BOSTON (CBS) — Seats on the Esplanade will be in high-demand on the Fourth of July.
But before the show, crews a thousand feet from shore are getting everything ready.
“It will be a fantastic show,” Matt Shea said.
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Shea, a fireworks expert, is a rookie to the Boston Pops.
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“It’s a great childhood dream to be here,” Shea said. “Boston is great. I wouldn’t want to be any place else.”
The New England native says there will be 16,000 effects in the 20-minute display.
Some comets will soar a thousand feet up into the sky.
It’s going to be a huge celebration as always but the design team did have the victims of the Marathon bombing in mind.
“It is a very different soundtrack, it’s very soulful, very meaningful. The fireworks go with that very well,” he says.
The fireworks are timed perfectly to match the music with a computer.
Shea will be on the barge during the show, making sure things go as planned.
There are a few changes to this year’s celebration.
Fireworks will be launched from three barges instead of one and there will also be fireworks on the Mass. Ave. Bridge.
Wide-reaching security procedures were unveiled last week in response to the April bombing.
Already, State Police have stepped up directed patrols along the Esplanade.
On Monday, crews were seen welding sewer grates shut as a precaution.