Fireworks mean fun, freedom to local veteran

Spectators at the fireworks show in Port O'Connor talk about Independence Day.
  • Schedule for Monday's Fourth of July events in the CrossroadsFourth of July Fireworks Show, Victoria

    6 p.m. - Stewart Mann and the Statesboro Revue, an acoustic group with a rock, blues and country vibe, will kick off the festivities.

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  • Schedule for Monday's Fourth of July events in the CrossroadsFourth of July Fireworks Show, Victoria

    6 p.m. - Stewart Mann and the Statesboro Revue, an acoustic group with a rock, blues and country vibe, will kick off the festivities.

    8:30 p.m. - Charla Corn, of Fort Worth, will headline the concert. She made it to Hollywood in Season 2 of Fox's "American Idol" and was a finalist in Season 6 of NBC's "Nashville Star."

    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

    After the fireworks until 10:30 p.m. - Rhythm of the Road will round out the evening

    WHERE: Victoria Mall, north side of JC Penney

    COST: Free

    Star Spangled Spectacular, GonzalesWHEN: 9:15 p.m.

    WHERE: J.B. Wells Park, Gonzales

    FOR MORE INFO: cityofgonzales.org

    Annual fireworks show, CueroWHEN: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Live music by Tommy Schlein will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m; fireworks at 9 p.m.

    WHERE: Cuero Municipal Park

    Grace Episcopal Church Family Fun Carnival, CueroWHEN : 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    WHERE: Cuero Municipal Park

    EVENTS: Young Patriots parade, concessions, children's activities, raffle; watermelon seed spittin' contest at 11:30 a.m. Hula Hoop contest at noon

    Proceeds benefit Keep Cuero Beautiful and the Grace Episcopal Church New Priest Fund

    Coleto Creek Power Firework Presentation, GoliadWHEN: 9 p.m.

    WHERE: 365 Coleto Park Road in Fannin. Doors open at 7 p.m. for parking, the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

    HOW MUCH: An $8 entry fee for non-Goliad County residents. To get the fee waived, you must present proof of county residence

    The Woodsboro Lion's Club Fourth of July celebrationWHEN: The free celebration kicks off with a parade around the square at 10 a.m. Food, arts and crafts will be available, as well as a water slide and moon jumps for the kids, and other games.

    WHERE: Woodsboro Veterans Memorial Park, formerly known as the square.

    PARADE AND FIREWORK, BAYSIDEWHEN: Parade at 4 p.m. Parade will go down Third Street, toward the end of town and down to the bay front to the park. From 4 to 8 p.m. Pot luck and free food and refreshments. The night will end with a firework display over the water.

    WHERE: Bayfront in Bayside

PORT O'CONNOR - David Cortright continued his holiday tradition of watching the fireworks with his family Saturday evening.

The festivities mean more to Cortright than just something fun to do. To him, it represents freedom.

"Some of the little kids may not know what the Fourth of July represents. It's our Independence Day," he said. Cortright even took a vacation this weekend so he can celebrate.

For the last 15 years, he's celebrated the national holiday with his family. The Mission Valley resident said the firework show at the King Fisher Front Beach Park is one of the prettiest shows he's ever seen.

Saturday evening, the Cortrights and thousands of spectators anxiously awaited the explosive spectacle.

Lawn chairs and blankets covered the bayfront area. Some sand castles built by little patriots popped up in between people and chairs.

As soon as it turned dark, people began to light sparklers, and then came the fireworks. Each one launched appeared to fade then, just before it had disappeared, it exploded in bright colors. The volatile sounds were a contrast to the bay's calm waters. The fireworks made heart-stopping sounds for about 45 minutes.

Festival lovers, young and old, oohed and ahhed as fireworks changed colors and stretched across the sky. To add to the effect, there were brief but dramatic pauses to let spectators catch their breath. Some fireworks sparkled like a chandelier.

The glittery ones were Lisa Cortright's favorites.

"I like the gold-looking ones," she said.

Although, the show was a beautiful sight, Cortright remembers the men and women of service. During the holiday weekend, the father of two flies American and POW-MIA flags in his bright-orange Jeep.

"I meet Vietnam veterans who tell me how much they like to see it," he said. It's his way of paying homage to them.

The 46-year-old father served in the Coast Guard for two years.

Cortright said he enjoyed the show in Port O' Connor. And on Monday evening, he said, he will take his family to the fireworks show at the Victoria Mall. He plans to have more fun with wife, Lisa, and teenagers, Cody and Ashley.

The Inteplast shift supervisor said he doesn't plan to compare the shows. But he said one thing will remain consistent: "You'll probably see me in this Jeep with the flags in the air."