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Air show planned before Burlington fireworks

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Preparations are underway for Burlington's Independence Day celebration. Thousands are expected to pack the waterfront Thursday.

But before the fireworks display, Dan Marcotte will take to the skies. The aerobatic pilot put the finishing touches on his airshow routine during a final practice run at the Franklin County State Airport.

Marcotte will perform in a new plane after his last one was destroyed in a fiery crash on Interstate 89 back in April. Marcotte says he's pleased with the new plane's performance and is promising an action-packed show.

"I think one important thing that it adds is a little bit of entertainment as a precursor to the fireworks. People get down to the waterfront early to get a good spot to watch the fireworks and they're a little bit entertainment starved for a while before the fireworks start. So people can get restless. This gives them something to look forward to and a little bit of a break before the main event," Marcotte said.

The airshow, put on by Queen City Steel, kicks off at 8:30 p.m. And will run for about 15 minutes.

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