Fireworks will explode over League City to celebrate the Fourth of July for the first time in a long while, city officials said.
But it’s happening the day before the holiday due to busy schedules of fireworks wranglers.
“It appears that every community around here has fireworks, and League City has not had fireworks,” Mayor Pat Hallisey said.
The city’s free Fourth of July celebration is set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 at Chester L. Sportsplex, 1251 W. League City Parkway. Residents can bring lawn chairs to watch the fireworks that start around 9 p.m.
The event includes a professional fireworks display with simultaneous music and a local band and bounce houses for entertainment.
The total cost is estimated at $23,800, spokeswoman Bridget Kramer said. Funding will come from the city’s general fund budgetary savings.
Parks staff and city police will set up, clean up and control traffic as part of their departments’ annual operational expenses, Kramer said.
Teddy bears and hot dogs
Two more events July 4 offer opportunities for patriotic activity in League City.
Children on bicycles and tricycles will join babies in wagons in The Teddy Bear Parade. Participants, who are encouraged to tote teddy bears, decorate their modes of transportation in red, white and blue.
More than 200 children participated in 2016, organizers said.
Residents can sign up at 10 a.m. July 4 at 210 N. Kansas Ave. Children up to age 16 can participate. The League City Historical Society organizes the parade.
Then, the city is offering a free lunch.
Citizens Appreciation Day is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4 at League Park, 200 N. Park Ave. Hallisey and city council members will serve free hot dogs to residents.
“We handed out 1,000 in the first hour and a half last year,” Hallisey said.
This year, the city plans to serve 4,000 hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy and nachos. The day includes live music, bounce houses, a face painter and a petting zoo, city staff said.
“This is a great event for the entire family,” said Director of Parks Chien Wei.
Legal versus illegal fireworks
Selling, buying, using, or possessing fireworks in the city limits of League City is illegal, city staff said. Noisemakers, poppers and sparklers are allowed.
The city’s fireworks display will last for about 20 minutes.
“We’ll try to build a little bit more of a fund balance for next year and make it 30 minutes,” Hallisey said.