The Fourth of July is days away, and there's a specific moment Janelle Abram is looking forward to.

When she takes her son to see fireworks light the night sky above Santander Stadium, she watches his eyes instead of the display over the outfield.

"You can see that excitement and surprised look and just know that's one of the things you'll remember for the rest of your life," said Abram, a proud West York mom to 4-year-old Jace.

A lot of planning goes into the 22-minute fireworks display thousands will watch Friday night in York City.

"We take the vision the client has, consider the venue and figure out what type of products we can use," said Derek Weber, show producer at Pyrotecnico, a New Castle, Pa.-based fireworks company that stages all the fireworks for York Revolution games and displays in other cities, such as Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Something for everyone: Some people like the fireworks that look like willow trees; others like high bursts with a lot of color.

"Everybody has their own taste. Our goal is to hear the ooohs and ahhs throughout the show. We use a good mix and variety of products to achieve that because we're trying to hit something everyone will like," Weber said.

The Fourth of July fireworks will vary by height, color, tiered effects and the number bursting at the same time.

Pyrotecnico's eight-member crew sets off thousands of fireworks — which is about four times as many as people see after a Revs game.

Music, too: Cate Howard loves fireworks, but the West Manchester Township resident is also looking forward to the country music concert by Katie Armiger.

"Being able to hear outdoor music is one of the best parts of summer. Getting to hear it before fireworks is even better," she said.

To get ready for the concert, Illusion Sound & Lighting on Monday started cleaning the decks on which Armiger will perform.

The Ephrata-based company provides all production equipment for events in Santander Stadium.

"It's an easy setup because it's a square stage with stairs on either side," said Doug Sumpman, sales manager for Illusion Sound & Lighting.


A six-member crew will set up everything in the stadium on Thursday and tear it down Friday night after the fireworks are over.

"It turns into an 18-hour day real quick," Sumpman said.

The concessions: The concessions will also be set up later in the week.

"For us it's a matter of storage space," said Brett Herman, general manager of food services at the stadium.

He has to manage supply for the games leading up to the Fourth of July, and then plan for a much larger crowd on Friday.

On a normal game day, the stadium sees 4,000 to 5,000 visitors.

"We're expecting to double or triple that on the Fourth of July," Herman said.

All concession stands will be open inside the stadium, and food will also be sold on the Brooks Robinson Plaza.

Herman looked at last year's attendance of more than 10,000 people and added a 10 to 15 percent increase to cover this year's concessions.

"Once you figure out how much you need, you then build a plan to put enough food into the stadium without overflowing the warehouse," he said.

Delivery trucks will be arriving at the stadium Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday "to increase inventory substantially," and the team has hired an additional 20 people as support staff for concessions, Herman said.

"We did a robust business last year, and we'll be ready for this year too," he said.

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