Fireworks light up the sky over Fort Gordon

News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fort Gordon, Ga. (WRDW) -- All-American food, for an all-American guy like Adam Kelly.

"It's a feeling I can't explain," said Kelley.

Celebrating the Fourth of July with his family, in a different fashion than what he's used to.

"Didn't get a chance to spend it with them a couple of years ago and last year was pretty tough," he said.

The soldier was more than 2,000 miles away for more than two years. Missing out on birthdays, his kids milestones...and of course, days like today.

"I get the butterflies thinking aw I get to spend time with my family, there's a lot of people that don't," said Kelley.

And when the fireworks go boom, he like everyone else will feel right at home.

"We have a crowd of upwards of 25,000 people," said Heather Addis with US Army's, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program.

Each person getting a front row seat to what's taken more than three months to prepare, all for about 20 minutes of fire that lights up the sky.

"This is not your average display," said Bill Alexander with Pyrotecnio Fireworks. "We have over 500 shells just in the grand finale."

A little behind the scenes action to just how complex things get, when Alexander prepares to impress thousands.

With about five going off every second, things get complicated. But it's not about what goes up in the sky for Alexander.

"I get to hear the crowd, the applause, to know that I made all those people happy, that's the joy of it for me," he said.

Kelley will be one them. Although he still shakes at every boom.

"Some anxiety but I like to move past that, got my family there to support me," he said.

All he needs, to know he's back home with the one's he loves.

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