Set Up Underway For Independence Eve Fireworks

By Dillon Thomas

DENVER (CBS4) – Dozens of crews worked to transform Civic Center Park into a fireworks and music venue, Sunday.

CBS4 is a proud sponsor of the Independence Eve fireworks celebration, which is scheduled for Monday night.

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A military band will play live, as nearly 4,000 fireworks explode above Civic Center Park. A light show is also part of the display.

600 LED light fixtures on the City and County Building will also change colors, to the beat of the music.

“We are adding the element of light, along with the fireworks,” said Steve Chaplin, Senior Lighting Technician for Blazing Illuminations. “It really adds another whole artistic level to the fireworks, and the music, as well.”

Due to the size of the event, setup closed the park, including several surrounding streets. One of the most strenuous setups came with putting together pyrotechnics.

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“There is about eight hours that went into designing, and choreographing [the fireworks,]” said Mark Freeland, a pyrotechnic for Western Enterprises. “Then, 10-to-12 [hours] went into building the pyrotechnics for the show.”

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Western Enterprises spent all of Sunday installing the fireworks above the City and County Building. The crew said they were not expected to finish setup until Monday evening.

Freeland said that was just part of doing a big show, with new designs.

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“We redesign [the display] every year,” Freeland said. “With a live band, and a light show to go with it, it is kind of cool.”

There will be food and drink vendors at the event. Families are encouraged to bring blankets, to setup picnics.

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The concert begins at 8 p.m. and fireworks show is expected to start around 9 p.m.

LINK: A Guide To Denver’s Independence Eve

Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.

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