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July 4th, 2009
Take in fireworks shows to celebrate the Fourth


Amid a years-long drought recently upgraded from extreme to extraordinary, officials are urging locals to avoid private fireworks shows and opt to celebrate July 4 by viewing one of several public spectaculars in the corridor cities.

San Marcos, Kyle and Buda all ban fireworks in the city limits and violators face hefty fines. Penalties can be up to $2,000, for example, in San Marcos.

“Local ordinance prohibits the possession or use of fireworks in San Marcos and within a mile of the city limits,” Mayor Narvaiz said. “In addition, we are well into the second year of a severe drought. The extremely dry conditions pose a severe fire danger that should make everyone take precautions.”

Independence Day events scheduled for tomorrow include:

San Marcos

Saturday’s  Summerfest Celebration at San Marcos Plaza Park will feature a public fireworks display “bigger and better than ever,” said festival co-chairs Lisa Morris and Rebecca Ramirez.

Fireworks will be staged from the parking lot behind the baseball/ softball stadium at the Texas State University-San Marcos campus beginning at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4.

Great viewing will be possible at a variety of locations, including San Marcos Plaza Park, the Activity Center, Library, City Hall and the Strahan Collesium parking lot. Residents can also tune into KTSW 89.9 radio to hear the simulcast of music accompanying the fireworks display.

See the San Marcos Summerfest Web site for a full run-down of the Independence Day events here.


Red White N Buda starts at 5 p.m. at Buda City Park and includes a fireworks display at nightfall. Sponsored by the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce, the day’s events also include a kids’ parade, live music with the Sax Quartet and a variety of food vendors.


Hang out at the city pool until 7 p.m. and then get something to eat before heading to the city of Kyle and HEB’s firework show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Viewing spots are available at Gregg-Clark Park for the display. Parking is available on the grass field below the football field in Gregg-Clarke Park. Enter from Center Street across from Cisneros Street. Parking is also available on the Gregg-Clarke Park football field on Ranger Road.

Then look toward the water tower next to Wallace Middle School and take in the show.

For information, see the Independence Day Celebration Fireworks page on the city of Kyle’s Web site here.

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