Mike Dunn, president and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee, says the idea for Salisbury’s Annual Red, White and Boom Fourth of July Event, came to him one night when he realized Salisbury had not had free community fireworks in over six years.
He had no idea what was involved in putting together a firework show, but with the help of knowledgeable and generous friends, he did just that.
Dunn says he leaves the dangerous stuff to the professionals and hires a company called Fireworks Extravaganza, who also does the Delmarva Shorebirds‘ fireworks, to put on the show. He says that each year they try to go as high and big and large as they can with the money they have.
This year, there will be two special fireworks in the lineup. The first being a gold burst 6oo-feet in the air, that will honor gold-star families who have lost a family member in service to our country. Right after that, they will launch a blue firework to honor blue-star families, which are families who currently have a family member serving in the military.
Red, White and Boom is much more than just fireworks. The event also includes food from different vendors, bounce houses, a station where you can send scrolls to the troops and other Fourth of July fun and entertainment.
102.5 WBOC-FM will be providing the audio for the event and Joe Edwards, operations manager at the station, says they will be doing a 25-minute patriotic montage to accompany the firework display. The music, which he says is a mixture of everything from Katy Perry to John Philip Sousa, can be heard live at the stadium, or on the radio at 102.5 WBOC.
The fifth annual Red, White and Boom celebration will take place Monday, July 4, at Wicomico County Stadium. Parking is free and gates will open at 6:30 pm.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the free fireworks, which were paid for by Toyota and generous donors throughout the community. The rain date is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5.