Local News Headlines–7/4/2013

Today is the Independence Day holiday, the day we celebrate the birth of the United States of America and it’s independence from Great Britain.  All schools and government offices, including the Post Office, are closed as are many local businesses.  Christian Family Radio KAGC urges you to pause during the festivities sometime today to say a prayer for our nation and its leaders.

There’s more music than usual to enjoy at this year’s “I love America” Independence Day Celebration.  The Bush Library’s Will King says the fun will begin today with games and concessions at five.   King says entertainment includes Clayton Garnder, the Brazos Valley Symphony, and The Docs, who are back by popular demand.  And, the fireworks will start at around 9:45 pm.  King says free parking will be available at Reed Arena and the West Campus garage with free shuttling between the museum and the parking areas. The museum will also have free admission during the day.

And, there’s good news for those who love their fireworks.  William Bouse with the Bryan Fire Department says the Texas House recently signed a bill that allows a person to carry unopened fireworks still sealed in the original packaging from a vendor in and out of a city that regulates them.   Bouse cautions that any fireworks that have been opened and look usable can still be confiscated, and reminds folks that it is still illegal to light fireworks within the city limits of either Bryan or College Station.  He says if you do shoot fireworks off outside of town, be extremely careful because it’s been very dry lately.  Bouse says to stay safe during your festivities by shredding the pasture closely ahead of time, watering it down, having a source for extinguishing, and watching carefully where fireworks go.  If you don’t have access to the countryside, he says there are plenty of other fun options such as the Bush Library’s annual celebration.  Bouse says local professionals do great, huge shows, and you save lots of money.