Wednesday night the Van Alstyne High School parking lot filled up again with vehicles, ice chests and picnic dinners, and families, as people gather to take part in the July 4th celebration, fireworks sponsored by the city of Van Alstyne and presented by Davis & Miller Fireworks Co. of Gunter.

With it only being 10 days past summer solstice and the longest day of the year, the festivities will kick off as dusk sets at about 8:45 p.m. Get there early to claim a family spot and set up the lawn chairs.

According to Greg Davis of David & Miller the fireworks last about 30 minutes.

The finale will include a new rocket, a three-inch shell that will be even louder and brighter than the others. But Davis said because they are all set up about 300 to 400 feet away from the crowd, using the field just north of the school and the parking lot, it will probably be safe to the ears.

Opening act again this year, Ashley Walker will sing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The Van Alstyne Fire Department will be on scene, with emergency vehicles, as a precaution. Police officers help with in-and-out traffic.

This event is free to the public.