City July 4th fireworks moving to old mall property

 

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It’s won’t be long until the Fourth of July 2015, when America celebrates  its 239th year of independence and fireworks shoot skyward.

In Salisbury, they’ll blast 600 feet into the air, at the annual Red White and Boom, the annual celebration that attracts thousands.

This year, it will be on Saturday, July 4, with entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks, from the old Salisbury Mall site, at 9:15 p.m., said founder Mike Dunn.

The public will gather at the county stadium, a different location than in 2014, where vendors will be selling festival fare, from ice cream and snow cones to hot dogs and kettle corn. A Fat Boys catering truck will be there.

Red, White and Boom T-shirts will be sold by the ladies’ auxiliary from the fire department’s Station 2 and music will be provided by Adams Broadcasting, formerly Great Scott.

Inside the stadium there will be jugglers, a magician, balloon maker, clown and face painters.

“It’s all free,” said a jubilant Dunn.

“And, at 8 p.m., there will be a Kids’ Kazoo Parade. Every kid will get a kazoo and take one lap around the track,” he said.

Volunteers from Son Rise Church will sponsor three inflatable houses.

Dunn said there is room for thousands in the stadium and in the field outdoors, where tents can be pitched. Parking will be at the civic center or high school. In case of rain, the event will be July 5.

Every year, Dunn said, he solicits door to door to raise money for the $20,000 event, and asks businesses and individuals to help. Online donations can be made at gofundme.com/redwhiteandboom.

The city of Salisbury is the main sponsor and allots $9,000, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsor  and Robinson’s Family of Businesses is the premiere sponsor.

“The Moose Lodge, the Elks, VFW … they all contribute,” Dunn said.

“We will have more than 75 businesses in Wicomico County making contributions. Donations are still being accepted.  My goal is to raise $30,000 every year and we are getting there,” he said.

“It’s going to be a nice event. Grab your spot and come and enjoy the music and food and magicians. It’s the Fourth of July and it’s fireworks,” Dunn said.

“Few things are  more community-centric than the Fourth of July fireworks.”

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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