Shippensburg won’t let COVID-19 keep the town from celebrating America’s independence.
Generous donations from the community have helped the Shippensburg Community Parks and Recreation Authority plan its annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Veterans Stadium.
Director Tyler Fairchild took to Facebook recently with a GoFundMe campaign seeking contributions for the display, which costs about $6,000.
The coronavirus pandemic has canceled numerous events SCPRA typically hosts through the summer, including the closure of the pool where they always have a big Fourth of July celebration. This has hit SCPRA’s finances, and they weren’t sure if the fireworks display would be possible.
“Hello Shippensburg Community, First and foremost, I hope you and your families are doing well and my condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19. Over the past three months, our world has been turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and normalcy is slowly coming back,” the GoFundMe page reads. “The Board of Administration for the Shippensburg Community Parks and Recreation Authority (SCPRA) has had to cancel many events, programs, and fundraising efforts due to COVID-19. As Shippensburg moves forward and restrictions are lifted, SCPRA is hopeful to be able to provide the community with the annual 4th of July Firework Display. However, SCPRA needs the community’s help. With not being able to fundraise properly during the pandemic, SCPRA is at risk of not being able to afford the fireworks display show. The annual show costs $6,000, and we need to try and raise the funds by June 26. I have organized this gofundme because I believe our community is able to rally together to raise enough funds. Every donation counts, and if you are unable to donate please share this for others to see. If you do not want to donate through gofundme, SCPRA is accepting donations payable to SCPRA, 677 Orrstown Road, Shippensburg, Pa. 17257.”
Thanks to the many contributors, SCPRA will be holding the brilliant display for all to see. It is scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, with a rain date of July 5. The display will also be live-streamed via Facebook.
Fairchild noted there are restrictions in place for those who choose to attend the display at Veterans Stadium due to the coronavirus:
“No matter where you choose to sit and view the fireworks, we encourage you to follow all PA Department of Health and CDC COVID-19 prevention guidelines:
- Proper hygiene such as hand washing
- Maintain 6 feet of distance
- Wear a cloth face covering
- Stay home if sick
- Vulnerable population should stay home
Seating at Veterans Stadium:
- In accordance with the PA Department of Health COVID-19 prevention guideline of gatherings of no more than 250 people. Veterans Stadium will be open to the first 250 people only. The main gate at Veterans Stadium will open at 8 p.m. While waiting in line, please maintain 6 feet of distance. SCPRA will have markings on the ground to show proper 6 feet distance between your family and the next. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized. A sanitation table will be available with hand sanitizer available for use. Please remain with your family. If you choose to interact with others, face coverings are recommended.”
Fairchild said Wednesday, $6,800 has been raised for the display, and the additional funds will go toward more fireworks.
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.
“A big thank you to every individual, family and business who has donated. Thank you, Shippensburg Community for coming together to make this happen!” Fairchild added.