More boom expected in Victoria's fireworks display

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

July 1, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.
Updated July 2, 2014 at 2:02 a.m.

Victoria's fireworks display Friday will be slightly longer than last year's.

The fireworks will be synchronized to music that plays over the Victoria Community Center grounds, said Jay Soule, Hartman Distributing Co. special event coordinator.

Hartman Distributing Co. is the co-sponsor of the event.

The Independence Day festivities will include performances by Texas Rhythm, Bleu Edmondson and Rhythm of the Road. The firework show starts at 9:30 p.m.

All of the proceeds from beer and soft drink sales will go to Victoria Adopt-A-Pet. This year will mark the third year the nonprofit has received proceeds from the Fourth of July event.

About 10 Victoria Adopt-A-Pet volunteers will operate the drink booth, said Victoria Adopt-a-Pet director Renee Wheeler.

To offset Victoria Adopt-A-Pet's expense in buying a liquor license for the event, the $50 fee that vendors pay to participate in the festivities also go to the nonprofit. Money raised from the event goes toward the nonprofit's low-cost spay and neuter program, Wheeler said.

"Our goal is to spay and neuter as many dogs and cats as we can because those unwanted kittens and puppies all end up at animal control or dumped on the side of the road," she said.

Since the low-cost spay and neuter program began, Victoria Adopt-A-Pet has spayed more than 27,000 animals. Of those, more than 10,000 were female cats.

"You can imagine if all 10,000 of those female cats kept reproducing in their lifetime what we'd be up against," Wheeler said.

The Fourth of July festivities kick off at 6 p.m. at the Victoria Community Center grounds, 2905 E. North St.

The grounds offer attendees plenty of parking and access to find a spot to watch the fireworks display, said Victoria Parks and Recreation assistant director Danielle Williams.

"You can sit in the nice grass lawn out there, and there's plenty of room for people to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks," Williams said.



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