How did we get our start?!


The great grandfather of Mike Cartolano, now President of Melrose Pyrotechnics, carried his craft from Italy to America at the turn of the 20th century. He settled in Melrose Park, Illinois, where family ancestors on both sides joined forces to create family and community traditions featuring fireworks displays. Mike’s father Anthony Cartolano collaborated with the Chicago White Sox in the development of the exploding scoreboard in 1960, beginning a fireworks display tradition that continues to thrill Sox fans today.

The above photo of the July 4, 1960 issue of Sports Illustrated captures an important point in the history of Melrose Pyrotechnics.

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