While Brown County residents await Saturday night’s Independence Day fireworks show at Lake Brownwood, several festivals and aerial displays are planned for today, the 231st birthday of the United States of America. But rainy weather could spoil the celebrations.

The fireworks display scheduled in Comanche has been postponed from 9:30 p.m. today until Saturday night, a message on the telephone of the Comanche Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture stated. A determination on the musical portion of the celebration this afternoon had not been announced by late Tuesday.

Independence Day in Brownwood will start with a formal patriotic service, held by the Pecan Valley Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League. The flag-raising ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the flag pole at the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom on the Howard Payne University campus, near the intersection of Austin and Coggin avenues. The public is invited.

If Comanche goes forward with the entertainment portion of its 17th annual Fourth of July Celebration 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.

The 12th annual Freedom Festival sponsored by the Rising Star Chamber of Commerce will begin at 10 a.m.

Rising Star has scheduled its Fourth of July celebration at Rising Star City Park today that will feature 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 at dusk. Country and western music will be performed throughout the day, and 80 Proof will entertain after the parade that will begin at 6 p.m.

Members of the Brownwood Rotary Club will be putting out flags today, weather permitting, but the club’s noon luncheon will not be held due to the holiday.

Most governmental and professional offices will be closed today, except for emergency service departments and agencies.

Brownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste. Residents with blue or green carts should see the red tag attached to the cart for collection day. The Brownwood Recycling Center and Landfill will also be closed today and will reopen on Thursday. For problems related to water or sewer service within the City of Brownwood, customers may call 646-6000 at any time.

The city of Early will be closed today in observance of Independence Day. Trash routes will be picked up on Thursday.