SPOKANE, Wash. – Music, food and fireworks are all a part of the Fourth of July tradition at Riverfront Park. The park staff switches gears immediately after Hoopfest to transition for the Independence Day celebration.
It takes a pyrotechnics crew three days to set up the fireworks display. This year they ordered bigger blasts than the park has had in 25 years. Since 1989, the biggest mortars were four-inch shells, but this year they have five and six-inch shells that will be ignited for the end of the finale.
Pyrotechnics leader Matt King said organization is key to a successful show.
“In an intense moment when things are blowing up all around you, you want to see everything around you,” King said.
Food and vendors open at 11 a.m. on Friday. The show’s opening ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m. and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra will start playing at 8 p.m. The Spokane Tribe of Indians Fireworks Display takes to the skies at 10 p.m.
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