The fireworks ban during last year’s Independence Day spoiled plans for many San Antonians. But, residents can officially start planning their celebrations for this July 4th to make up for lost time.
With some rainfall in the area since February, the city steered clear of the state law deadline to declare a fireworks sales ban on June 15th. At this point, the weather would have to take a turn for the worse in order for the county to seek a disaster declaration, which would allow the county judge to halt the sale and use of fireworks.
One of the newest Fourth of July celebrations set to take place is the first annual Stars and Stripes Over San Antonio, put on by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. The chamber hopes the event will attract 50,000 people to HemisFair Park where they will enjoy fireworks, live music, food and drinks. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with the fireworks show scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
In a press release Chamber Chairman Jim Greenwood, Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Valero Energy, said he is excited to be involved with bringing an Independence Day celebration back to Downtown San Antonio. “We all have childhood memories of watching fireworks in our hometowns on July 4th – through The Chamber, we’ll give our city the same, long-lasting American tradition,” he said.
Also on the agenda, Woodlawn Lake will continue its annual celebration presented by the San Antonio Parks Foundation. Their fireworks show will begin at its usual time around 9 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy games, music, food and a parade starting at 11 a.m. This year the July 4th celebration will include an H-E-B Military Appreciation Zone where a free lunch will be served for active or retired military and their families from noon to 2 p.m.
If you’re looking to stay closer to home, The Club at Sonterra, located at 901 Sonterra Blvd. will be displaying its annual fireworks show around 9:15 p.m. Although the actual celebration is limited to club members, the display can be seen from most parts of Stone Oak.
What: Star & Stripes Over San Antonio
Where: HemisFair Park 200 S. Alamo
Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
What: Woodlawn Lake Park 4th of July Celebration
Where: 1103 Cincinnati
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.
What: Firework display
Where: The Club at Sonterra
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Admission: Party for members only. Viewing the fireworks from your own backyard is FREE!