The scents of gunpowder and outdoor grills are sure to fill the air as Brown County will have plenty of festivities for the Fourth of July.
The Wild Duck Marina will host a pair of Fourth of July fireworks shows, the first to commemorate the Fourth of July holiday and the second, larger show Saturday as part of a weekend of festivities including a boat parade.
“We’re doing a small show on the fourth and a big one on the seventh,” Wild Duck Marina Co-Owner Angie Tyson said. “A lot of people want fireworks on the fourth and there were not any in the area so we decided to go ahead and try it.”
Tyson said the proceeds raised from the festivities will go to assist Freddy Moffatt, an electrician for Wild Duck Marina, who Tyson said suffers from cancer. While traveling to get treatment, he was in a head-on car accident and Tyson said the funds raised will help him stay financially stable until he is able to work again.
“It’s awesome because we’re able to do it,” Tyson said. “We have a lot of really great sponsors. It’s the people who donated, every little bit helps, who make it a whole lot easier and a whole lot better.”
Saturday, the Wild Duck Marina will host a second fireworks show as well as a boat parade with prizes for the top three entrants.
“It’s something we’re bringing back,” Tyson said. “This is going to be the third annual. Everybody just comes out in their boats. They decorate them, put lights on them, whatever they want to do. The lake patrol leads them and we give prizes for the top three. Right now, we don’t have a whole lot. All they have to do is come and register at the marina. It’s $15.”
Both firework shows are free of charge, but Tyson asks those who plan to attend to park at the Kirkland RV Park parking lot and take the shuttle to the Wild Duck Marina.
“If they just want to come watch [fireworks] we ask they go to a different area,” she said. “We do not have the accommodations or the parking. We block off our residential area. We have a shuttle that will run back and forth to Kirkland and we will pick them up at their car and take them back at the end of the evening if they are going to stay for our fireworks or concert.”
Wild Duck is not the only business hosting patrons for Fourth of July. The Spirit of Texas Winery in Early will host its Grill With Us event from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, where they will provide $5 burgers, $2 hotdogs, Wine-A-Ritas and $2 cold bottled sodas.