Annual fireworks show still on, but lakeside concerts canceled
Polk County Enterprise, June 2007
ONALASKA — The rockets’ red glare will once again burst in the air over the 190 causeway in Onalaska, marking the city’s 30th Independence Day celebration.
The new owners of the former Lakeside Marina have several construction projects under way at the site, so no vehicles will be permitted in the viewing area, Onalaska Mayor Lew Vail said.
Due to logistical problems stemming from the construction, the concerts traditional performed by the Community Band and choir have been canceled this year, organizers announced Tuesday.
But Onalaska community leaders are dedicated to continuing the community’s trademark event and the fireworks show will continue.
Buses will begin shuttling spectators to the viewing area at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, Vail said. The buses will be equipped to accommodate the needs of any spectators with mobility problems, Vail added.
Vail uses a wheelchair as he goes about his official duties. He told attendees at a planning meeting Tuesday that only the heaviest wheelchairs used by quadriplegics cannot be lifted onto the Brazos Transit buses.
In addition to the Lakeview fireworks viewing area, Vail said spectators can watch the spectacle from the grassy area alongside 190 at Bridgeview Subdivision.
That area has room to seat 200 to 300 people, Vail said.
Spectators are encouraged to be in place by 9 p.m. and bring a lawnchair or other seating, he added. The fireworks will begin between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m.
Funding for the event comes strictly from donations and contributions are still being accepted to make this year’s fireworks show a true “Salute to America.” Donations may be dropped off at Onalaska City Hall or mailed to: Fireworks Committee, P.O. Box 880, Onalaska, TX 77360.
Parking is off-site only. Signs will be posted to show where visitors may park to catch one of the shuttles that will take them to the celebration site.