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City prepares for sparks to fly on 4th of July

There’s a first coming for Weatherford and its happening on the fourth - of July that is.

In just a couple of weeks, the City of Weatherford will be kicking off a much talked about Fourth of July event known as Spark in the Park. It will mark the first-ever fireworks show put on by the City, organizers say, and it's free to the public.

But the event is more than just fireworks, parks director Shannon Goodman said.

Beginning at 4 p.m., gates will open, for families to come and visit a variety of arts and crafts vendors located in the middle lot of Heritage Park, adjacent to the amphitheater, where the fireworks show will later take place.

“There will also be two kids areas, one at the amphitheater, and one in the middle lot with bounce houses, a climbing wall, face painting, horseshoe pitching and bean bag tossing,” Goodman said. “I would suggest arriving between 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. to pick out an area to sit.”

Both food parks will be open with 14 vendors serving all types of eating choices.

Tommy Alverson will take the stage about 4 p.m. at the amphitheater; Charlie Robison will go on at 7p.m. and finish about 9 p.m.

“We have choreographed music that will play during the fireworks show and Chuck FM will broadcast the music on 89.5 for anyone in town to be able to hear, while viewing the show," Goodman added.

Fireworks, arranged and put on by Pyro Shows of Fort Worth, will start between 9:15 p.m. - 9:30pm. It will be a “high altitude” show using up to 6-inch shells which will detonate about 600 feet high and be visible for three to four miles. The show will last 17 minutes and be viewable from multiple locations around town.

Goodman said Shep’s Place and Sweet Springs Winery will be selling alcohol at the amphitheater area and that no other alcohol will be allowed. Tailgating will be allowed in the north and south lots of Heritage Park. Lawn seating will be allowed in any of the green space through Heritage Park. Free parking with shuttle service will be available at Weatherford College.

Pop-up canopies, umbrellas or tents are not allowed in the amphitheater area.

“We recommend you bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting,” Goodman said. “There will be a no-access area marked around the farm and ranch lot for the control of the fireworks setup.”

Lance Winter: 817-594-9902, Ext. 102,

Twitter: @LanceWinter

Details

For more details view the City of Weatherford’s website at weatherfordtx.gov/spark.

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