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Colonial Williamsburg readies for second year of expanded July 4 fireworks display

Colonial Williamsburg readies for second year of expanded July 4 fireworks display

Bill Schermerhorn was born on Independence Day.

He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1982 and went straight to New York to pursue acting. Instead of Broadway, he ended up with Macy’s.

For 34 years, he worked on their large-scale events, including the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and of course, the July 4 Fireworks Spectacular.

Two years ago, he returned to Williamsburg as the creative director for signature events at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Since returning, Schermerhorn has brought new life to the Independence Day celebrations he was born for.

Beth Kelly, Colonial Williamsburg’s co-executive director of...

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