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Geist Fireworks display

Preparing for the Geist Fourth of July Fireworks Show

For most people, the Fourth of July is a day to relax and spend time with family and friends.

For longtime Fishers resident Marty Miller, it’s go-time. As Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions’ Midwest Regional Vice President, Miller’s team is at the helm of the Geist Fireworks display.

“Many people know I am one of the faces behind the scenes for not only the Geist Lake display, but also the Spark! Fishers display and two other fireworks displays at Holland Park and Cyntheanne Park on July 4th,” he says. “There is a lot of extra pride and care taken with all of these displays to make sure they are the absolute best they can be. There are lots of eyes watching and everything must go as planned to make sure Fishers and Geist residents are left in awe.”

Miller has handled the fireworks display over Geist for the last 20 years. His involvement in the community goes well beyond one day a year. He has served as Athletic Director at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist and coached all four of his kids in what he says are just about every sport the city offers, adding up to about 40 seasons total.

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Miller began learning the ins and outs of fireworks displays when his family became involved in the industry when he was a child. “Growing up with the excitement of either helping or putting on displays for the last 46 years has never gone away,” he says. “A lot of people get scared or nervous in those situations because there is a ton of pressure on you. When shows are choreographed, that brings an extra level of nerves.”

Miller says he channels that pressure into laser focus to deliver a world-class experience. “There is nothing more exciting than hearing kudos from your friends and neighbors when your show goes exactly as planned,” he says. “That is everything when you are a pyrotechnician.”

Over the last few years, Mad Bomber Fireworks has expanded to include mixing drones with fireworks for weddings, high school homecomings, corporate events, and more around the Midwest.

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