SHAMOKIN - "Happy Birthday, America!" someone shouted at the top of his lungs in the Bunker Hill section of the city, while he waited for fireworks display to start Saturday night. All around, booms, pops and flashes of light indicated people setting off their own fireworks.

"I can't wait. It is going to be a successful year" said area resident Joe Lynch as he waited with his wife, Michele and their young son, Andrew, in the Weis Markets parking lot. Lynch watched the kids play hopscotch and light sparklers.

" I am really grateful that they are still having (the fireworks)," he added. "A lot of places aren't (having them) this year."

Nearby, Crystal Blocker, of Mount Carmel, waited for the show with her children and a few friends.

"I haven't been here in a few years so I hope it is good," Blocker said. "All the kids are looking forward to it."

One could guess she and her children did not leave disappointed. The sky above Shamokin was painted red, white, blue, green, purple and gold for more than 30 minutes in a brilliant display that helped area residents celebrate their nation's birthday.

The famous mushroom cloud even made an appearance. Hoots and hollers could be heard throughout the city after each successive explosion.

"I thought it was a very patriotic way to celebrate America's 233rd birthday," Dave Tamkus, of Shamokin. He watched the display from his back yard with his young son, Jack, and his wife Natalie.

As soon as the fireworks ended people applauded before going back to their own backyard fireworks shows.

This year's show was set off by Citizen Fireworks Inc. (CFI) and funded by donations collected throughout the city Saturday afternoon.