Fireworks will light the sky in Palestine during the City of Palestine’s annual fireworks show Thursday.
The display is scheduled to start at dark Thursday, in the open area near Story Intermediate School, 5300 North Loop 256 in Palestine.
“The city puts on a very extravagant fireworks display, and it grows every year,” City Emergency Management Coordinator Schelby Wells said. “It’s a fun, safe environment to celebrate the fourth of July.”
Admission into the show is free and concessions will be available. City officials said visitors may bring their own non-alcoholic refreshments. Emergency personnel will be on hand during the city’s show.
Wells reminds all residents it is against city ordinance to use fireworks inside the city limits. Violations are punishable with a fine of $250 plus court costs.
Christ Community Church, located at 5626 N. Loop 256 across from Story Intermediate School, is offering free parking for the fireworks show from 6 to 8 p.m.
The church also will have popcorn, snowcones and drinks available for donations. Games for children are planned. The church will be taking donations of non-perishable food and hygiene items for Pleasant Hills Children’s Home in Fairfield.
Federal establishments will be closed to observe the holiday, including local bank branches and the U.S. Postal Service. All entities should resume regular business hours and mail delivery on Friday.
Locally, the offices of the city of Palestine and Anderson County also will be closed on Thursday, but will reopen on Friday. City officials remind Palestine residents Thursday garbage pick up will not be canceled.
“We’ll be doing our regular Thursday pick up for the holiday,” Public Works Director Tim Perry said.
City, county and state law enforcement and court offices also will be closed on Thursday. Anyone needing emergency services can call 911.