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The Grucci family business

Grucci fireworks explode over the Las Vegas Strip

Grucci fireworks explode over the Las Vegas Strip New Year's Eve. More than 300,000 visitors attended to watch the $500,000 eight-minute show fired from the rooftops of eight casinos. (Jan. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: John Gurzinski

The internationally known Gruccis have passed down their artistry and passion for fireworks to more than six generations of family members. The Grucci businesses have weathered the Great Depression and the Great Recession, embraced technological changes and made history with their fireworks displays over the decades. These photos show the evolution of this family business going back to the 1920s.--Keiko Morris

Grucci fireworks at New York's Olympic Bid for
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Grucci fireworks at New York's Olympic Bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics at the Statue of Liberty.

Felix Grucci Sr., left, with his uncle, Anthony
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Felix Grucci Sr., left, with his uncle, Anthony Lanzetta, during a brief stint when they worked together in Miami, Fla. (1929)

The family patriarch, Felix Grucci, and his wife
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The family patriarch, Felix Grucci, and his wife Concetta construct an aviation-themed set piece at the Grucci compound in Bellport. (Circa 1940)

From right, Concetta Grucci, her husband Felix Grucci
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From right, Concetta Grucci, her husband Felix Grucci Sr., a friend of Felix and two Italian firework makers from Italy assemble a flag set piece at the first Grucci factory in Bellport. (Circa 1940)

Felix Grucci Sr., in the center, with sons
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Felix Grucci Sr., in the center, with sons James, left, and Felix Jr., prep for a display in Central Park. (1978)

Concetta and Felix Grucci, at right, pose with
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Concetta and Felix Grucci, at right, pose with their children, from left, Felix Jr., Donna and James, as they prepare for the Brooklyn Bridge display on the occasion of the span's centennial. (1983)

Phil Grucci, executive vice president of Fireworks by
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Phil Grucci, executive vice president of Fireworks by Grucci, and a fifth-generation member of the famous Grucci Fireworks family, looks through an archive of old photo albums in the board room at the company's Brookhaven headquarters. (Dec. 21, 2011)

Phil Grucci, at age 7, works on a
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Phil Grucci, at age 7, works on a fireworks barge in Bellport. (Circa 1970)

Christopher Grucci, son of Phil Grucci and a
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Christopher Grucci, son of Phil Grucci and a sixth generation family member, helps at the Statue of Liberty display. (undated)

Phil Grucci and his daughter Lauren work on
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Phil Grucci and his daughter Lauren work on the July 4th display in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (2010)

In his office, Phillip Butler, husband of Donna
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In his office, Phillip Butler, husband of Donna Grucci-Butler, examines a map of the world showing colored push pins that represent places where the Grucci family has staged fireworks shows. (Nov. 4, 2011)

Grucci family members, from left: Michael Sullivan, Debra
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Grucci family members, from left: Michael Sullivan, Debra Sullivan, Donna Grucci-Butler, Philip Bulter, (rear), Danielle Butler and Anthony Treglia (rear). The family poses atop the Roman Tower at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, surrounded by racks of mortars for the New Year's Eve fireworks show. (Dec. 29, 2011)

Debra Sullivan wires racks of mortars holding 3-inch
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Debra Sullivan wires racks of mortars holding 3-inch aerial firework shells in place atop the Roman Tower of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Grucci fireworks were launched from eight casino rooftops during an eight-minute synchronized fireworks display along the Strip. (Dec. 29, 2011)

Donna Grucci-Butler and Philip Butler pause for a
Photo Credit: Richard Brian

Donna Grucci-Butler and Philip Butler pause for a photo at the Fireworks by Grucci command center on the rooftop the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the 2011 New Year's Eve celebration.

Grucci fireworks explode over the Las Vegas Strip
Photo Credit: John Gurzinski

Grucci fireworks explode over the Las Vegas Strip New Year's Eve. More than 300,000 visitors attended to watch the $500,000 eight-minute show fired from the rooftops of eight casinos. (Jan. 1, 2012)

Macy's Fourth of July celebration in Manhattan, courtesy
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Macy's Fourth of July celebration in Manhattan, courtesy of the Grucci family. (July 4, 2002)

Grucci fireworks light the skies at the inauguration
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Grucci fireworks light the skies at the inauguration of George W. Bush, in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2007)

Dubai celebrates the landmark Grand Opening of Atlantis,
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Dubai celebrates the landmark Grand Opening of Atlantis, The Palm Resort, and the Palm Jumeirah during unprecedented pyrotechnics and illumination sequences in a display by Fireworks by Grucci. (Nov. 20, 2008)

Fourth of July fireworks explode over Oyster Bay
Photo Credit: Pablo Corradi

Fourth of July fireworks explode over Oyster Bay during the traditional Grucci Fireworks show. (July 4, 2010)

Dozens of 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch mortar tubes
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Dozens of 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch mortar tubes are lined up in racks aboard the barge. Fireworks by Grucci staffers prepare a barge for fireworks displays on July 4th weekend in East Quogue. (July 1, 2011)

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