NEW YORK (AP) — What's new this Fourth of July?
A happy face with a wink, exploding over New York as part of the nation's biggest fireworks display.
That's one of the spectacles being prepared to light up the sky on Thursday. Forty thousand shells are being loaded onto four barges in the city's Staten Island borough.
The exact location is kept secret for security reasons.
The barges will sit on the Hudson River for the show to be seen by tens of millions of people on television and in person. Grammy-award winning musician Usher is organizing the soundtrack.
Show co-designer Gary Souza says organizers have scoured the world to find the most original new fireworks — from China to Portugal.
This year's theme is called "It Begins With A Spark."