“Stars Burst Over Carlisle” Fireworks Show


The Borough of Carlisle and the Downtown Carlisle Association are proud to present Cumberland County’s Independence Day Holiday Fireworks Show. The annual “Stars Burst Over Carlisle” Tribute to Freedom fireworks extravaganza will launch from the Carlisle Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 3 at 9:45 pm.

“We are proud to be able to pull the community together each year and celebrate our great Nation’s founding with this fireworks display,” said Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott. “July 3rd was the date chosen for the fireworks to allow for a late night with families and full day of Independence Day fun, as July 5th will be a work day for most.”

Launched from the highest spot at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, the show can be seen from nearby streets, parks, and backyards. Summerfair organizers have scheduled their popular Tractor Twang concert and country line-dancing event for the Carlisle Fairgrounds Grandstands starting at 7:00 pm.

The Borough has been teaming with the Downtown Carlisle Association the past two years to help coordinate sponsorships, advertising, production and public safety measures. “We are always eager to help boost the awareness of what Carlisle has to offer. This is a great way to allow the Borough to tap event production resources it already has access through the DCA, without causing undo burden on other borough agencies,” said Glenn White, Executive Director of the Downtown Carlisle Association. Sponsors for the Stars Burst Over Carlisle fireworks show are: The Borough of Carlisle, UPMC Pinnacle-Carlisle, Eckert Seamans, The Carlisle Sentinel, Carlisle Eagles Post 1299, Tree of Life Church, CAM-TEK Systems, and the Downtown Carlisle Association.

Rain date for the fireworks will be July 4 at 9:45 pm. Any cancellation will be announced at 5:00 pm the day of the fireworks.


Last year, Pennsylvania passed a law that allows consumers to purchase & use “Class C” fireworks, including firecrackers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets. While you can legally purchase them, there are strict regulations about actually setting them off. These fireworks pose a danger to both people and property.

According to state law, you cannot set off fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure. This eliminates almost all areas in the Borough.

Other regulations include:
· They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
· They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
· They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
· They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks cause an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 house fires. Last year, an estimated 12,900 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. These fireworks may be legal to purchase, but they are still very dangerous and should be left to the professionals.