Two nights of fireworks at Lake Brownwood

Kevin Holamon
Independence Day

Area residents will have two opportunities to catch fireworks displays at Lake Brownwood, this weekend.

On Friday night, Mountain View Marina is hosting at 301 Mountain View Lane, off of FM 3021 east of the 4H Center. The fireworks show will begin at about dusk.

General Manager, Tom Kirby said there are no admission or parking fees. RV sites are available for for those who wish to stay the weekend and the fishing and swimming areas are open to the public, also with no fees. 

The store will be open for beverage and snack purchases, and barbecue will be served on a donation basis. 

"We'll have a DJ playing music, too," Kirby said, "It should be a good time for everyone."

The Wild Duck Marina will host Saturday night's fireworks show, along with live performances by Boone Cook and the Remains, followed by Brandon Rhyder.

The bands are scheduled to begin playing at 6 p.m. and the fireworks at dusk. There is a $20 admission fee to the marina, which includes the concert and front row seat for the fireworks. 

There are areas from where people can view the fireworks for free, including Flatrock Park and the Lake Brownwood Dam area.

Lake Patrol Lieutenant Scotty Burke said the area surrounding their office will be open for free parking and viewing, although the parking lot across from the loading ramp is reserved for boaters' vehicles.

The Lake Brownwood State Park camping sites and cabins are all reserved, but day visitors are welcome, with the standard entrance fees of $4 per person age 13 and over. 12 and under admitted at no charge.

Park Superintendent John Holland reminds guests that only the Saturday night fireworks display is visible from the park. The park will remain open longer than usual, Saturday night.

"We are staying late Saturday night to allow guests to come to view the fireworks," Holland said, "but they need to be aware that there will be about a half-mile walk from the parking area to the south beach."

Holland said those with disabilities may be dropped off much closer, but parking will require some walking.