Not every neighborhood in America has a neighbor like Scott Barnes. Yet, one Lake of the Ozarks community is reminded of how lucky they are to have him- every Fourth of July.

Not every neighborhood in America has a neighbor like Scott Barnes. Yet, one Lake of the Ozarks community is reminded of how lucky they are to have him- every Fourth of July.

What started off as a small family fireworks display in his backyard has grown into a 25 minute lakeside spectacle which can be seen for several miles via lake or land.

The 70-year-old retired residential real estate agent who grew up on a three-acre city farm near Overland Park, Kansas, recalls where his love of fireworks began.

"We had plenty of room to shoot off fireworks as a kid, so I'd walk to a back pasture fireworks stand and then my family and I would shoot them off," Barnes says, adding it was one of his favorite childhood memories.

His passion for fireworks then started to spread onto his three children whom he taught to hold sparklers at a very young age. The passion rubbed off, as all three of his children now come to Lake of the Ozarks from various parts of the country each year to see the community fireworks show and spend time with Barnes and wife, Cynthia.

"Some people make Christmas their big family get together each year, but we have made ours Independence Day," Barnes says.

Buying a lakefront home at the Lake over 15 years ago, Barnes realized he had a perfect backyard setting to hold a fireworks show in which the entire community could enjoy. Getting positive feedback from neighbors, Barnes kept growing the show.

The community fireworks show is a full, constant and non-stop display, hurling thousands of shots into the night sky for nearly a half hour. Gleaming and glistening on the water, while making the entire cove light up as if it were mid-day, Barnes never gets to see it. He's the one making sure the shots go off without a hitch.

A lot goes into the planning of the show, including safety. Beginning with getting proper permits starting in January. Barnes gets permits and approval from the Missouri State Water Patrol, Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, City of Lake Ozark and State Fire Marshall's office. Barnes is also licensed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Purchasing both consumer and commercial fireworks from Wald & Company of Kansas City, it takes 2 full van loads and one full jeep load to transport all of the fireworks to Barnes' Lake of the Ozarks home. The fireworks are then kept in an air-conditioned storage space, where Barnes wires the fireworks to his special pyrotechnic equipment, so each shot can be shot off with the touch of a button.

Barnes will be the first to tell you that the show could not take place without the help from his neighbor, Wyatt Whitman, and sons Grant and Jake. Barnes works with his set-up team a few days before the fourth of July. The team spends hours setting up and building platforms for the fireworks to be shot off near the lake. It takes eight people to haul the fireworks to the platforms.

Some of the names of the fireworks purchased this year are called Jacked Up, Braggin' Rights, Lemme Hear Ya Say, Mammoth Strobe, Hawaii Dream and Serious Finale Shot.

The colorful shots are also synchronized to patriotic music that Barnes carefully chooses each year. He bought an online radio station for the entire community and those on the lake to tune into while the show is in progress. Barnes is sure to include the National Anthem each year, along with Johnny Cash's classic Ragged Old Flag.

Several hundred people show up in the cove to watch the show. In fact, the Barnes' host nearly 70 people at their home alone.

"The show has made a community out of our cove and that has been really neat to see, it has also allowed me to meet a lot of people," Barnes says, as he points out neighboring houses already donning patriotic flags and railing decor.

All told, after the sparks have settled, Barnes won't give an exact figure on how much he spends on the show, but says it's in the range of a few thousand dollars. Though it's not the cost of the show that matters to the Navy veteran, it's the feeling of celebrating Independence Day.

"Independence Day itself is the day that set this country into motion. The lives, the freedoms we have. It's unfortunate that too many take their freedoms for granted," Barnes says.

There may be men who like to get into woodworking, cars or painting after they retire, but Barnes jokes that he just likes to blow stuff up.

"It's not about the fireworks at the end of the day, it's about America," Barnes says.

The best part of the day for him is a perfect trifecta of teaching his four grandchildren how to properly hold sparklers; having a fun day with his community; and feeling the pride of the country that he loves on the best lake in the world.