Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors has become the sound of summer. This 10-minute fireworks show caps off every night with pizazz during Dollywood’s Summer Celebration. I had the opportunity to watch a couple of the pyrotechnics set up one afternoon and learned how it all comes together. I wanted to share with you to encourage you to bring your family and stay for the fireworks—it’s a show worth seeing!
-The crew meets at their storage facility at noon every day. Then, they drive the fireworks to Dollywood. Nothing is stored at our park. Once they get it all unloaded, it takes about five hours of prep work to get everything ready for the 9:30 p.m. start time.
-Our show includes 310 shells that range in size from 3 inches to 6 inches. To give you perspective, the biggest shell you can buy in a local fireworks store is probably no larger than 1.5 inches. For every inch, the firework will travel 100 feet into the air. The six-inch shells explode 600 feet in the sky.
-We have six “sandboxes” full of shells. They run off a digital firing system—there’s one button that starts the show, but if needed, they also can be fired manually. The crew fires from a bunker where they can watch through a window.
-This is the fifth year we’ve hosted the nightly summer show, but this is the first year the fireworks have been staged inside the upper train loop. If you ride the Dollywood Express, you can have your own sneak peek behind the scenes of the show!
*For the best fireworks viewing locations, plan to be near the Plaza at Wilderness Pass, or in the area between Drop Line and FireChaser Express by 9:30 p.m. If you’re too far away to get there in time, you can also see the show in the Adventures in Imagination area, in front of Chasing Rainbows Museum. Of course, there is a great soundtrack that accompanies the fireworks and you can hear it throughout the park.
Be sure to watch our behind-the-scenes video below to get a better idea of the scope of this show.