Help Taylor County Fireworks light up the sky this 4th of July

TAYLOR COUNTY—After shooting off another wonderful display of colors high above the city, Taylor County Fireworks has shifted attention to the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

And with hopes of providing another spectacular display of fireworks for residents and guests to enjoy, owners Mike and Melissa Garvin have been hard at work seeking financial support from local governmental offices, and now, they are reaching out to the public for assistance.

The Garvins, have been upholding their family’s over twenty-year tradition of lighting up the sky for the residents and guests of Grafton and Taylor County, something that they shared they are both happy and proud to do.

Within the last couple of years, the costs associated with their shows have only increased. The cost of the show covers the fireworks, the insurance and the delivery fee. And because of the current pandemic, that cost increased once more.

“Due to increased shipping costs, this year’s display will be about $6,000,” shared Melissa Garvin, who has reached out to local entities to help cover that cost. “The Taylor County Commission, City of Grafton and Leer Mine have all agreed to support a portion of the cost, but that still leaves us in need.”

Because of their contributions, the Garvin’s have come closer to their goal, but are still currently approximately $1,200 short of their total. That’s where the generosity and giving spirit of the community comes in to play.

Taylor County Fireworks is calling on community members to show their appreciation for the hard work and diligent efforts to continue to light up the night sky with bright displays of fireworks for all to enjoy by making a monetary donation, if they are able to.

“Any donation, no matter the amount, will help us get to our goal,” Garvin expressed. “We appreciate the support this community has shown us in the past, and we are hoping you will help us out again.”

Donations can be made in person at Espresso Yourself Coffee House, Tygart Valley Grocery and Bulk Foods, Darlington Chiropractic and Jerry’s Restaurant. 

For those who would like to mail in their donation, checks and money orders may be sent to Taylor County Fireworks 473 Nicholas Farm Road, Grafton, WV 26354. Checks will need to be made payable to Taylor County Fireworks.

And to make things even easier for those who are tech savvy, Taylor County Fireworks will also be accepting donations via PayPal through Melissa Garvin @mrsg12.

Starting back in the 1990s by Dr. William Nicholas, the shows put on by Taylor County’s premier Fireworks Display company, has only grown bigger and better over the passing years. After Dr. Nicholas’s passing, his stepson, Mike Garvin and his wife, Melissa, took up the family business.

There was a short break while they got things settled and got relicensed by the federal government, but then, they were right back at it.

Every year, the Garvin’s donate their time to supply the show, sharing that they are happy to keep this tradition alive both in the memory of Dr. William Nicholas and because of their love for Taylor County.

This year marks the Garvin’s sixth year at the helm, which could not have been as successful without the generosity of the community. And together, they are hoping to be able to light up the night sky this Independence Day with a show slated for Saturday, July 3, beginning at 10:00 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, fireworks will be launched on Sunday, July 4, once again beginning at 10:00 p.m. Individuals may find updates on Taylor County Firework’s Facebook page,

With a hopeful outlook that the community will come through, Garvin imparted, “We sure hope you enjoyed the Memorial Day display, and that you enjoy the Independence Day show, too.”



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