The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.

— Woodrow Wilson

While the Americans reminded themselves Friday that the Revolution that was begun in 1776 is still under way — after all, this is an election year — the celebrations connected with the Fourth of July this year aren’t over yet either. Not by a long shot.

So don’t be so quick to put away those red, white and blue outfits, the U.S. flags and leftover fireworks. The 232nd birthday party for the nation we’ve come to know and love as the United States of America is a party that’s going to continue throughout the weekend.

Or, at least through tonight.

Spectacular X2

at Feather Bay

The Lake Brownwood Fireworks Spectacular X2 is tonight. This year’s event will feature the traditional fireworks visible from the lake, but there will also be a second, simultaneous show fired from a peak nearby. According to Emily Crawford, director of tourism at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, spectators on the land and on the water will have quite an experience.

Another change to this year’s event is the addition of a boat parade and ski exhibition prior to the fireworks show.

“We invite everyone to join us for the ‘most extreme’ fireworks show in Central Texas on Saturday, July Fifth at Feather Bay Subdivision,” Crawford said.

The land-based viewing will be in the same location as last year, just off Highway 2632 at the Feather Bay Subdivision. Admission is $5 per vehicle. There will be two gates for entry and exit this year. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the show is expected to begin at dark, around 9:15 p.m.

The main entrance, at the intersection of Highway 2632 and FM 3021, will be for the general public. The second entrance, located north of the main gate on Highway 2632, will be reserved for VIPs and property owners.

When that show’s over,

there’s more to come

Sandy Beach will stage its own fireworks show at “dark-30,” according to Fran McDuff, who said its presentation will be timed to begin at the conclusion of the display from Feather Bay.

“We decided to do so it won’t conflict,” McDuff said.

The fireworks will be set off from the very point of the beach, away from the area where people are camped for the weekend, ensuring their safety. So after watching the Feather Bay display, just turn your attention toward Sandy Beach.

Barbecue for dinner

The American Legion Post 470 at North Lake Brownwood is holding their traditional barbecue brisket, sausage and chicken dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday, July 5, at the North Lake American Legion Hall, located at Harbor Point. To get there, take Farm-To-Market Road 2273 to County Road 422, and the hall is on the first road to the right. Dinner tickets are $8 per plate, and $4 for children younger than 12. The hall is smoke-free. Admission to the dance is $5 and no one younger than 18 will be admitted. Adults 21 and older will be allowed to bring their own coolers and alcoholic beverages to the dance.

Benefit for Spinks and band

The Heart of Texas Country Music Association is hosting a benefit show and dance for Kelly Spinks and Miles of Texas from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady. Admission is a suggested $15 donation. All proceeds will be given to Kelly Spinks and the Miles of Texas band to help with expenses while the group recovers from injuries sustained in a recent auto accident.

Fund-raiser for missions

Crosslines Coffeehouse will hold a fund-raising art auction event to help support a mission trip to the Phillippines from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 709 Clark. Enjoy art, music, exceptional coffee favorites and beverages.

Regular events, holiday or not

• The Brown County Farmers Market opens at 7 a.m. under the Bill Monroe Overpass on Austin Avenue at the corner of Avenue A and Brady Avenue. It is open at this time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call Todd Price at 646-1422.

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

• Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.

• The Home Depot has a Kids Workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on the first Saturday of each month. Youngsters ages 5 and older are invited to participate with their parents. For more information, call 643-1381.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host a dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Dance and listen to the music of George Allison and Friends. A snack bar will be open. No alcohol is allowed. Cost is $4 per person.