As Americans celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, there are many exciting options to enjoy the traditional fireworks displays and fun during the upcoming three-day weekend, including some on or near the Brazos River Authority’s three reservoirs at Lakes Possum Kingdom, Granbury and Limestone.
This list includes just some of the Fourth of July events scheduled throughout the basin. For more information on festivities near you, visit your city or county’s website.
Thanks to the three-day weekend, Lubbock’s 26th annual Fourth on Broadway @ Mackenzie is a three-day event. July 2-3 will feature La Raza and Country Street Dances. July 4 will include the Yankee Doodle Dash 5K Fun Run starting at 7 a.m. and a parade starting at 9 a.m. A Picnic in the Park starts at 11 a.m. with a children’s play area. The Fireworks Extravaganza is set to start at 10:10 a.m. For more information, go here.
VFW Post 6873, 1049 Veterans Drive, will give away free hot dogs and hamburgers while supplies last during an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Buffalo Gap Historic Village will host the Frontier Fourth celebration from 9 a.m. to noon with a variety of games and activities. For details, visit here. The City of Clyde will host Festival By the Lake starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 1 and at noon Saturday, July 2. For details, visit here. The Abilene area will also have a fireworks show at 10 p.m. July 3 at Elmdale Park, and there is a cost. For details, visit http://www.abilenevisitors.com/Annual-WesTex-Connect-4th-of-July-Fireworks-Spectacular-1.
POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE
Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce will present Fireworks at Hell’s Gate with a celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2. You can view the fireworks by boat or at YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, located at the end of Park Road 36. Neither alcohol nor pets will be allowed at this event. Entry fee to the YMCA Park will be $5 per person, with children age 3 and younger admitted free. For details, visit here.
The Granbury Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration will include the Kiwanis Firecracker 5K starting at 7 a.m., arts, crafts and food vendors and a decorated bike contest starting at 9 a.m., followed by a parade at 10 a.m. and bucking bulls at 6 p.m. The event finale will be a fireworks show over Lake Granbury starting at 9:45 p.m. Other events in the weekend celebration are scheduled for July 2-3. For details, visit here.
The annual fireworks display at McLane Stadium’s Touchdown Alley starts at 5 p.m. with live music. The fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. For details, visit here.
Belton has a multi-day celebration that starts June 30 and culminates with a Fourth of July Parade. Pre-Fourth activities include a kickoff barbecue at 11:30 a.m. June 30 and PRCA rodeo July 1-3. There is also a carnival scheduled June 30-July 4 at Confederate Park. The July 4 parade down Belton’s Main Street starts at 10 a.m. This celebration traces its origins to the 1800’s, and it has been an annual event since 1919. A festival at Nolan Creek starts at 11 a.m. July 4. For more information, visit here. Temple, meanwhile, will have a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at Miller Park that caps off its Fourth of July Family Fun Fest. For details, visit here.
The U.S. Army will host Fourth of July festivities from 4-10 p.m. at Hood Stadium, featuring live music. The event will conclude with a 30-minute fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. For details, visit Fort Hood here.
LAKE LIMESTONE AREA
Groesbeck will have a parade and festival July 4, while Mexia will have a boat parade at 2 p.m. July 2 at Lake Mexia. Information about the boat parade is available here. On July 4, Mexia will have its annual Lions Club Red, White & Blue Car Show. For details, visit here.
A parade down Main Street is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., with a free activity zone following the parade. Frontier Days starts at noon and will offer a flavor of the Old West with a shootout, a cowboy singalong, pig races and other entertainment throughout the day. Fireworks will begin at dark, with a movie in the park after the fireworks. For information, go here.
WASHINGTON ON THE BRAZOS
A Fourth of July celebration at Washington on the Brazos State Park begins at 10 a.m. and includes live music. A fireworks show is set for 9:30 p.m. For details, go here.
Fulshear Freedom Fest, featuring a parade and fireworks display, will be from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in downtown Fulshear. For information, visit the Fulshear Chamber of Commerce here.
Family 4th Celebration is set from 6-10 p.m. July 4 at Seabourne Creek Nature Park. The event includes live music and fireworks. For details, visit here.
The Star Spangled Spectacular will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Constellation Field. Because of limited seating, tickets are available to Sugar Land residents only on a first come, first serve basis. For details, go here.
The Firecracker 4 is a four-mile run through Lake Jackson along Oyster Creek that starts at 7:30 a.m. A kayak scavenger hunt in Lake Jackson down Oyster Creek is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A fireworks display will start about 9:20 p.m. in Lake Jackson, with good views available from the Brazos Mall parking lot and surrounding areas. For details, visit here. Freedom Fireworks is scheduled at 9:20 p.m. at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds. For details, call 979-849-4364. The City of Freeport will have its annual Fishing Fiesta June 29 through July 3. For details, call 979-233-5137 or 979-236-8189 or visit here.
For those that decide to stay home and enjoy shooting off a few fireworks themselves, remember to play it safe! Many areas prohibit or limit the use of fireworks. However, if you are in an area that allows you to set off fireworks, please keep these safety tips in mind:
- Be aware of nearby dry vegetation and other potential fire hazards.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
- Avoid using rockets or other aerial fireworks around buildings. Winds can carry hot fireworks onto roofs where leaves or other flammable debris may have accumulated.
- When shooting fireworks, be sure to buy them from reputable reliable sellers and avoid illegal fireworks.
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Have an adult present.
- Use outdoors only.
- Never experiment with, alter or make your own fireworks.
- Never relight a dud firework. Wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Never point or throw fireworks at others.
- The person shooting the fireworks should wear eye protection and never have any body part over the fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never shoot fireworks in a metal or glass container.
Also be aware of burn bans in your area. Although recent rains have made these a rarity in the state this year, a few Texas counties did have burn bans in effect which would prohibit fireworks. For details, go here.
If you choose to enjoy your July 4th holiday at a BRA reservoir, please remember that for everyone’s safety, fireworks are not allowed at BRA parks and may not be fired off over the water from private docks or boats.