Bellport fireworks company to put on President Trump's Fourth of July show

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A Long Island family is set to put on the nation's biggest Fourth of July fireworks show in Washington, D.C. this year.

Family-owned Fireworks by Grucci, of Bellport, has been putting on displays since 1850.

"It's just a very great honor for us to be part of that, you know, a little company from Long Island," says CEO Phil Grucci.

Grucci is in D.C., getting ready for President Trump's Salute to America, an event that the president says will include more than just fireworks.

"We're going to have planes going overhead, the best fighter jets in the world and other planes too, and we're going to have some tanks stationed outside," Trump said.

Guide: Fireworks on Long Island 2019 

But having tanks on the streets of the nation's capital isn't something everyone wants to see.

"I think it's wonderful to celebrate the Fourth of July," says Woodbury resident Ned Newhouse. "However, bringing tanks in Washington, D.C. is politicizing the event."

The event is so polarizing that Phantom Fireworks, the company working with the Gruccis on the show, received two bomb threats at their Ohio headquarters.

The president used Twitter to thank Phantom and the Grucci Family for putting on the show for free.

"That was the pure motivation for us to be here," says Grucci. "It's unfortunate that some of it's being politicized. It's the day before our Independence Day and we're going to have a fantastic performance.

The cost of the event has not been released.

According to the Washington Post, the National Parks Service will move almost $2.5 million from fees paid by park visitors for the president's event.

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