The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

July 3, 2014

City of Palestine to host annual fireworks show Friday

PALESTINE — Sparkles of glittering fireworks will light the sky above Palestine during the annual Fireworks Show planned Friday to celebrate Independence Day.

The City of Palestine is inviting everyone to enjoy the free fireworks display set for sundown in Steven Bennett Park. This annual extravagant aerial display of fireworks is hosted by the City of Palestine and in partnership with KYYK 98.3/ KNET 1450.

“Crowds begin appearing as early as 3 p.m. for an 8:30 or 9 p.m. start,” said Palestine City Manager Wendy Ellis. “Entire families bring lawn chairs, kids play while they wait and it creates a fun holiday atmosphere.”

Tune into KYYK 98.3/ KNET 1450 for a simulcast of patriotic music timed with the fireworks displays.

“The parks department will have a full concession stand with food and drinks, and there will be a couple of vendors selling glow sticks and other fun, festival items,” Palestine Main Street/Communications Manager Laura Westgate said.

The parks department will open the area at 5 p.m. to the public.

“We want the public to know the fire scene tape marks the 300-foot safety zone and is there for their safety around the fireworks. Anything marked by that tape will be closed to the public,” Palestine Fire Chief Alan Wilcher said. “Also, be aware that parking is never allowed in designated fire lanes. We want everyone to come and enjoy, but safety is our top priority.”

Local law enforcement will close Loop 256 between Park Avenue (U.S. 84 East) and Palestine Avenue (U.S. 79 East) to all traffic — this would include all cross streets such as Lacy, Murchison, Moody and Caplain Streets — beginning at approximately 9 p.m.

Parking is allowed in private lots and designated parking areas not within the 300-foot safety zone. Please do not park along the shoulder on Loop 256.

Parking lots will close as they fill and local law enforcement will divert traffic to the next available place. Movement, once the show starts, will be limited to emergency staff only.

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