Updated 07/03/2012 01:00 PM
Central Texans make preparations for Independence Day
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The sounds of the Fourth of July can be heard loud and clear this season.
It's good news for those in the fireworks business, like Half Price Fireworks Owner Thomas Brownson.
"This year, we've gotten a little rain. We're starting to see some burn bans around but no fireworks bans in Travis County," Brownson said. "We have to defend our industry over and over again in drought conditions, yet people who sell charcoal or cigarettes or other things that cause fire are never banned or never in question."
For those who love to pop fireworks, they're just as excited to learn sales are on this year. Still pyrotechnic enthusiasts can understand where others are concerned.
"The reaction it gets from the crowd. I love it. It's fun to do," Customer Kevin Farrell said. "We'll have fire extinguishers on hand. I'll have several people helping me kind of keep watch."
An Independence Day tradition that is sure to light up the sky and hopefully nothing else.
Here’s a list of events going on around Central Texas:
Austin Symphony's July 4th Concert and Fireworks
Thousands are expected to show up for the Austin Symphony's July 4th Concert and Fireworks show. The evening promises patriotic music including the 1812 overture and a huge fireworks display. The symphony will begin playing at 8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
4th of July – Cedar Park
Come celebrate 4th of July with us and enjoy a dance with live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, carnival games, hamster balls, video games, laser tag, quad jump, Races2u, spinner ride and rock wall.The event is free to the public.
July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration – Round Rock
A parade, fireworks, new carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park and skydivers are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July 4th Frontier Days Celebration.
It’s a day of fun with an annual parade, pony rides, inflatables, arts and crafts vendors, Ballet Folklorico dancers and a re-enactment of the historical Sam Bass Shootout, all leading up to the annual fireworks celebration and Movies in the Park!
This event is free for the entire family. The event starts with a parade at 10 a.m. and continues with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
4th of July in San Gabriel Park – Georgetown
Come celebrate SERTOMA's 29th Annual 4th of July in San Gabriel Park from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., sponsored by the Georgetown Sertoma Club. Entertainment will be provided for the entire family throughout the day. The event finishes with a “Spectacular Fireworks Finale” at dusk.
The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with over 60 Arts and Craft booths, 20 Food vendors. Kiddie rides, Bounce Houses and games along with a Petting Zoo are provided for the children. Musical entertainment, featuring some of the best local and central Texas talent, will begin at the Gazebo at 12 noon and will continue all day. A "Hometown Parade", sponsored by the Leadership Georgetown Alumni begins at 11 a.m. at the low water crossing, ending at the Gazebo.
The 4th of July Celebration is free to all who come to beautiful San Gabriel Park on the San Gabriel River in the heart of Georgetown. It normally attracts 4,000 to 5,000 people to the park throughout the day. Admission is free to the park. Around 9:30 p.m. people will populate all the parking lots and high ground to view the "Fabulous Fireworks Finale" provided by GWPyro. Approximately 50,000 people view the display from the various viewing venues.
Freedom Fest – Fort Hood
At Freedom Fest, Come enjoy the most spectacular fireworks display in Central Texas and the best Fourth of July celebration at the largest military installation in the free world. Get excited as we celebrate our love for the Red, White and Blue on carnival rides, listen to live music, enjoy games and activities for the entire Family.
Kelly Clarkson is set to take the stage at 7:40 p.m. and Fireworks are set to begin around 9:25 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Annual Summerfest 2012 - San Marcos
The City of San Marcos is hosting the most exciting community independence celebration along the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River. This FREE event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children's activities, children's costume competition and parade.
Summerfest will be held on the grounds of San Marcos Plaza Park, same location as Sights of Sounds of Christmas. Rain or shine, festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a variety of musical and family entertainment until 10 p.m.
For more free events for Fourth of July around Central Texas click here.