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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Despite all of the changes to this year’s annual Fourth of July festivities — shifting from Brainerd into Baxter territory — the finale will remain fairly similar to past years, ending with a “Bang.”

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“There are a few minor changes with the shoot site overall but really should be a very good viewing for Brainerd,” said pyrotechnic operator for Zambelli Fireworks, Dean Kuhn. “Typically with the bowl shape (at Don Adamson Field) we allow people to come down to the flat part and have some lower level effects that only they could see, but this year everything will be up in the air because not many people will have a direct line of the site.”

Kuhn said the fireworks will be launched on Cypress Drive, north of Excelsior Road by SuperOne Foods and will be heavily blocked off with the exception of the intersection remaining open.

Another added amenity to this year’s show will be Wayne Renn Band’s live performance throughout the fireworks instead of music chosen by Zambelli’s.

“This year Wayne Renn (Band) put together the entire entertainment for the evening with a soundtrack for the fireworks that their band will play live,” said Kuhn. “So we won’t have the usual patriotic ending, but instead all Wayne.”

Kuhn said before the recent bout of rain, dryness was going to be a safety concern but recent checks — that will continue up until launch — were good. Also anticipated to check out good will be the viewing points.

“I would say anywhere along 371 will be a good viewing spot, and really anywhere from Mills GM up to Mills Ford along there will be a great view,” said Kuhn. “Over at the Westgate Mall will be another great site and even at SuperOne there will be a pretty good side view.”

“It’s just a little bit different, but still should be a great show,” he said. “We’ve got some new fireworks we’re going to try out and viewing wise, everyone should be able to see things great.”

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or jessi.pierce@brainerddispatch.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jessi_pierce (@jessi_pierce).

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