NORFOLK, Neb. -- Northeast Nebraska's largest fireworks display is celebrating an added dose of recognition.

Big Bang Boom announced Friday that the video trailer for its upcoming feature-length documentary film Behind the Boom is now available to the public. The video can be found on Big Bang Boom’s YouTube and Facebook feeds, or by going its website at

Behind the Boom is a feature-length documentary that walks viewers through the history of Norfolk's 4th of July celebration, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the community’s fireworks

“Boomfest” is an annual 4th of July community celebration that’s been presented in Norfolk since 1976 and is organized by a non-profit group called “Big Bang Boom, Inc”. What was once a $1,500 fireworks show that shipped in the trunk of a car, is now a nearly $50,000 show that is shipped via semi-truck and takes nearly a week to set-up.

Over the years, then celebration has grown into a two-day family festival that includes live music, food vendors, a bar-b-que cook-off and more. Each year, community members volunteer countless hours in helping organize and put on the show. 

Production on the film finished in October of 2021. The documentary is currently being entered into several film festivals in the United States.

Boomfest 2022 is happening at Norfolk’s Skyview Lake and Park this Friday and Saturday, July 1-2. The two-day event will culminate with northeast Nebraska’s largest fireworks display at 10pm on Saturday night, which can also be viewed on News Channel Nebraska.