We are grateful to Phil Grucci for sharing this video with us! We recently had the pleasure of working together for a Chinese client's event on Ellis and Liberty Islands in New York. The gala dinner rewarded 1,600 guests for their hard work - and culminated in a customized, state of the art fireworks display. We knew we had to impress our guests - so we hired the pyro-technician who designed and engineered the Opening Ceremony fireworks for the Beijing Olympic Games, just one of the many achievements on a long list of global distinctions for Phil Grucci!
"We created a rainbow. It is symbolic of the spirit of worldliness. We also created a display that formed the company name."
Fireworks by Grucci has been a family-owned business for six generations. Angelo Lanzetta, the great-great-great grandfather to Phil Grucci, started the company in Southern Italy. In 1870 he brought the family and his business to Long Island, NY, via Ellis Island, our location this past April.
Phil Grucci: "We have persevered through good and bad times. It takes creativity, an understanding of business politics and plain business acumen to survive. There are lots of authorities to deal with for every single show! The performance is our lucky moment, the reward for lots of hard work. We love to see audience reaction. On that night in April the guests came outside despite the cold and rain to watch the fireworks and they cheered a lot! We were very honored by their enthusiastic reaction!"
This week is the hardest work week of the year!
"This coming weekend we have 75 programs over Friday and Saturday, coast to coast, ranging from 3 shows on Oahu to shows in Key Biscayne and the State of Maine. Our highest show takes place in Las Vegas on top of the Stratosphere Tower. Here in New York we have the honor of producing the official fireworks, right behind the Statue of Liberty! Our whole family is working. We will hold our BBQ in August."
So what is the secret for such success. Phil laughs: "Well, some developments are top secret but let's say that we know that our customers are always looking for more. Safety and Innovation are our two main priorities. We can innovate because we produce our own fireworks here in the States. That gives us the edge in creative ability. We keep investing time and money to create new displays and to improve. We have advanced from basic color displays to a more nuanced color palette, reaching a total of 7 colors. We focus on the environment! We keep working to lower the smoke factor and to make all fireworks with combustible debris. Eventually, we hope, nothing will be falling back to the ground."