There are the ones with rings and the ones that look like geysers. Beyond that, a lot of us have trouble describing what a firework explosion looks like, much less knowing the differences between them.
The Fire in the Sky show tonight at Memorial Stadium in Columbia will make use of 568 different types of fireworks. The seven types of fireworks shown here were chosen because of their aesthetic uniqueness and because of their prevalence in the show.
Also on display tonight will be a few newer effects, including fireworks that create the image of Mickey Mouse, a butterfly, a smiley face and red hearts. “I see new types of shells every time I set up,” said lead pyrotechnician Richard Ash. The finale will feature a three-stage multiple salute with thousands of coconut tree firework effects.
FIRE IN THE SKY DETAILS
WHERE: Memorial Stadium, in the west bleacher section and the northern grassy hill. Park in any lot surrounding the stadium except the west side of Memorial Stadium, the south side of Mizzou Arena, a small portion of the east lot of Hearnes, the first two levels of Maryland Avenue garage and the new Reactor Field lot.
Gates open: 6:30 p.m.
Chump Change performs: 7 p.m.
The Bel Airs perform: 8 p.m.
Missouri Symphony will begin their pops concert: 9 p.m.
Fireworks will start around 9:40 p.m.
OTHER INFO: The event is free, and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.fireinthesky.tv or listen to radio station 1610 AM.
OTHER SURROUNDING AREA EVENTS
BOONVILLE COMMUNITY/FAMILY FUN CELEBRATION
Enjoy musical entertainment from Del Alma, a Latin band, food and beverage, children’s activities, which include a bounce house and fireworks at dusk.
When:Monday, July 4th
Where: Kemper Park, Boonville.
Info: Free; call 660-882-7977.
FULTON COUNTRY CLUB
Fulton Country Club will have a fireworks show. Members can view the fireworks from the club and the public will be able to view them from Veterans Park.
When: Firework show will begin at dusk Monday, July 4th.
Where: Fulton Country Club, 701 E. Tenth St.; Veterans Park, corner of State, Tenth, Wood and Eighth streets.
Info: Free; 573-642-3005.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Fayette will have an Independence Day celebration that will include games at the pool, three-on-three basketball tournament and fireworks at dusk.
When: Games begin 11 a.m. Monday, July 4th.
Where: Fayette City Park.
Info: Free; 660-248-5246.
RINGING OF THE BELLS
The GFWC Sorosis Club of Centralia will host the 43rd annual “Ringing of the Bells” ceremony. Janis Anderton, GFWC 4th district president, will give a speech entitled, “Let Freedom Ring.” Those in attendance should bring chairs or blankets and hand bells for the ceremony. The Centralia Boy Scout troop will also be collecting tattered, torn and faded U.S. Flags at the ceremony.
When: 10 a.m. Monday, July 4th.
Where: Centralia Square Park in Centralia.
Info: Free; call 682-3980.