CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Cape Coral's Red, White and Boom is widely considered to be one of the biggest and best July 4th celebrations in the area!
All day people were busy setting up for the big event at the foot of the Cape Coral bridge. WINK-TV got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on the show.
No one cares more about the fireworks than Scott Nichols. "I'm a teacher most of the year, and then this time of the year I'm out shooting fireworks," he said.
He's the man in charge of putting the "boom" In Cape Coral's Red White and Boom. "Everything is electronically fired. We have a computer system that everything is connected to so every single shell that goes up in the air theres a cue for it," he said.
As he prepares for the big night, so do dozens of vendors ready to serve up a 4th of July feast.
Cape Coral's new Ford's Garage is also celebrating its official grand opening with about 70 employees. "A lot of new employees. We have a full staff. It's all hands on deck today," said Mike McGuigan, one of the owners.
They're not just providing food and drink, but also seating. One-thousand chairs are set up, ready with a great view of the fireworks.
Security is a top priority. To ensure everyone's safety, there are some rules: no coolers, no pets, no outside fireworks and no outside alcohol.
Fire Marshal Alan Carter shows WINK-TV the 25 page document detailing every plan of action in case of an emergency. "Anything can happen for medical for police and for fire, any type of sitaution with the fireworks. These are exposives. And so we're prepared all the way through each incident," said Carter.
Fireworks are expected to go off at 9:30pm. The Cape Coral Bridge is expected to open after everything is cleaned up.