A Fireworks Show for the Nation

BY Lauren Knapp  July 4, 2011 at 2:05 PM EDT

Fireworks will be illuminating the skies in cities across the country on this July 4 holiday.

Among the classic destinations for Independence Day displays, the fireworks show on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., has long been a go-to for pyrotechnic enthusiasts.

A Tennessee-based company called Pyro Shows is on its ninth year of designing Washington’s fireworks celebration. We talked to Tom Stiner about what goes into pulling a pyrotechnic show of this magnitude.

Set against the backdrop of the Washington monument, the event includes “A Capitol Fourth” concert, which you can watch on many PBS stations starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Televised fireworks may come in handy for some in states like Arizona, where displays have been banned this year because of fears of sparking new wildfires.