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Fireworks Show to Finish 4th Fest with a Bang

by on July 04, 2012 12:39 PM

After all the daytime festivities come to an end, everyone is welcome to experience the oohs and ahhs at the annual 4th Fest fireworks.

What better way to end the celebration than with a bang.

The 45-minute show is planned to begin promptly at 9:15 p.m. and will be originating from the northeast end of Beaver Stadium.

The fireworks themselves can be seen in the sky from various places in the area. Seating will be available just about anywhere you can find a spot to put your lawn chair or blanket. Medlar Field at Lubrano Park also will open its seating to viewers.

Gary Mayhew, who is on the 4th Fest board of directors and iis the pyrotechnics co-chair, emphasized the importance of getting as close to the show as possible.

“If you’re not sitting in the VIP section, you’re missing half the show," he said. "You get to see it, you get to smell it, you get to hear it, and you get to feel it.”

The VIP section is located in the grassy area on the northwest side of the baseball field. This area is reserved for the sponsors of 4th Fest and anyone who would like to purchase a ticket. Ticket rates are located on the 4th Fest website.

It’s no secret that this fireworks show is one of the largest in the United States. In fact, the International Fireworks Guide rated it the third largest, biggest and best Fourth of July fireworks show in the nation.

The show will feature fireworks and ground-based effects, which include flares and lit up figurines, symbols, and/or words, that are all precisely choreographed to musicRadio station 93.7 FM, The Bus, will be broadcasting the music for all to hear, both near and far, and will include a mixture of traditional patriotic tunes, popular selections, as well as other genres.

Live coverage will begin on WHVL-TV at 8 p.m.

“Every year, we have a theme," Mayhew said. "This year’s theme is heroes. We have new shells, new sets, and new special effects. So this year you’ve got to watch out for the heroes theme. You’ve gotta’ come up to see it.”



Danielle Matalonis is a student at Penn State and a summer intern for StateCollege.com covering local news and events.
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