Philadelphia gets ready for 4th fireworks

July 3, 2008 10:05:54 AM PDT
Every year, millions of people gather to watch the amazing fireworks that light up the skies in Philadelphia, July 4th weekend. It takes a lot of preparation and the Zambelli family, based in western Pennsylvania, is behind it all.

"Our Fireworks here in Philadelphia has been going for years and years and years. We just love it here. It's like home," said George Zambelli Jr.

At the Philadelphia Navy yard we caught up with 3 generations of the family-run business.

Lou Zambelli is 82 years-old and says he puts his heart and soul into every show. He told us, "If I satisfied 80% of the public, I'm satisfied. I did my job."

This year, their job includes working with two themes. At the art museum Friday night , the theme is the "melting pot U.S.A," inspired by the different flags and nationalities represented on the Ben Franklin parkway.

6abc parade producer Todd Marcocci came up with the music that'll play as each special effect explodes in the air. Marcocci told us, ''The biggest challenge was trying to find music that goes to the fireworks and find the highs and lows and the deep valleys that you want to move the fireworks show into, without leaving anybody out from a nationality standpoint."

The theme for the Saturday show at Penn's Landing will be "the colors of summer." It's the first time in 6 years the July 4th fireworks shows in Philadelphia have had themes.

For Jared Zambelli, who is 20 years-old, the same age as when his great uncle Lou started in the business, the best part is quite simple, he said. "It's just turning around and watching the crowds, as they watch in amazement. That's the coolest part, seeing their reaction? It really is."