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Multi-sensory show blows all other fireworks displays out of the water

After rain caused Saturday night’s fireworks display to be canceled, Scouts and Scouters had been intentionally kept in the dark about when — or whether — the show would be rescheduled.

And then: boom! Zambelli Fireworks and jamboree leaders lit up the sky Sunday night, surprising Scouts, Scouters and Venturers who enjoyed the visual and auditory show right from the comfort of their campsite homes.

It happened with a 25-minute display that may have changed the fireworks game forever. Let me explain.

Yes, the visuals were sensational. I’m talking fireworks bigger than any you’ve seen before and lights of all colors that danced across the sky in fascinating, unique ways that seemed to defy gravity at times.

In other words, this was no community Fourth of July show.

But equally outstanding was the soundtrack, which jamboree troops and crews could hear through the public-address speakers scattered throughout the Summit.

With apologies to Lee Greenwood, a fireworks display designed for teenagers probably shouldn’t contain the 29-year-old song “God Bless the USA.” No, last night’s show had recent chart-toppers from bands today’s teens actually like, including Imagine Dragons, Awolnation, Psy, Ellie Goulding and Swedish House Mafia.

But don’t fret, patriotic Scouters. The show ended in grand fashion with an appropriately over-the-top rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by Sandi Patty. It was the perfect way to slow things down and let Scouts reflect on their jamboree experience so far.

When the show ended, Scouts’ cheers echoed throughout camp. Even though I was standing hundreds of yards from the nearest camp during the fireworks, I could hear Scouts still cheering wildly for two or three minutes after the last boom. What a moment.

Related story from Popular Mechanics: How Fireworks work


Photo courtesy CJ Nusbaum

12 Comments on Multi-sensory show blows all other fireworks displays out of the water

  1. WOW

  2. I’m really glad they got the show in. My family in Camps A, C, and F all reported spectacular views!

  3. My son texted to say it was the best fireworks ever – and that it put all the Disney fireworks shows to shame. Well done BSA!

  4. Video?

    • I didn’t get one. Anyone have a link out there?

      • Patrol Z has Instagram videos! http://instagram.com/patrolz

  5. We caught the visual display from Rte. 19 – just happened to be driving home from dinner after the Jambo at the right time. It would have made a spectacular ending to the Arena Show – it’s unfortunate the weather didn’t cooperate on Saturday. Glad we were driving by at the right time last night – and that our Scouts at Jambo were able to see (and hear) the spectacular display.

  6. Will video of the display be available on the JamboLive.org website?

    • I don’t believe so, but I’m working on locating video through Zambelli’s team.

  7. venturer mother // July 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm // Reply

    Unfortunately not all in the FoxTrot campsites had good views of the fireworks. Intact the ones in the campsite where my daughter was reported they couldn’t see anything. I feel that was very sad for them. I remember the fireworks from the last jambo And they were spectacular.

  8. Jennifer Abbey // July 26, 2013 at 7:13 am // Reply

    My husband and both my boys were talking about the fireworks show at dinner last night, and they said it seemed to go on forever. The clause about “not your neighborhood fireworks show” was right on the money. It was longer, and by far better.Zambelli is also the company that does the fireworks show on Fort Benning every year, and as a family we have always preferred their shows to all the local ones. Great Job BSA.

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