Loud and proud — that’s what the City of Van Alstyne is planning for its yearly 4th of July fireworks celebration.
Being coordinated by the Van Alstyne Fire Department, fireworks will light up the night sky at Van Alstyne High School on July 4.
City Manager Frank Baker, who also serves as volunteer fire chief, said it is Miller Fireworks who always adds a “terrific finale” to its 30-minute show. That will begin about 30 minutes after dark, but people can begin arriving long before then. The best parking is in the lot behind the high school, Baker said.
At this point, there will not be any food trucks or other ways to get refreshments, but people can bring non-alcoholic “personal refreshments” in a cooler. If a food vendor wishes to set up, he should contact city hall as soon as possible, Baker said.
Baker asks that people pack out their trash.
“The ISD is kind enough to allow us to use the venue,” he said.
Also, no restrooms will be available. There is no charge for the event.
Van Alstyne firefighters will be on hand to oversee the safety of the night, and will also respons to any calls inside and outside the event. Baker said the police department is handling “safety and security of the attendees.”
Why fireworks on the 4th of July? An online look at Slate.com said it’s because, “John Adams wanted us to.”
Before the Declaration of Independence was even sighed, Adams envisioned fireworks as part of the festivities. He wrote to his wife, Abigail Adams, on July 3, 1776, the site said, “that the occasion should be commemorated with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfire, and illuminatins from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
The next year’s show in 1777 began and ended with 13 rockets, and it was all done with “order and decorum and the face of joy and gladness was universal,” wrote the Pennsylvania Evening Post.
This 4th of July fireworks in Van Alstyne is an event residents look forward to all year.
“We do this to celebrate the independence of our great nation,” Baker said.