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Riverfront Park fireworks display months in the making

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

From the first firework, to the grand finale, millions of Americans will keep their eyes on the sky for the Fourth of July tradition.

But at Riverfront Park in Spokane, the preparation to blast off roughly 1,000 fireworks starts months in advance.

"There's an idea that goes into what you want to see up there, somebody is taking the time to choreograph that,” said Pyrotechnician Supervisor, Matt King. “They're also looking at the space constraints and the time constraints, and trying to coordinate with the songs."

King says planning for Monday’s show started last August, and the crew has been setting up fireworks for the past three days.

“There is a lot of adrenaline,” said King. “If you like blowing stuff up, hand lighting on a firework show on the Fourth of July is pretty much Christmas.”

While many of the fireworks are still hand lit, Head Pyrotechnician, Dale Cyr, says much of the show is computer driven.

The show set-up and tear-down requires a 12-person team, and that doesn’t include firefighters and security crewmembers.

The show starts at 10 p.m. and will last about 15-20 minutes.

King says the best place to watch at the park is at the Lilac Bowl. If you plan to avoid the crowd and have access to a rooftop in Downtown Spokane, King says that’s your best bet for a beautiful view. 

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