The colors of spring have started bursting from budding trees and bushes, but North Charleston is already looking ahead to summer and a different, louder explosion of color.

The city has again hired one of the world's largest fireworks manufacturers to prepare for what North Charleston claims as the largest fireworks show in the Lowcountry.

Riverfront Park will be the venue for the annual alcohol-free event, where North Charleston typically offers Independence Day activities for children and adults, and a selection of musical performers.

Zambelli Fireworks Manufacturing Co. of New Castle, Pa., will handle the pyrotechnics, with a $35,000 budget from North Charleston approved by the City Council in March.

Councilwoman Dot Williams said North Charleston has the best fireworks show in the Lowcountry, but she thinks Mount Pleasant unfairly gets all the television station coverage, for the show at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

"It's not a little overlooked, it's a lot overlooked," she said. "It's very unfair."

The North Charleston doesn't have an aircraft carrier, of course, but the fireworks show is free, in the city park along the Cooper River, and Williams said attendance is terrific.

"The citizens love it," she said. "It's always packed."

Representatives of Zambelli Fireworks did not return calls seeking comment.

Reach David Slade at 937-5552.