Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

Breaking News: Suspect In Manhattan Subway Blast Was Wearing ‘Low-Tech’ Device (Posted 12/11/17 at 10:02 a.m.)

3,2,1 Fireworks

Airs Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: DV Productions

Above: "3, 2, 1 Fireworks" takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the dazzling Washington, D.C. July 4th celebration, including scouting trips to China to see the explosives made.

The explosive special "3, 2, 1 Fireworks" takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington, D.C. July 4th celebration, featuring one of the largest and most colorful fireworks displays in the world.

Shot in high-definition, the special captures every step of the renowned fireworks production. It opens in China as the crew observes the making of fireworks and dazzling new pyrotechnic effects. Once the fireworks are shipped to America, an army of technicians undertake the delicate and dangerous tasks of setting up thousands of explosives-filled mortar tubes in preparation for the spectacular display. View a photo gallery and video highlights online.

"3,2,1 Fireworks" is on Facebook.

Video Excerpt: 3,2,1 Fireworks

Opening segment of documentary "3,2,1 Fireworks" coming this July to PBS stations. Check out for more information and to order a DVD or BluRay Disc!

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.