Victoria fireworks show set to light up sky
June 29, 2012 at 1:29 a.m.
Updated June 30, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.
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Victoria July Fourth fireworks show
• WHEN: Wednesday
• Time: 6 p.m. - Concert; 9:30 p.m. - Fireworks show; 10 p.m. - Concert
• WHERE: Victoria Mall parking lot
• COST: Free
Not fazed by scorching heat or drought conditions, the City of Victoria is partnering with Hartman Distributing Co. to put together an Independence Day residents can remember.
The night's festivities will include performances by Reckless Kelly and Jeremy Halliburton, before and after the fireworks show, said Keith Benedict, recreation specialist for the city.
Such a July Fourth celebration is important for community camaraderie, said Connally McKay, a Victoria resident.
"There is just a lot of diversity here, and it is good for a large group of people to come together and celebrate," McKay said.
His family plans to attend the event this year because his 3-year-old son will enjoy the fireworks.
Food and drink vendors, set up by Hartman Distributing, will line the Victoria Mall parking lot, the concert and viewing area.
Drink proceeds from the event will go to Victoria Adopt-A-Pet.
This is the first year for Adopt-A-Pet to participate, said Renee Wheeler, director of the organization. Because the agency has a policy never to turn away a dog or cat that needs spaying or neutering, Wheeler said the money raised is important in covering costs.
The 30-minute fireworks show, starting at 9:30 p.m., is made up of 400 3-inch shells, 300 4-inch shells, 200 5-inch shells, 120 6-inch shells and a finale of 461 randomized shells.
The city and Hartman Distributing are spending $25,000 for the show - $14,000 from the city and $11,000 from Hartman.
Born and raised in Victoria, McKay said even when his family goes outside city limits to shoot off their own fireworks, they can still see the Victoria show from a distance.
"Whether or not we were there at the show, we always saw it on our back," McKay said.
He think the location, next to Loop 463, is perfect for even those passing by to enjoy the fireworks.
For those wishing to set off their own fireworks, the Victoria County Fire Marshal's Office is opening a controlled environment at Saxet Lake from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday. They will have fire trucks on standby for emergencies, said Fire Chief Ron Pray.
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