For some, the Fourth of the July is the #1 holiday on the calendar. And in Beaver County, there are plenty of patriots who celebrate with the best of them. It is a time to reflect back on our nation’s independence from England, and to remember the sacrifices our early military made to defeat this global superpower.

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without fireworks. You can have all the cook outs, barbecues, and pool parties you want, but you need fireworks! But if you don’t feel like forking over hundreds of dollars for a few shells, sparklers, and Roman candles, then PUSH Beaver County has the perfect answer.

Beaver County BOOM!

Beaver County BOOM! is a fireworks spectacular unlike any other in Beaver County. This event is being held on Saturday, July 2, beginning at 9:45 pm at the confluence of the Beaver and Ohio Rivers. This is the sixth year for the event, and event organizer Mark Kopsack couldn’t be more thrilled for what’s in store.

Kopsack said, “This year’s theme is Red, White, and BOOM! so be prepared to hear some of your favorite country and rock songs along with, perhaps, a special tribute to Prince in there. As always, per Beaver County BOOM! tradition, the finale will be a complete assault on the skies over Beaver County and the Ohio and Beaver River valleys will thunder with incredible repercussions.”

People United in Shaping and Helping

The organization that puts this event on is PUSH Beaver County, which stands for People United in Shaping and Helping. The committee at PUSH brainstormed ways for more people to become involved in this incredible event, so this year, for the first time, Beaver Countians can actually sponsor one of the thousands of shells that will be shot into the sky.


Kopsack added, “The ‘Sponsor a Shell’ Program was created as a way for the community to get involved in the annual tradition of Beaver County BOOM!  Over the years we have heard so many times, ‘How can I get involved if I am not a business, municipality, or our County government?’ People wanted to help but there was no vehicle in order to do so. The ‘Sponsor a Shell’ program lets our community invest in our tradition for as little as $5.”

Yes, $5 is all that it costs to sponsor a shell. If you want to sponsor a shell, you can visit PUSH’s website. There, you will find the information you need.

We’re Talking Zambelli Fireworks

As in year’s past, the worldwide leader in fireworks, Zambelli International of New Castle, will put on the 20 minute show that promises to entertain the masses. The musical score that accompanies the show can be heard on 1230 WBVP or 1460 WMBA.

If you’ve never been to Beaver County BOOM!, or are looking for a new place to catch the action, the Monaca Waterworks Park, Rochester Flag Park, and Bridgewater Park are ideal if you truly want to experience the power of BOOM! If you live in the surrounding communities, sites in East Rochester, Beaver, Center Township, Rochester Township, Freedom, New Brighton, and Brighton Township will have excellent vantage points and are wonderful places to enjoy the show.

“One of the reasons the launch site was chosen was because of its central location in Beaver County and the ability for so many people to enjoy it with all of our wonderfully large riverfront parks, it truly is a special place to fire a show each year and so many are able to turn out to watch it,” Kopsack said.

Be sure to visit PUSH Beaver County’s website, sponsor a few shells, and watch them light up the night sky on Saturday, July 2.

Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando