Personnel placed a quarter million dollars worth of fireworks Thursday along a mile stretch of the Potomac River behind the Lincoln Memorial. The 15-minute display will be the largest and most expensive in Washington D.C.’s history.
Phantom Fireworks and Grucci Fireworks donated what they say is about a $1.3 million dollar show to the federal government, after they learned in March that President Trump wanted to have a big 4th of July event. Their show will happen before the usual display put on by the National Park Service, which has a comparatively small budget of $75,000. (RELATED: Celebrate America’s Birthday With These Badass Military Photos)
“There will be an unbelievable amount of fireworks going off every minute,” Phantom CEO Bruce Zoldan told the Daily Caller. The largest shell will be 8 inches in diameter. “There will be waves of fireworks, a fan effect where they’re waving in the air — high level fireworks, low level fireworks, mid-level fireworks. It’ll be every type imaginable. You’ll be able to move your head from right to left and see fireworks.”
Zoldan said the display would include new and innovative types of fireworks, some surprises, and “something special” with a large pyrotechnic flag. The show will also be choreographed to music. “This show will be one of the most artistic, the most intense that anyone has ever seen in the United States,” he said.
The show is scheduled to begin at 9:07 p.m. on Thursday, following a one-hour “Salute to America” event at the Lincoln Memorial, which will include an address from President Trump and a military flyover. The 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. event will also include the Army Band and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team. The usual NPS fireworks display is set to begin at 9:22 p.m.
Zoldan said their decision to donate the show was about celebrating America’s birthday in a big way. “John Adams said we signed the Declaration of Independence, and we’re going to celebrate this day forevermore from one side of the country to the other, with pomp, parades and illuminations,” he said. “Fireworks are the illuminations.”