COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is hosting the annual I Love America celebration this Independence Day, in conjunction with the College Station Noon Lions Club and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the highlight every year is the huge fireworks display after dark.
Tim Valdez with SkyWonder Pyrotechnics heads up the fireworks project every year, and he joined First News at Four for an inside look at the set-up of the approximately $23,000 fireworks display.
"Set-up is long," said Valdez. He and his crew begin the process at 3 p.m. and don't finish until a few minutes before the show at 9:30 p.m.
Valdez says there are "more shells" work of fireworks this year because of the extra funding, and all of them will be "lit" electronically.
"Been doing electronic shows for about 10 or 12 years," said Valdez. "We have an electronic current that sets off a little igniter--there is a small fuse on the shell--but we use electricity to ignite that instead of a flare or match or torch."
The I Love America celebration is happening all day, but the fireworks show caps off the evening at 9:30 p.m. It is free to attend.
See the full conversation with Valdez in the video player above.