Independence Day celebrations will be abundant in the Brownwood area this year, and they will stretch over more than a week beginning Friday.
The annual fireworks show in Bangs will kick off area events Friday night, and activities will continue on the Fourth of July in several communities. The schedule will conclude with what is being described as the biggest July 4 fireworks show ever at Lake Brownwood on Saturday, July 7.
The Brownwood Fireworks Spectacular will be held Saturday, July 7 at Feather Bay Subdivision on Lake Brownwood, Emily Crawford, tourism and marketing manager of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, said. Sponsors of the event include Signature Sponsor, TexasBank and multiple local businesses and organizations.
The $15,000 fireworks show will be shot from the point at Feather Bay Subdivision at dusk. Land viewing will available on the grassy slopes at Feather Bay Subdivision, off of FM 2632, Crawford said. Over 25 acres of mowed space will be available for picnicking and viewing. Parking is $3 per vehicle, and concessions will available. No fireworks may be brought in from viewers.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the VIP tent opens at 6:30 p.m. for sponsors.
Viewers on boats will be able to see the show from almost anywhere on the southern part of the lake, Crawford said.
Here are capsules of other Independence Day activities planned for the next two weeks:
On Friday, Bangs will host the “Heart of Texas Freedom Celebration,” at Dragon Stadium sponsored by the Bangs Business Association. The evening will include live music, food vendors, ice cream freeze-off (bring your homemade ice cream), games for children and the fireworks show beginning at dark. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit www.bangsbusinessassociation.org, e-mail bellis@wellscoinc.
com or call 752-6764.
On Wednesday, July 4, Flat Rock at Lake Brownwood will hold a family picnic day. Sparklers and aerial rockets are welcome, but no ground firecrackers will be allowed. Russell & Gayle’s Hideaway Caf/ is open at the park. Admission to the park is $3 per person. For information, call Jackie at Flat Rock Park at 784-6730.
The 12th annual Freedom Festival sponsored by the Rising Star Chamber of Commerce will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, and continuing until the grand finale firework display — described as the biggest fireworks shown in the area. Events during the day at Rising Star City Park will include music, arts, crafts, food, air castle jumping for youngsters, freedom train rides, a display by the Sons of the Confederacy, an apple pie cook-off and an ice cream freeze-off. Hot dogs will be available before the fireworks begin. Country and western music will be heard throughout the day, and 80 Proof will entertain after the parade scheduled for 6 p.m.
On the evening of July 4, Comanche will host its 17th annual Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks at Comanche High School’s football stadium. The pre-party will start at 6:30 p.m., with musical entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. A Veteran’s Salute will be at 9 p.m., with the Comanche Kiwanis Fireworks Show following. For information, contact the Comanche Chamber of Commerce at (325) 356-3233 or see www.comanchechamber.org.
On Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, Downtown Brownwood Inc. will dress the business district in red, white and blue as merchants offer holiday promotions to bring visitors downtown. The Farmers Market will be open on three days that week, Tuesday and Thursday, July 3 and 5, from 3 p.m. until sellout, and then on Saturday, July 7, from 7 a.m. to sellout.
Regional wine tour
Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, July 6-8, Way Out Wineries will have its Picnic Road Trip, featuring eight wineries in this area. Visitors may collect the pieces of a picnic backpack at each stop, along with a wine and cheese tasting. For tickets or information, see www.wayoutwineries.org.
Mountain View Lodge
On Saturday evening, July 7, Mountain View Lodge & Marina will hold its annual July 4 party with a live DJ and fish fry. For details, call Blake Holleman at 784-5022.
All week long, Feather Bay Golf Course will be open for holiday golfers. Call the pro shop at 784-4653 to set a tee time.
Also open all week for outdoor activities are Lake Brownwood State Park, Lake Haven Marina and Kirkland’s Dock. Information is available on the Brownwood Area Chamber’s Web site, www.brownwoodchamber.org, or call Crawford at 646-9535.