Fourth of July Virtual Celebration and Fireworks
The Borough of Carlisle has announced that this year’s July 4 Celebration will be a virtual celebration in place of a live event given the impacts of COVID-19.
The annual fireworks display takes months of planning and fundraising to produce. Typically, the search for a pyrotechnic professional and the procurement of fireworks begins in early spring. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions prohibited the Borough from procuring bids for these services. Fundraising was also a key factor in the decision to cancel as soliciting funds for a fireworks display during these times of economic uncertainty would not be appropriate. The ability to ensure social distancing by attendees also played in the decision.
Mayor Tim Scott further explained, “The annual fireworks event has been traditionally held at little, or no, expense to the Borough taxpayer. For years, we have relied heavily upon fundraising to pull this event together along with allocating some parking fund dollars in recent years*. Given the current economic climate, it would not be appropriate to solicit funds for fireworks when so many other needs exist within the Carlisle community. We encourage our residents and former sponsors of this event to donate to those worthy causes.”
Southeast Media Productions, the local company that produced the Memorial Day Virtual Remembrance ceremony, is producing a 30-minute video. The video will be both entertaining and educational, featuring select highlights of fireworks, as well as stories of local historical figures who played a role in the Revolutionary War and America’s independence. Historic Carlisle, Inc. will provide reenactors to bring the history of individuals such as General John Armstrong, Major John Andre, and Molly Pitcher to life in the production. St. Paul’s Brass Quintet will provide the music for the celebration video.
Scott pointed to this year’s event as another example of Carlisle’s unique collaborative spirit, “The virtual fireworks display came to life during conversations with former Mayor Kirk Wilson and others. Our dilemma was quickly put to rest through our discussions and we know that the production will not only be a success, but will also be educational and memorialized given the historic tribute and storytelling components.”
The video will be available for viewing on July 4th on the Borough’s website at www.carlislepa.org. Simply click on the “Fourth of July” link at the top of the homepage. The video will also be shared to the Borough’s social media channels, as well as on www.cumberlandvalleytv.com.
*Note: In Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, the Borough allocated $10,000 from Parking Fund dollars to procure fireworks.