Gulf Coast residents continue holiday partying
July 6, 2013 at 2:06 a.m.
Calhoun County Independence Day celebrations
Beachgoers awaiting Port O'Connor's fireworks celebration and attendees of Freedom Fest in Port Lavaca talk about what freedom means to them.
PORT O'CONNOR - Long before the first firework blasted into the night sky, the beaches at Port O'Connor were filled with life as people bathed in the warm ocean, barbecued under the summer sun and built sandcastles along the shore.
Even though Fourth of July was Thursday, the celebration continued straight into the weekend in true Texas style.
For 23-year-old Sabastian Kucera, Fourth of July should be a vacation.
"Why should it just be one day?" he asked.
A thought most beachgoers agreed with.
Luis Rangel and his wife, Priscilla, said extending the holiday into the weekend provided some much needed relaxation.
The couple sat at the edge of the water as their small children dumped buckets of sand at their feet.
"So relaxing," Luis Rangel said, smiling.
In Port Lavaca, event promoter Frank Salazar banked on the idea of turning the Fourth of July into a weekend with his event, Freedom Fest.
The daylong event brought food trucks, bounce houses and live music to a town, Salazar said, that didn't have much going on for the Fourth.
Cassandra Resendez said she loved the idea of the festival because it was geared toward families.
"It keeps people in Port Lavaca," she said.
While most of the guests came out to listen to Tejano rockers Intocable, one of the busiest attractions was a simple game in which contestants tossed washers into a three-hole box.
Each hole was worth a certain number of points, and the goal of the game was to reach 21 points without going over.
First-timer George Cobos said it wasn't as easy as it looked. If a contestant goes over 21, they bust and drop down to 11 points.
"I busted twice the first game," Cobos said, shaking his head.
Kucera, who celebrates every Fourth of July in Port O'Connor, said we all should remember what the holiday represents.
"If it's on a Thursday, make it a weekend," he said. "Keep the celebration going."