Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 2, 2013

A blowout like no other

Independence Day celebrations abound in county

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

ATHENS — July 4th will be the 237th birthday of the United States.  Fireworks around the county will light up the sky.  It won't be hard to find a July 4 celebration in Henderson County.

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) will light up the sky on July 4 with the annual fireworks show.  Free admission for the firework show will start at 4 p.m. Visitors can fish in the stock pond while waiting for the fireworks show.

The show will begin at dark. Parking is available in the main TFFC parking lot and in an overflow parking area on Peninsula Point Road. For information and directions to TFFC, call 903-676-2277.

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake will once again put on the largest airshow over water on Saturday, July 6. The annual airshow is at Pinnacle Golf Club. If you own a boat, you can watch the show from Cedar Creek Lake. There is VIP seating available at Pinnacle Club. Contact Gayle Robinson or Patty Evans at 903-451-5054 for ticket information. The airshow is a fundraiser for Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation.

Gun Barrel City will host its annual July Fest starting on July 4 with a carnival at the park in GBC. The fireworks show will take place on Saturday, July 6, in the park. The city has set the display for 10 p.m. Vanilla Ice and Kevin Fowler will be performing at the Amphitheater at the Gun Barrel City Park.

The Seven Points Volunteer Fire Department plans a fireworks show on Thursday. The show will take place behind Seven Points City Hall and Fire Department. Organizers say the show will begin at dusk or when it gets dark.

Life Fellowship Church near Athens will celebrate its annual Freedom Fest on Friday, July 5. The festival is a free event open to the public. Enjoy water slides, snow cones and live music free. You will be able to purchase hamburgers and hotdogs. That evening, the sky will be ablaze with a firework show. Life Fellowship is located at U.S. Highway 175 and 8881 County Road 3918 (one mile off Loop 7 on the right). The church organizers say you won't be able to miss it. Look for the flags and tents.

There won’t be fireworks, but Athens also will host the 17th annual Bradley Street 4th of July Parade. The procession will include decorated wagons, strollers and bicycles. Community members are encouraged to fly the flag or just sit along the curb and enjoy the festivities.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Homemade ice cream, cookies, watermelon and hot dogs will be served following the parade. Special music and a salute to veterans will follow the parade. Call Rita Curington at 903-675-2584 for more information.