The Great American 4th of July Fireworks

"A World Class Event"

Wednesday, July 4, 2001  -  State College, Pa


July 18, 2000
Contact: Dan Barker, Pyrotechnics Management, 814-238-5334


In 1999, the Wall Street Journal recognized The Great American 4th of July Fireworks in State College as one of the ten largest fireworks displays in the United States. For 2000, The Discovery Travel Channel web site,, has recognized The Great American 4th of July Fireworks as one of the best fireworks displays in the world. According to the web site, the show ranks fourth among fireworks shows worldwide. The web site recommends State College, along with ten other Fireworks displays, as vacation destinations for fireworks affectionados around the globe.

Under the guidance of Dan Barker, the Great American 4th of July Fireworks has grown into a world class event. Prior to the fireworks display.  An outdoor stage features continuous entertainment.  Free hot dogs and chips and free children's events culminating in what is recognized as one of the world’s best fireworks displays. For several years it was one of the areas best kept secrets, but as crowds marveled at the unique choreography breathtakingly synchronized to music, as well as the boisterous number of shells in the show, word quickly spread. This year's event drew 175,000 spectators making it one of Central Pennsylvania’s largest annual attractions.

What event's top Discovery’s list? Number three is a nationalistic event in Kota, India. Number two, showing this year only, is the opening display of the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, set for this September. And the number one show in the world, according to, is the Fourth of July Fireworks by Macy's in New York City. Interestingly, the computer driven fireworks system originally developed for the State College show is utilized in three of the top four fireworks displays.

The 2001 show is made possible by many sponsors dedicated to carrying on the tradition.  They are Pepsi Cola, Restek,, the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, the Pennsylvania State University, Centre Region Council of Governments, Centre County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Galen Driebelbis, Videon Central, Giant Goods, Rider Auto, the Student Book Store, Downtown State College Partnership, 93.7fm THE BUS and WJAC TV .

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