A fireworks display from the heart
The Highland Lakes will have a Fourth of July fireworks show after all, courtesy of Kathy and Fred Cramm of Burnet.
“I always do my show on a Saturday night,” Fred Cramm said. “I want the most amount of people to watch, when people aren’t working and they can come here. It so happens this year (the Saturday show) falls on the Fourth.”
The couple have hosted Independence Day events for more than a decade.
You can watch the display, which begins at 9:30 p.m., parked off of County Road 2342 or on Park Road 4 up to the first hill. (UPDATE: A previous version of this story said the Perissos parking lot would be open for fireworks viewing, but the winery's gates will be locked on July 4.)
People also can view it from their watercraft, Cramm said.
“You will see in both directions on your boat near the Colorado River arm of Lake LBJ,” he said. “There literally will be thousands of people who watch the show.”
Tune in to 99.9 FM to listen to music set to the display.
“It’s an impressive show,” Cramm said.
For safety, a Hoover Valley Fire Department crew will be stationed at the couple's home, where the fireworks are launched.
This year’s display will last about 15 minutes, shorter than in the past because the fireworks come from China. Imports from the country have slowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flipping through a 120-page catalogue, Cramm picks the best fireworks for his display.
“We know the timing for when they go up in the air and break,” he said. That information helps with musical selections.
The Cramms don't solicit sponsors to help pay for the fireworks; the show is from the heart.
“I don’t do it for any money,” Fred Cramm said. “I do it for the enjoyment for myself, my family and friends, and the people around here.”
Cramm, 71, began putting on fireworks shows at the age of 15 with his father.
For this size show, he has to submit to a government background check, he said, but it's worth it.
“I get phone calls and text messages and thank-you cards from people all over, from people I don’t even know,” he said. “I love fireworks. The more people who can see them, the better.”
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