Johnson City Fourth Fest Recreates Fun Family Independence Days
JOHNSON CITY — Cheryl Pratt smiled as she thought of the Independence Days from her childhood.
“I have a large family, and we used to live in a cul-de-sac,” she said as her mind turned back the pages of time. “We’d have a big barbecue and eat. We’d go out and buy lots and lots of fireworks. We’d shoot fireworks off with my family.”
That scene is what the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Fourth Fest committee is trying to recreate, said Pratt, who serves as the co-chairwoman of the board.
“It’s a Johnson City tradition I take great pride in,” she said. “I enjoy seeing all of the locals and visitors enjoying the events and the fireworks, the 'oohhs' and 'aahhs' over the fireworks.”
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The annual Fourth Fest celebration, which is free to attend, begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, with a parade starting at the Blanco County Courthouse, 101 E. Pecan Drive.
Activities then shift to the Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 U.S. 281 north.
At the fairgrounds, people will find vendors selling food, beverages, and other items starting at noon.
Kids can cool off from the summer heat by flying down two 8-foot kiddie water slides into the Pedernales River.
A washer-pitching tournament starts at 2:30 p.m. followed by live entertainment from 5-9 p.m. Dripping Springs blues and jazz band Midnight Flyer will take the stage at 5 p.m. to sing hits such as “Voodoo Woman,” “CC Rider,” and “Marie LaVeau.”
Local favorite Scooter Pearce, who hails from Hye and specializes in country, Southern rock, and blues, takes over at 7 p.m.
“She’s been doing the entertainment for years,” Pratt said about Pearce. “She’s local and popular. She plays lots of local events.”
At 9:30 that night is the final event — the fireworks show — where Pratt hopes to hear those "oohhs" and "aahhs" as people look toward the sky and pull their loved ones a little closer.
That’s the scene Pratt looks forward to the most.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, coolers, and picnic items.
Call the chamber at (830) 868-7684 for more information.
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