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Companies Team Up to Donate Gigantic July 4th Fireworks Show

Biggest ever! If you can't be there in person, how you can watch it on TV.

"It'll knock your socks off!"

That's how William Weimer describes the fireworks display that his company, Phantom Fireworks, is teaming up to produce for "The All-Star Salute to America Fourth of July Extravaganza" in Washington D.C. on Thursday .

Phantom, headquartered in Youngstown, OH , is the largest retail fireworks company in the U.S. They're joining with America's "First Family of Fireworks," Fireworks by Grucci from Long Island, to stage what they say will be the nation's largest 4th of July fireworks display -- ever.

"The most spectacular fireworks show you'll ever see." William Weimer

Weimer says his boss, Phantom CEO Bruce Zoldan and the CEO of Grucci, Phil Grucci started talking back in March and came up with the idea of donating a show to the nation.´┐ŻAnd not just any fireworks show. Weimer says most fireworks displays are set up to shoot off from one location. This display will involve as many as 40 flatbeds loaded with explosives, stretched over a mile, starting at the Lincoln Memorial.

The show will launch from multiple locations over a mile-long stretch.

"When you see a multiple launch site like this one stretched along a mile, they don't fire one site, then another, then another," explained Weimer. Instead the various launch sites will fire multiple shells at the same time, choreographed to create a vista of color and dazzle. "Instead of looking up in one area of the sky and seeing aerials go up you'll see criss-crosses, set pieces that could show a flag design," and other elaborate custom fireworks, created by Phil Grucci, who Weimer calls a fireworks "artist."

The companies are covering the cost of the six-figure show.

The show will cost the companies about $770,000 to stage. They're donating it at no cost to the taxpayer, with Grucci creating and shooting the show, and Phantom helping pay for the materials.

Weimer says it might sound hokey, but both companies are honored to be a part of the nation's birthday celebration. "Our business is the Fourth of July and we don't think there's anything greater we could do than participating in this program."

The Phantom/Grucci fireworks show starts at 9:07 p.m. on Thursday, and you'll be able to see it as part of the 39th annual "A Capitol Fourth" show, broadcast on your local PBS station. Click here for more information on the show and how to find your local station.

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