Mackenzie park where,workers are adding final touches to the evening concert stage. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.. Headliners include the Texas Playboys, Matt Morris and Brian Lee. The evening will be topped off with a fireworks show as soon as the sun goes down. The fireworks show gets bigger and better every year. On the 3rd we'll take you behind the scenes of the 4th's celebration.
They're colorful, loud and very entertaining and for the past 11 years, Jeremy Ross has been the man behind 4th on Broadway's big finale. "I love it it's great. The feeling when you hit that first shell and everyone starts cheering it's great," says Ross.
He and his workers take two days preparing for a show that lasts just half an hour. But, Jeremy says all that time is well worth it. "You can see the plywood boxes we'll take and set all the tubes in the order they need to be."
Each tube is placed side by side, according to a script. It all goes up choreographed with the orchestra. It's up to Jeremy to know when to set off each tube. "I've got a board with 20 rails in it, each box is a rail and each rail has 15 cues on it. There may be two shells or four shells per cue," says Ross.
You won't find these fireworks at any stand. These are specially made to be extra powerful in order to please a crowd of 80,000. "The three inch shells will go 600 feet and the eight inch shells will 1200 feet," says Ross.
Despite this year's show being bigger and better, Jeremy won't be watching. "I haven't seen a show in 11 years." He'll be too busy making sure everyone else has a good time. "All this work is worth that first shell go up it's all worth it," says Ross.
Again, you can watch the show from Mackenzie park when the sun goes down. There are free shuttle rides, starting at 4 p.m. and running through the evening. You can park and ride, at 40th and Ave A or the Civic Center.