Preparations for the Bay City fireworks festival is a year long process.
Each year the board of directors work to answer their million dollar question; how do you top last years show?
"We??re actually going to try to put an American flag in the sky in fireworks," said Bay City Firework Festival President Doug Clark.
Life time resident Greg Buzzard loves his fireworks and supplying his award winning barbeque.
"I??ve lived here my whole life, this is something we did as kids growing up so to come down, help people out, feed them there??s nothing better," said Buzzard.
Last year, pyrotechnics put 50-thousand shells into the sky in 50 minutes.
"We actually lessened it by a couple of minutes this year and put more shells into the show to try to pack it full," said Clark.
The three day celebration is bringing in spectators all day and keeping them busy all night.
"There??s something for people 8 to 80 at the fireworks festival to come out and enjoy themselves," said Clark.
And for the men and women serving overseas unable to celebrate this year??s Independence Day the festival is giving them a salute.
"You know they are over there working their butts off to make sure we can have events like this here in the United States," said Clark.
"Barbeque, fireworks, where can you go wrong," said Buzzard.
The fireworks are expected to be the largest display yet.
Organizers say you won't want to miss the American flag-shaped fireworks they plan to send into the air.