Although a fireworks show only lasts about 20 minutes, the prep work that goes into it can last up to 12 hours. We got an inside look at everything that happens behind the scenes to create a show.
Last year, , which is based in Kingsbury, Ind., but has been owned and run by four generations of Frankfort's Cartolano family, put on the New Lenox fireworks show. Ryan Miarecki, Robert Perritano and Jacob Ziada of Melrose Pyrotechnics showed up to the at about 8:30 a.m. and showed Patch the step-by-step process of rigging a show.
Melrose Pyrotechnics will be doing New Lenox's fireworks again this year, as well as Frankfort's.
Check with Patch in the coming days for a regional fireworks schedule and an interview with Melrose event producer Wynn Cramer about the secrets behind a good fireworks show.
Frankfort Fourth of July Fireworks and Activities
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
What to expect: Sponsored by the , the village's Fourth of July celebration will have a variety of activities before the actual fireworks, which are set to go off at dusk.
—Frankfort Patch editor Joe Vinceh contributed to this report.
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