The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Lake Brownwood lived up to its name.

But the fireworks proved to be only the climax to a pleasant evening for families and friends who gathered at Feather Bay early, set up their chairs and tents and spent some time together.

The gates opened at 5 p.m., more than four hours before the fireworks started, but people were already enjoying themselves. The weather was warm, but after three weeks of almost steady rains, that was a delight. As sunset approached, cooling breeze coming off the lake made conditions quite pleasant for a July evening in Texas.

The crowd exceeded sponsors’ expectations — expectations that perhaps were dimmed a bit by the heavy rains that left many lakes in the state closed and that threatened to dampen the festivities as late as Friday. But Lake Brownwood was open to boating traffic after having been closed due to high water the previous weekend, and the people responded. Vehicles continued to stream into the Feather Bay complex until the fireworks began.

Feather Bay appears to be an ideal location for such an event, with plenty of room for parking and viewing, and two highway routes for entering and leaving. Traffic is always an issue at such activities, so this was a major plus.

And the fireworks show itself was a fitting tribute to America’s independence, capping more than a week of events in the area that began with the Bangs Freedom Celebration on June 29, all sandwiched around the Fourth of July holiday itself.

Congratulations and thanks are in order for all who supported it, sponsored it and worked so hard to produce and promote this spectacular event.

Brownwood Bulletin