Behind the Scenes with Cassie Verboon
As Production Coordinator, Cassie maintains the www.july4th.org website as well as the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages. She also works closely with our public safety agencies and volunteers.
Q: What are you doing the day of the event?
A: Making sure the website elements we launch on the day of are ready to go, a little Facebook and Twitter, plus any other miscellany that comes up during the day.
Q: How did you get involved with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular?
A: I started working for David Mugar right out of college, spent the next July 4th handing out programs as a volunteer and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since.
Q: What effect has working on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular had on you?
A: I think I’ve found my dream job. I feel lucky to be able to work on such a great event with such great people year after year. We have a camaraderie that you don’t find in many work environments. I’ve never been so challenged and so fulfilled by a job before.
Q: What are the three objects you can’t live without on the Fourth?
A: My phone, radio, and signature flip flops – not the most practical footwear choice for an 18 hour day on the Esplanade but that’s just me. You can take the girl out of California…
Q: What are some of the challenges you have had to overcome to make the event possible?
A: On the days leading up to the event, our website is inundated with traffic so that comes with a few hiccups, but generally everything runs smoothly and I haven’t had any major problems. Knock on wood.
Q: What are you thinking/feeling on the day of the show, after all of your preparation is done?
A: Happy, proud, relieved, excited. It’s an awesome feeling to see all of your work come together and be able to watch people enjoy it. Towards the end of the night I get little sad because I know it will all be over soon.
Q: What is your favorite 4th of July memory?
A: When I was a kid, we would spend the entire day in the pool and set off fireworks in the driveway when the sun went down. Those summer nights surrounded by family will always be my fondest 4th of July memories. A more recent favorite memory would probably be from my first Fourth on the Esplanade when I was standing thisclose to Steven Tyler. I had never seen a celebrity before.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone attending the 4th on the Esplanade for the first time?
A: Get there early, be prepared for crazy weather and, most of all, enjoy the show!
Q: The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular would not be complete without:
A: My favorite element of the show is the Stars and Stripes with the confetti. I can’t really explain why…I just love it.