“We’re honored and delighted to once again work with the City of Jersey City to provide a fireworks extravaganza that will be a shared experience for a very wide audience,” said CEO and Creative Director Phil Grucci. “As the designer and choreographer of this event, the City of Jersey City will provide an unparalleled stage to celebrate America’s Independence.”

About Grucci

Holders of the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Fireworks Display” ever recorded, Fireworks by Grucci is a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated company. Known as “America’s First Family of Fireworks,” the Gruccis have transformed the night skies to the delight of millions across the globe since 1850. They are world-renowned for pyrotechnic artistry, scientific innovation and old-fashioned values. Their signature performances include the official celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the National Anthem “Star Spangled Spectacular” in Baltimore; countless performances in and around Las Vegas; seven consecutive U.S. Presidential Inaugurations; the Olympic Games in Beijing, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Lake Placid; commemorations such as the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty; and star-studded extravaganzas including the grand opening of the Atlantis Dubai and the Palm Jumeirah Island in the United Arab Emirates. On New Year’s Eve 2013, a stunning performance displaying 479,651 fireworks made its debut above Dubai’s iconic skyline. The Gruccis achieved their “Largest Fireworks Display” title with this performance and smashed the Guinness Book of World Record’s preceding mark. Phil Grucci currently serves as President/CEO of Fireworks by Grucci, Inc. and Pyrotechnique by Grucci, Inc., the manufacturing entity of the Grucci group of companies.

Family History

Southern Italy is the Grucci ancestral home. Angelo Lanzetta, founder and great-grandfather to Felix Grucci, Sr., start it all in 1850.  In 1870, he brought the family’s pyrotechnic artistry to Elmont, NY, entering America as an immigrant through Ellis Island.

Felix Grucci, Sr. and Concetta Grucci at the first factory

After Angelo’s death in 1899, his son, Anthony carried on the family business and in 1923 brought his nephew, Felix Grucci, Sr., to serve as an apprentice. Competition was strong, but the firework market weak. Early in the Depression, they moved their business to Miami, FL, in hopes of greener pastures. But, homesick, and at the urging of the family, they returned to Bellport, NY, in 1929 to continue their business.

The Grucci family at the first factory

The Depression years were tough on the fledgling entrepreneurs. Felix, to make ends meet, worked many nights as a drummer with a local band. There he met Concetta DiDio and they were married February 4, 1940. They raised three children: James, Donna and Felix Jr, who continued the family business.
Over the next three decades, Felix Grucci, Sr. gained a reputation as a master of his art. He developed the stringless shell, a major landmark innovation that improved fireworks safety by eliminating burning fallout, the firework industry’s greatest safety problem. Developed for the Defense Department, an atomic device simulator for troop training. Demand for firework displays, other than traditional 4th of July displays declined during the 1960’s further culling the firework industry. Only the best prevailed. Their genuine friendly mannerisms and professional approach won them many loyal clients, so they prospered.
Felix Sr. continued to build his business with the help of his wife, Concetta, and three children, into a regional clientele including New Jersey and Connecticut during the late 1960’s. The nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976 was a banner year for the fireworks industry. The Grucci’s received rave reviews for their first major performance out of the New York tri-state area, for the nation’s 1976 bicentennial celebration with fireworks on the Charles River for Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops Orchestra.However, every entertainer has a debut to national stardom, and in 1979, the Gruccis were indelibly etched in fireworks history. The Grucci’s became the first American family to win the Gold Medal for the United States at the annual Monte Carlo International Fireworks Competition beating other competitors from Denmark, France, Italy and Spain.  This is revered by those in the fireworks entertainment community as the most prestigious competition in the world.  The Grucci’s consider this one of their greatest accomplishments, and the New York press dubbed them as “America’s First Family of Fireworks”.

The Grucci Family

From the Monte Carlo launching pad, the Grucci’s continued their climb over the next three decades to be recognized throughout the world as the “Top Name in Fireworks Entertainment” in the world. They earned this title with fireworks for every presidential inauguration since Ronald Regan in 1981 to the present, every major casino grand opening since the Mirage in 1989 to the Wynn Macau to Sol Kerzner’s Atlantis, Olympic Games, World’s Fairs, and the Centennial celebrations of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

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