Breckenridge Texan

Wrapped in Old Glory

Wrapped in Old Glory
July 04
08:34 2019

Stephens County and Breckenridge are observing the United States Independence Day today with a flag-draped courthouse. Many local government offices and businesses are closed for the holiday.

Although there are not any public fireworks displays planned for Stephens County, fireworks are for sale and are legal to be set off on private property in the county, outside of the city limits. It is illegal to discharge fireworks inside the city of Breckenridge. For more information, click here to read the Breckenridge Texan article.

Several area communities are having fireworks shows today and this weekend.

Today, July 4, Woodson will host the sixth annual Woodson FFA Fourth of July Blowout at the Woodson Community Center. The gates will open at 5 p.m. The Woodson FFA will be serving chopped brisket sandwiches, beans, potato salad, coleslaw, deviled eggs, and iced tea for a donation. Additionally, there will be homemade ice cream, cobbler and other desserts for sale. There will also be live music, vendors, food vendors, raffle items and more. The fireworks show is scheduled to start just after sunset.

Abilene will host the second annual Freedom Festival at the Taylor County Expo Center. The event will include concerts, vendors, food trucks, a car and motorcycle show and more. The gates will open at noon Thursday, July 4, and the fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Ticket costs range from $5 to $30, depending on the package purchased; general admission for adults (age 16+) costs $10, general admission for kids (6-15) costs $5, and kids age 5 and under will be admitted at no charge.

Mineral Wells will host a fireworks show on July 4 at Ram Stadium beginning shortly after sunset. The event will be free to the public. Prior to the fireworks show, there will be a block party beginning at 7 p.m. in downtown Mineral Wells with music, food vendors, bounce houses and other activities for kids.

On Saturday, July 6, the Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show at Possum Kingdom Lake is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. The PK Chamber of Commerce says that the show can be viewed boat on the water or from the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, which is located at the end of Park Road 36. At the YMCA camp, there will be concessions, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blanket. The YMCA gate will open at 6:30 p.m. and will be closed to incoming traffic at 8:45 p.m. (no exceptions). Alcoholic beverages and pets will be prohibited. The YMCA camp area will not be accessible by boat.


Cutline, top photo: A large American flag is on display at the Stephens County courthouse in honor of Independence Day. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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