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BOOM! Fireworks Show to Bring Together Beaver County Communities

May 31, 2018 08:20PM ● By Clare Heekin Lynch

The 4th of July is synonymous with fireworks, but why wait until then to enjoy a show? There’s no better way than to jump-start the summer than by attending Beaver County’s BOOM! fireworks display, which will take place on Saturday, June 23.

Celebrating family, community and country, the eighth annual Hot Summer Nights fireworks show is a joyous event spread across several towns along the Beaver and Ohio rivers. Presented by PUSH Beaver County, this event is the perfect celebration of community. 

Well before the sparkling arrays of colors and thunderous booms, families will be able to take part in a host of activities that include food vendors—mini-food truck festival, anyone?—as well as music, performances and shopping. There will also be kid-friendly activities including a family fun zone in Bridgewater Park. 

“We see this event as a sort of kickoff to welcoming our residents home who may have gone away to school or maybe even moved away from the area,” said event chairperson Nathan Kopsack. “Beaver County tends to be parochial in that each little town has their own area and community. The idea behind BOOM! was to build a ‘field of dreams’ bringing together the different municipalities including Monaca, Bridgewater, Chippewa, New Brighton and Center. 

“BOOM! encourages residents to get out and celebrate with each other, while bringing new people to the area to enjoy our beautiful rivers and to see our recent growth and development,” he added.

PUSH Beaver County, or People United in Shaping and Helping Beaver County, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to plan and manage philanthropic and community events to enrich the lives of Beaver County residents. “Our purpose is to move toward social change and to bring people together through a variety of networking and social events,” Kopsack said. 

One such event is the Beaver County Health + Wellness Fair. “This 'Path to Wellness' is a way to promote good health and offer free information to our residents,” Kopsack continued. 

A significant portion of the revenue received from events like BOOM! is earmarked for local charities tied to the event, as well as for the group’s academic scholarship program. “If you’re from Beaver County and you attend a Beaver County higher education facility or trade program, then you are eligible for one of three annual scholarships,” Kopsack said.

The largest fireworks show in Beaver County, BOOM! is under the sponsorship of Zambelli Fireworks and takes place on barges at the county’s very own “Point”—the convergence of where the Beaver and Ohio Rivers meet. There will be enough green space for families to spread out blankets and relax, or to take a stroll, bike, or hike along the river. The show will also be choreographed to Beaver County radio stations WBVP and WMBA.

For a private party experience, $50 tickets are available for a special evening including a buffet dinner, refreshments, live entertainment by The Wrangler Band, giveaways, private parking, and an exclusive vantage point to view the fireworks. This event benefits a variety of local charities, including Beaver County Flags Across America.

Kopsack is proud of the work that the volunteer-based organization does. “Watching our municipalities and county work together to make this area great really creates a sense of community and builds a sense of pride,” he said. “And to know that we can support this and give back makes it even more special because it’s what’s in our hearts every day!”

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