camp. We are preparing 900 all-aerial fireworks. This area is flat, which will make the fireworks go really high. The 900 fireworks will make about a 20- to a 22-minute show including the grand finale.”

Tyler Fairchild, director of the Shippensburg Community Parks and Rec Authority, said, “I really appreciate the support from the community, raising $6,800 in 10 days to make this evening's event happen. It was very gracious, and I hope everyone enjoys the show tonight.”

Fairchild added, “We could only admit 250 people inside the stadium, according to the pandemic regulations, and use the first half of the parking lot for vehicles and the other half for emergency services vehicles including the Borough Police.” 

Many people and their vehicles lined both sides of U.S. Route 11, Lurgan Avenue, Reading Road, and the parking lots of Weis Market, Shippensburg middle and high schools and Volvo CE just after 8 p.m. to watch the fireworks display, which kicked off just after 9 p.m.

Four children sitting together on U.S. Route 11, three of them were asked, ”What does July 4th, America’s Independence Day, mean to you?”

Shae Salerno, age 11, said, “Celebrating America’s Freedom.”

Lexus Russell, age 13, said, “Showing our Red, White and Blue colors for America.”

Amanda Hibbitts, age 10, added, “Celebrating our 13 colonies’ independence from England.”

Fireworks sponsors include: Businesses -- American Legion Post 223, Chamberlin’s Reliable Heating and Cooling, Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home and Crematorium Inc., Forrester Farm Equipment, Pague and Fegan, PA Titans Baseball, RA Yohe Construction, Shippensburg Area Athletic Association, Shippensburg Little League, Uncle Eddie’s BBQ, and VFW Post 6168. Individuals -- Alicia Boarts, Steve Brenize, Kerri Burrows, Mitchell Burrows, Carr Family, Nichole Elk, Fairchild Family, Edward Goodhart, Nate Hart, Stella Mears (Happy 90th Birthday), Angie Minnich, O’Donnell Family, Caulene Rogers, Tim Hess, Travis Scott, Judy Smith, VanScyoc Family, Tyler Werdt, Josh Wolfe, Kimberly Yonish and 14 anonymous donors.

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