For a few hours before the annual fireworks show, spectators took in the sites and enjoyed a little family fun. For some people at the River’s Edge Sports Complex, it's their first Roanoke fireworks show.

“I'm engaged to someone in this family and he's already married in, and we've just heard great things. I come from Charlotte and we heard this is the best fireworks show around,” said Logan Mosteller.

The fireworks crew, Pyrotechnico, has been working since midnight to get everything ready. More than 2200 shells were put in place to illuminate the night sky.

It wasn't just some spectators first time at the show, it also rang true for businesses like Big Lick Concessions.

“I think it's a great opportunity. I got four kids and all four of my kids are here, my wife is helping me. It's a family atmosphere and families are out here enjoying themselves,” said owner Jason Lane.

And for those who are pros at attending this event, they know how to stake out their spots early.
Whether it's enjoying a bite to eat, playing games or just lounging around, it’s all about family fun.

“Just seeing everybody coming out. Everybody from everywhere and just hanging out with family,” said Mark Smith.