Red, White and BOOM 2022 prepares for Salisbury return

By Susan Canfora
Posted 6/27/22

A crowd of thousands, eyes skyward, will admire colorful fireworks shot 300 feet into the air at the 11th annual Red, White and BOOM 2022, on the evening of Monday, July 4.

The free show, held …

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Red, White and BOOM 2022 prepares for Salisbury return

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A crowd of thousands, eyes skyward, will admire colorful fireworks shot 300 feet into the air at the 11th annual Red, White and BOOM 2022, on the evening of Monday, July 4.

The free show, held this year at James M. Bennett High School, will begin at 9:15 p.m. The gates open at 6:30.

One minute before, a firework will go off reminding the crowd the display is about to begin.

One minute later, a blue explosion will honor Blue Star families who have someone in active military duty and one minute after that, a gold blast will be dedicated to Gold Star families, who lost someone serving in the military.

Then the approximately 20-minute spectacle will begin, said Brian Nelson who, with Ryan Weitzel, is co-chairing the event.

If it rains, the fireworks will be held Tuesday, July 5.

Those attending should take chairs or blankets. Face masks will not be required.

Eight food trucks will be there, including Nice Farms Creamery, Eastern Shore Kettle Korn, Snowie snow cones, Phat Boyz, Flannery’s, Sandy’s Dog Gone Good Eats, Moore Pizza and Wings and That Kitchen.

About 2,000 people are expected to attend, but another 3,000 will be able to see the illuminations, Nelson said.

“They are up so high. We’ve heard from people who say they can see them where they are, on College Avenue, Snow Hill Road, near the old Skateland,” he said.

Started in 2011, when Mike Dunn, the now-Greater Salisbury Committee President and CEO, wanted to bring fireworks back to town after they stopped in 2005, Red, White and BOOM has been supported by the community, with funding from local businesses and the city of Salisbury.

Fantastic Fireworks, a company based in Pennsylvania, was hired to present the show this year at a cost of more than $20,000, Nelson said.

“People seem to have a good time. Coast Country Radio will be playing music, so come hungry and bring a blanket, bring a chair. Enjoy the show and fellowship,” Nelson said.

“It has grown every year. We at Red, White and BOOM look forward to having the community come out and bring their families, eat dinner with local food truck vendors and enjoy the sounds and feelings of the Fourth of July,” Nelson said.