“My early childhood memories center around this typical American country store and life in a small American town, including Fourth of July celebrations marked by fireworks and patriotic music played from a pavilion bandstand.”

— Frederick Reines,

American physicist

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Well, check the calendar, why don’t you? Here it is, the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year — the Saturday after the Fourth of July.

And maybe it seems like it’s been raining for a long time (multiplied by 7) but, maybe, just maybe, the clouds are about to part and we’re a fixin’ to have a bang up celebration.

They’ve got fireworks at Feather Bay tonight, popping out all over Lake Brownwood. All the information you need about that is in a story somewhere else on this page, of course.

And, they’ve got fireworks over in Comanche tonight, because Wednesday, the actual Fourth of July, it was too wet to shoot. We’ll have the details on that a few paragraphs to the right.

Anyway, a good Fourth of July celebration should last at least three days.

American pride never goes out of date, and should be something to celebrate 364 days a year.

But if you don’t count fireworks, today’s list of things to do is a few inches short of being long. Some things on the list are only there because they’re not happening.

For instance?

Well, the Cisco Junior Rodeo scheduled for this weekend has been postponed for a second time — because of the rain — and rescheduled for Aug. 3-4.

Now for what is happening.

Fireworks in Comanche

Just pretend it’s the Fourth of July. Like we said, due to inclement weather, Comanche’s Family on the Fourth Musical and Fireworks Celebration was canceled Wednesday and rescheduled for this evening at the Comanche High School Stadium. For more information call the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at (325) 356-3233 or check out changing details on the Web site at ComancheChamber.org.

Salvation Army fund-raiser

Eat a little barbecue for a good cause. The Salvation Army is holding a barbecue fund-raiser at Flatrock Park. Serving will be from 3 until 9 p.m., before the fireworks start.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood hosts the In Town Recycling Trailer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Avenue A and Brady Avenue, under the Austin Avenue overpass. Recyclables accepted include glass, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, tin cans, plastic soda/water bottles and milk jugs. All items must be clean.

Farmers’ markets

The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., is open from 7 a.m. to sellout in the parking lot located in the 500 block of Brown, between Adams and Chandler streets. The City of Bangs is hosting a local farmer’s market, free to vendors and open Saturday mornings in the open area of downtown on Kyle Street.

Visit the museum

The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For group tours and information call 641-1926.