NORFOLK -- A pandemic year ago, summer barely happened. But this year, organizers want it to be the best summer ever.
Don Wisnieski grew up looking forward to July 4th year-round, anticipating his family's annual party which drew crowds for miles. Nostalgia and excitement led him to become president of the Big Bang Boom, working in planning Independence Day festivals for more than 35 years now.
The Big Bang Boom is a spectacular Independence Day show in Norfolk -- with inflatables, vendors, and more. He calls it not only entertaining to watch but "a great reason to get together."
When it was downsized and moved to Northeast Community College last year, Wisnieski decided to make the next one twice as big for the summer of 2021.
"For the first time it's a multi-day event," he said.
Costs of fireworks and equipment to film a documentary are entirely funded by donations. But, parking will be ten dollars, which may add up considering he expects around 20,000-30,000 viewers.
"We just encourage everybody to come out and enjoy a picnic," he said.
Nebraskans can expect even more in five years: in 2026 it will be their 50th anniversary and the USA's 250th celebration.
Big Bang Boom organizers are already planning what it will be like. Until then, mark your calendars for this July 2-3 at Skyview Park.
More information from our previous story on the event, including dates, history and some of the events planned, can be found here.