Mansfield News

City ready to rock the 4th

City employees pass out flags at Rockin’ 4th.
City employees pass out flags at Rockin’ 4th. File photo

Mansfield plans to celebrate Independence Day with a bang, a spark and probably at least a couple of fireballs.

Extreme Pyrotechnics has been hired again this year to produce an explosive 22-minute fireworks show at the free Rockin’ 4th of July celebration, set for 7-10 p.m. Sunday at Big League Dreams.

“I’m sure there will be many 911 calls,” said Angie Henley, the city’s cultural arts/special events supervisor, referring to the alarms that spread every time the Mansfield company produces the city fireworks shows.

Residents shouldn’t worry, even if fireballs shoot into the air, she says, they’re part of the show.

“This is a great event,” Henley said. “Bring the whole family for free activities for kids and adults and a fireworks show you will not want to miss.”

Before the big boom, the city has hours of activities slated, including cover band High Definition rocking on the main stage, and School of Rock and Texas Tumble Tots performing on a second stage in the children’s area. The kids’ area will be spreading out, too, taking up three softball fields with inflatables, a 24-foot climbing wall called Power Mountain and a surf machine, where participants ride a surfboard as long as they can stand before plunging into the inflatable below.

“It’s similar to a surf board mechanical bull,” Henley said. “So when you fall off, you bounce.”

And there will be food, stationed in booths around the park and in the Diamond Club -- burgers, hot dogs, nachos and cotton candy, Henley said.

Although the annual event is free, Henley advises bringing money to buy food, plus attendees might want to bring bug spray, sunscreen and chairs or blankets to get comfortable. Leave food, coolers and pets at home, though.

The city is expecting 12,000 for the yearly party, which can get confusing when they all want to leave after the fireworks show. Plus, there’s the construction on nearby Texas 360. There will be no parking at Big League Dreams, so people are asked to park at Newsom Stadium, 3700 E. Broad St. Free shuttles will run before and after the event.

“We will have two stations this year, one at the front gate and one near Wrigley Field and Sportsman’s Park,” Henley said. “We will have eight bus lines trying to better service the people when they’re getting out.

“Getting 12,000 people out at the same time takes a little time,” she said. “If they could please be patient with us, we would appreciate it.”

Rockin’ 4th

7-10 p.m. Sunday, July 3

Big League Dreams

500 Heritage Parkway

Parking at Newsom Stadium, 3700 E. Broad St.