Youngstown official: 4th of July display will be best ever

downtown Youngstown fireworks display


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local company saved the day after Youngstown officials found out earlier this month that its Fourth of July fireworks display might not happen.

Read more: July 4th Fireworks and Events 2015

Downtown Youngstown Event Coordinator Michael McGiffin said the company the city originally had scheduled thought the plans were off because First Night Youngstown used a different vendor on New Year’s Eve.

Most Fourth of July displays are scheduled a year in advance. So with two weeks to go, McGiffin knew he needed help. After some phone calls, Phantom Fireworks stepped up to put on the show.

“I said ‘I need you to kind of save the Fourth of July for Youngstown.’ And Phantom Fireworks and BJ Alan did everything they could to pull through for us,” McGiffin said.

We spoke with Alan Zoldan from Phantom and he said the company is excited to be able to help out and to put on such a big display. He said families can expect one of the biggest and best displays yet.

“Because it is this pairing of a Youngstown fireworks company that is very successful and this sort of rebirth, revitalization effort in downtown Youngstown, we figured let’s really blow this out of proportion and make a pretty spectacular show,” McGiffin said.

Things will get under way from the Covelli Centre at dusk on Friday, July 3. Parking will not be allowed at the Covelli Centre lot, but spectators can park anywhere downtown.

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