July 4, 2014
Patriotism in the Park is just about to get underway at McIntire Park, and the organizers of this year’s fireworks show have a strong connection to the City of Charlottesville.
"This is the Super Bowl for me. I've been wanting to do this show since I got my license," says Zambelli Firework’s Lead Technician Mike Farish.
Farish has been in the pyrotechnics business for over 6 years, but he says this year's 4th of July fireworks show is the closest to his heart.
"I grew up watching this show...has a special meaning to me and my crew."
Farish says for a typical fireworks show he would use about three crew members, but tonight's show is so special that he decided to bring in some more help.
"Since this show holds such a special meaning to everyone here, we pulled from some of my friends. We're all family. I've known everyone here for at least 2-3 years."
He says his team will use 480 shells to fire off a 20 minute show and it promises to be spectacular.
"You'll see several glittering shells, some red to blue peonies, a lot of flower shapes. One of my favorite shells is going to be a 6-inch special shell in the show. It’s going to be a purple falling leaf, so in other words it’s going to go up 600 feet and when it pops. It’s going to look like falling rain."
For Farish, it's the love of making thousands of people smile as they look into the sky. For a city so close to his heart, and tonight he plans on leaving it all on the table.
"This is 150%. Everything I got I'm leaving it all out here."