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How We Do the 4th in the Malibu Colony


Regulars around the Colony (residents, some visitors): Jim Carey, Nicky Hilton, Brent Bolthouse, Jared Leto, Jenny McCarthy

For years, one of our neighbor in the Malibu Colony and former chairman of Univision, Jerry Perenchio, graciously hired major fireworks company Pyro Spectaculars to create one of the best offshore fireworks show in the world (and spent over $60,000 to do so). This show provided an extravaganza not only to his guests he would invite to the beach on July 4th, but also to every house in the Malibu Colony, including the likes of Sting, Jim Carey and Tom Hanks, who would invite all their friends over to watch (as did anyone within a mile radius of the Colony).

Malibu Colony July 2010

Three years ago, Perenchio stopped doing the holiday show and left residents in the Colony frazzled for high-octane entertainment. Families canceled their get-togethers and headed to the Hollywood Bowl and the L.A. or Hillcrest Country Clubs instead.

Well, the next year, we were ready. One of the Colony residents began fundraising for the show in late spring and raised the amount needed put the show back on. This family then became the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, meaning Pyro Spectaculars provides them with a radio walkie talkie to instruct the barge on where to stop and when to begin.

Further North up the coast in Paradise Cover, Ron Meyer of Univeral Studios gets together with his neighbors and does the same thing every year as well. That is why you will see two barges this Monday on the 4th of July.

Based in Long Beach, Pyro Spectacular is a family company and the only pyro-technicians granted a permit to load explosives from the Port of Long Beach, giving them the exclusive on offshore fireworks shows. For the Malibu Colony show, pyro-technicians spend 3 days loading a 150-ft barge at the Port of Long Beach with 33 tons of sand which prop up dozens of iron plastic tubes called “guns” where the fireworks will launch out of, like cannons. The barge is then towed by a tugboat up the coast to Malibu. Pyro Spectaculars provided us with a few photos of their pyro-technicians loading a barge at the Port of Long Beach.

Fireworks usually shoot off from the barge in Malibu Colony at 9pm – weather permitting!

Pyro Spectacular spends 3 days loading 150-ft barge off the Port of Long Beach before making the voyage to the gated Malibu Colony to preform the night’s show.

loading 10″ guns/shells, the ones Disney wished they had

Pyro Mike Crow at the Firing Board – on a walkie with my dad


Photos from Wireimage and Pyro Spectaculars and The Daily Truffle

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9 comments for “How We Do the 4th in the Malibu Colony

  1. Matt Klein
    July 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Hey Caroline

    Good to see you will be at the colony this year. Stop by our house and say hi. You should do a little blurb on the annual malibu colony tennis tournament that I plan on winning again this year. 😉

  2. Caroline M. Roman
    July 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    MAtttttttt!!!!!! Yay! The Daily Truffle will GLADLY cover your tennis TKO!! Happy 4th xoxo Caroline

  3. Daniel J. Seidner
    July 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Caroline, where does the colony stand on .50 cal machine gun fire as part of the celebration? Too red-neck? Could be fun…

  4. Caroline M. Roman
    July 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Anything for you. Bring the artillery ! xoxo

  5. Russ
    July 5, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Not so private… I watched a bit of the Malibu Colony fireworks from here in the northern Virginia area. Was in DC for the fireworks in the mall, then after arriving home about midnight I logged onto the Pepperdine University webcams ’cause I heard about the Colony’s fireworks. Actually some good live shots although sans sound. Happy 4th all.

  6. Mike Crow
    June 27, 2011 at 1:14 am

    ~ Hi Caroline, I was doing some research on this topic & found out that the Malibu Colony’s fireworks shows are now ‘World Famous’… I’m Mike Crow, As per 07-04-2011 at 9:00 pm, I look foreword to being Malibu Colony’s Pyrotechnic Operator this year, as was I last year. To give you a forecast on our upcoming event – World Class Eye Candy, as the entire City shakes & trembles, at my fingertips, even Echoing back from off the Mountains almost as Loud…
    ~ The Grand Finale will be Magical this year, simply magical.
    ~ email me if you want fresh pics.
    ~ All the Best Caroline, Micro 🙂

  7. Mike Crow
    July 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    ~ There, I Rule … I shook the Colony like I said I would …

    ~ 😉 Mike Crow …
    (((((((pyro rock star)))))))

  8. July 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Um, yes you did !

  9. Caroline M. Roman
    July 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Yes Mike! Thank you for running a great show! Feel free to post your website or something!

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