Throughout Monday afternoon at Carson Park, friends and family gathered, setting up picnic tables and having barbecues to celebrate the 4th of July.
Organizers say this year's magical display of fireworks will stun the 70,000 who will look up at the sky tonight in the area.
"We added some brand new fireworks that have never been shot before in Eau Claire before so they're bigger, they'll be better, and people should expect a fantastic show this evening," says public relations director for Festival Foods and organizer of the event, Michael Siakpere.
It's a show that will be filled with fireball affects, waterfall fireworks, cannons and of course, the grand finale.
But not wanting us to leak the surprise tonight, Siakpere says we'll just have to wait and see.
Viewers can see the 22-minute display from anywhere in the city as well as Altoona and even as far as Chippewa Falls.
And new this year, a synchronized fireworks show with Marshfield.
Siakpere also says if you have a radio at home, watch the show with the radio on.
"We're watching fireworks that'll actually be synchronized to WAXX 104.5 so the music will match up with fireworks," he says.
One clue to the grand finale: Whitney Houston will end the show with the national anthem.
It's the same national anthem that some say represents why they celebrate the 4th.
"It's a good way to support the troops and let everyone know that we care," says Sabrina Ermatinger who came to watch the display.
Richard Siegert says he served in the army back in the 80s. He says the 4th of July is his favorite holiday.
"Our rights to freedom, freedom of our rights to do what comes natural," Siegert says. "Born and raised here and I'll probably die here."
By 10 p.m. Monday, the skies will be filled with colorful fireworks in honor of those who served our country to give freedom and independence.