The organizers of Nashville's annual Fourth of July fireworks display are once again promising to put on one of the biggest shows in the country.
But this year, they're taking pains to make sure that, despite the size, it doesn't overwhelm the music.
The show will feature 62,000 separate fireworks — which is more than ever — and is scheduled to run nearly half an hour. The display will also be coordinated to a performance by the Nashville Symphony.
With hundreds of those mortars as large as soccer balls, that's a challenge to pull off.
"We're choreographed to them," says Lansden Hill, president of Pyro Shows. "If they play fast, we shoot fast. If they play slow, we shoot slow."
The conductor of the symphony is not only "directing all of the musical instruments that are on stage, but he directs us as well," Hill says.
One difference this year is the fireworks finale will come after the symphony has played its last piece, "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa.
Organizers say they've come to realize that viewers often couldn't hear the musical finale over the explosive final barrage.
The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. The pre-show concert starts at 5:45 and will include a recognition of Vanderbilt Baseball Coach Tim Corbin.