“The Boomin’ 4th” will again be hosted by the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, celebrating our nation's birthday with an Independence Day extravaganza. The celebration will be held at 6 p.m. on Thurs., July 4, at the Gene L. Voyles Park, 210 North Lakeshore Drive, Hudson Oaks.“The Chamber Board of Directors and staff are excited about the second annual Boomin’ 4th event; each year it will continue to grow and be the most dynamic fireworks show in Parker County,” Chamber President Lisa Flowers said. “We have a community of sponsors that help the Chamber bring the [event] to fruition, we could not do it without our sponsors.”The family-fun event will feature a live music performance by the recording artist Katy Keenie, featured on Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40. “I am excited about returning for the second Boomin’ 4th event,” Keenie said. “ Our band had a great time last year.”Special guest Dana Bowman will be parachuting into the event. Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination and will to succeed. He is a retired Sgt. First Class with the U.S. Army where he was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. Bowman is a double amputee; he lost his legs in an accident during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Ariz., in 1994. Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the U.S. Army. Bowman re-enlisted in the airborne style, skydiving with his commander into the ceremony, making his dream a reality. Bowman has been amazing people in hundreds of jumps since the accident.The event will host several arts and crafts booths for children’s activities, face-painting sponsored by Aledo Church of Christ, fire safety tips from the Parker County ESD No.3, CASA of Parker County will be on hand, as well as Myser Orthodontics. Myser will have T-shirts, cups and glow necklaces and Kids Korner will be providing lots of glowing mohawks and bubble guns.Bring a family picnic or enjoy some of the fantastic samplings from the food vendors. On hand will be plenty of hot dogs, nachos, corn dogs, barbeque and, of course, lots of cold sweet tea, snow cones and for the sweet tooth, some delectable gourmet cupcakes.The grand finale will be an impressive 25-minute rousing fireworks display sponsored by Jerry’s GM and Charlie Gilchrist’s Southwest Auto Group. The display will be produced by Atlas Enterprises, Inc., renowned in the industry, and promises to light up the skyline. Guaranteed to produce a lot of “oohs” and “ahs.”“Building on the success of last year’s event that drew a crowd in excess of 6,500, we are adding several extra shuttles to help expedite the flow of traffic,” Kay Huse, marketing and event specialists for the Chamber said. “We will have six shuttle buses located at Wal-Mart, 2801 E. I-20, Hudson Oaks. We appreciate Wal-Mart allowing us to use their parking lot for guests to park-n-ride.”Ice chests are welcome, but no glass bottles or pop-up tents please. Come early for the perfect spot; bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Shuttles start at 5 p.m. Don’t miss this free community event. For more information: www.boomin4th.com or call the Chamber at 817-441-7844.