How Koons Park’s July 4th fireworks show came to be

By Charles Zinn
Linglestown Gazette intern

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun with fireworks.

Tonight marks the 15th consecutive year Linglestown Fire Company has had a hand in putting on a spectacular fireworks celebration at Koons Park to mark the Fourth of July holiday.

While these fireworks have been a huge tradition for folks who live in Lower Paxton Township, most people don’t know how they began.

Dan Crum, the deputy fire chief, pointed to outstanding support from the Lower Paxton Township community as the volunteer fire company’s motivation for starting to do the show.

“We wanted to host an event to support them,” said Crum.

The fire company staged the first fireworks show at Koons Park in 2003. All the funding for the show was taken care of solely by the fire company during the first few years. Lower Paxton Township began to provide financial assistance around 2008, according to Terri Bauknight, the township’s parks and recreation director.

Nowadays, the cost of the fireworks is split between Linglestown Fire Company and Lower Paxton.

With the history of the Koons Park Fireworks complete, all that is left for you to do is come out to the show that starts at dusk. And be sure to arrive in Linglestown well in advance of the first rocket being fired to get a parking spot close to the park.