Orange Township's first Fourth of July fireworks show is set to become an annual tradition after getting off to a successful start earlier this month.

Orange Township's first Fourth of July fireworks show is set to become an annual tradition after getting off to a successful start earlier this month.

Organizers said the July 4 fireworks display at Alum Creek State Park, dubbed the Orange Boom over Alum, drew more than 15,000 spectators.

An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 residents crowded the Alum Creek beach, and an additional 3,000 to 4,000 camped out at the Alum Creek dam for the celebration.

More than 30 boats lit up in patriotic colors were on the water during the show.

"What really separates this show from others is the water," said event organizer Ryan Rivers. "Having all the boats out there just makes for a really nice, fun atmosphere."

The township's first-ever fireworks display followed its seventh annual Fourth of July parade, which returned to its original path this year after construction forced organizers to pick an alternate route in 2011.

A concert featuring patriotic and family-friendly music kicked off the festivities at Alum Creek; the fireworks started at 9:45 p.m.

The show was added to the holiday lineup because of public demand, Rivers said. In previous years, township residents have had to travel to neighboring communities to see fireworks.

The good turnout and positive reception assures the Orange Township event will return in years to come, he said.

"We absolutely plan for it to be a new annual tradition and build off of our success this year," he said.

The event's co-organizers were the Lewis Center/Polaris Rotary Club and the Orange Township Business Association.