Patriotic light show raises money for veterans and delights crowds

By Lauren Keith - bio | email

NEAR SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS) -Thousands of you visited the Clark brothers' home in north Scott county to see the huge, synchronized musical light display, including Rick Hoffman. However, when he saw the bright beaming lights of Christmas, he was already thinking towards the 4th of July.

"As far as I know, no one was doing anything in a patriotic type of theme. We researched the Internet. We met with the Clark brothers, and got some homework done.

It's only fitting the Hoffman family construct their own patriotic lights display outside their fireworks store. Rick and his family built their own props and orchestrated it all to music.

"Everything we had we made from scratch. It takes a long time to program the lights to the computer."

In the daylight, it's a string of lights and cords, but by night, it's a glowing display of tributes to our nation. The Hoffman hope you'll like what you see and possibly donate a few dollars to the local Honor Tour, a fund that raises money to take World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to tour war monuments.

Rick says that's the idea here: to remind anyone watching this display why America even celebrates the 4th of July in the first place.

"Obviously, the freedoms we enjoy and celebrate over the 4th are directly related to the victories and sacrifices made in our past and our present veterans."

If you want to see the display yourself, head south of cape on I-55 and take the Airport exit #91. Hoffman Family Fireworks is right behind the Rhodes Travel Center.

Shows run from 9 to 11 nightly through the 4th of July. The display repeats itself every 15 minutes. Again, it's free, but your 'e encouraged to donate to the local Honor Tour fund for veterans.

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