Folks will have a choice of activities, celebrations and observances to choose from this coming weekend — from fireworks to picnics, or perhaps a round of golf. With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday this year, revelers will have the chance to see fireworks on Friday and picnic and party on Saturday.

The area’s traditional “Fireworks Spectacular” over Lake Brownwood is scheduled to light up the sky at 9:30 p.m. Friday. The $15,000 fireworks show will be shot over the water from Bitter Bay in Deep Water Estates. Boaters and lake viewers will be able to see the show from Deep Water Estates and McCartney Island.

Also, the annual “Heart of Texas Freedom Celebration,” will be Friday at the Bangs High School Stadium. Gates open at 7 p.m. for the pre-fireworks events that will include music, food vendors and other activities. The fireworks show will begin at dark, probably about 9:30 p.m.

There is no admission charge to either of the Friday-night firework shows.

On Saturday, Flat Rock Park at Lake Brownwood is hosting a family picnic day, topped off with an evening fireworks show. There’s a $3 per person admission to the park for an all-day and evening pass.

Also, Mountain View Lodge and Marina will host its annual Fourth of July Party on Saturday. Water craft rental and food purchases will be available, and, at 9:30 p.m., there will be a fireworks show.

In Brownwood, an “Old Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic” is planned at Coggin Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Everyone’s invited for food, games, patriotic speeches and more.

And, it’s family day at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum. Come see the newest displays, if you haven’t been by the museum in a while, or if you’ve never been, this Independence Day is a great day to start.

According to information posted on the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce’s Web site,, the Hideout at Feather Bay Golf Course will be open the entire weekend, with a four-man scramble starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. To register, call the pro shop at 325-784-4653.

For more information about the scheduled events, call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce during business hours on week days at (325) 646-9535. A map of the lake with the holiday weekend sites pointed out was published in Friday’s Bulletin, and a roundup of activities in this three-county Central Texas area is published as an advertisement in today’s edition of the Bulletin.