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July 3, 2013

July sky to sparkle & pop Thursday

Surprise promised, safety stressed

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"We're worried about areas with high grass or heavy trees," he said. "Things are drying out every day. I'm also concerned about roadways that haven't been mowed. That scares me with people on the side of the road who aren't supposed to be there."

Harwell insisted that small children should not use fireworks and that people should stay in an area at least 30 minutes after shooting fireworks to ensure all embers have been snuffed. He said he only received six calls last year about fires and hopes that good luck continues.

As for those who would rather watch a professional show, Stuart said this year's display will not disappoint.

"There's always a surprise," she said. "You'll know it when you see it."

The show at Ram Stadium is one of many in the area that Palo Pinto County residents can attend to celebrate America this Fourth of July.

Here is the full list of this year's area fireworks displays and festivities:

• Mineral Wells Independence Day celebration.

Where: Ram Stadium, 3801 Ram Blvd.

When: Fair begins at 5 p.m., stadium gates open at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Extras: Live music beginning at 7:30 p.m., pet adoptions, bounce house, face painting, dunking booth and more.

• Graford's Fourth of July in the Park.

Where: Graford, park on Main Street north of Highway 254.

When: 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Extras: Live music, hot dogs, cake and ice cream.

• Gordon Fourth of July celebration.

Where: Parade participants convene at the high school football field between 4-4:30 p.m. Spectators will line Main Street. Concert to follow at Gordon Fire Department.

When: Parade at 5 p.m., live music at 7 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Extras: Public welcome to participate in parade.

• Perrin Fourth of July celebration.

Where: First Baptist Church in Perrin.

When: Sunset.

Cost: Free.

Extras: Refreshments to accompany fireworks show.

• 26th Annual Fireworks at Hell's Gate.

Where to view: YMCA Camp Grady Spruce at Possum Kingdom Lake.

When: July 6th, 6:30-10 p.m. (gates close at 8:45 p.m.).

Cost: $5 per person, children 3 and under free.

Sponsor: Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce.

Extras: "Wildlife on the Move" show by Eric Bittingham and swimming in Possum Kingdom Lake. Premium and private seating can be purchased at (940)-779-2424.

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