After having two medical incidents, Rose Massey decided she needed to get a jump-start on her bucket list.

“I’ve always wanted to manage a firework stand,” Massey said. “My last hospital stay was three months long. After that, I decided I better do it while I can.”

Massey, 67, manages the Mr. W Fireworks stand located on U.S. Highway 377 South right before the Vulcan mine entrance. 

“We’re behind the firework stand that you see on the side of the highway,” Massey said. “We might be hard to see, but we’re here.”

Unlike most of the firework stands around the Brownwood and Early area, Massey notes her stand will consistently remain open until midnight of July 4.

“We’re open 24/7 until the Fourth of July,” Massey said. “I checked with the city about it and they said I could do it since I was located outside of city limits.”

With some residents working late, Massey wanted to ensure everyone was able to purchase their fireworks.  

“I know several people that get out from work after midnight,” Massey said. “I want to be here for our customers.”

Massey stated she would donate a portion of her commission to Jake Landess, the 44-year-old Brownwood firefighter diagnosed with leukemia.

“We’re just Christian folk — I just want to do the right thing,” Massey said.

Whether fireworks are purchased from her stand or a competitors’ stand, Massey has a few words to share with everyone.

“Be safe — I hate to hear that kids got hurt from fireworks,” Massey said. 

Activities planned around the Brown County area for the Fourth of July include:


K Leshae’s and MAK Fourth of July pictures

K LeShae’s will celebrate its one-year anniversary with storewide specials. MAK Images will be taking Fourth of July pictures from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 30; pictures are $15 and include a disk with eight-plus pictures. They will also be serving ice cream, and much more. 


Fourth of July 

in Comanche 

The Kiwanis Club of Comanche will host the 23rd Annual Family on the Fourth Celebration and Fireworks at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at the Comanche High School Indian Stadium. 

The event will begin with hot dogs, watermelon and drinks served by the Comanche Lion’s Club, baked goods provided by the Comanche County 4-H Horse Club, and programs by the Comanche Chamber of Commerce. 

Mayor Ronnie Clifton and emcee John Reid will welcome everyone at 7:30 p.m. followed by free a musical celebration featuring Don Edwards. 

An All-American ceremony honoring veterans and armed forces will be held at 9 p.m. followed by the fireworks show. All proceeds collected by the bucket brigade go to the 2014 firework show.


Wild Duck Marina 

Fourth of July events 

The second annual Wild Duck Marina Fourth of July bash will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, with a performance by The Remains.

Fireworks will start at 9:20 p.m. and Bleu Edmondson will perform from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Tickets are $20 and proceeds will help the Lake Dam Volunteer Fire Department purchase a new truck. 


Gilligan’s Park 

Fourth of July events

Gilligan’s Park and Campgrounds will hold a one-day only Fourth of July blowout $10 a vehicle special from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Residents will be able to come out and set off their fireworks — legally and safely. If residents buy their fireworks from the American Fireworks stand, they can ask for a coupon and get a $5 discount. 

The fireworks show will be held 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, by Chester Davis of American Fireworks. Donations from corporate sponsors, local businesses and individuals are being accepted to help purchase the fireworks for the show. Those interested in sponsoring or donating, contact Bobbie or Jack at (325) 784-5679. 

The Fourth of July weekend will continue at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, with three bands performing, Hellfire N’Whiskey, Bizarre Ending and ThreeShades Blue. 


Richland Springs 

Fourth of July

Richland Springs will hold its annual Fourth of July events on Saturday, July 6, at the park. 

Events will begin at 9 a.m. with a Fourth of July parade followed by activities at 10 a.m. that include games such as horseshoe and washers. 

Four-wheeler races will begin at 2 p.m. along with a 42 tournament. A fish fry will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the fireworks show when it gets dark.


Rising Star 

Fourth of July events

Rising Star’s downtown area will host an outdoor shopping event Friday and Saturday, July 5-6. Vendors are requested to be set up for business by 9 a.m. and remain open until 4 p.m. each day. For more information about being a vendor, call Nancy at (325) 203-0311 or (254) 641-0320.

The Rising Star Park Improvement Committee, otherwise known as the PIC, will celebrate the second annual “Night of Texas Country Music” featuring 9 Mile Creek, The Last Dance Band, The Remains, and the headlining entertainer Brandon Rhyder. Proceeds will go toward the playground equipment of the city park.

The concert will be held from 6 p.m. until midnight Friday, July 5, at the Rising Star City Park. Tickets will be $15 per person. Children 10 and under are free. Personal coolers containing refreshments will also be allowed for $10 per cooler. No glass containers.