Dallas Fireworks Show Saved Until the 5th

Corporate largesse saves holiday display

By Bruce Felps
|  Sunday, Jul 4, 2010  |  Updated 11:24 PM CDT
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Dallas Fireworks Show Saved Until the 5th

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This could be you and your sweetie on July 4 ... and July 5.

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Dallas city officials checked the petty cash fund awhile back to discover there was no money this year for the Fourth of July fireworks show at Fair Park. So, they called it off on account of an empty account.

Ah, but not so fast there, Mayor Tom. Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Gold Metal Recyclers pulled out their corporate wallets and offered to foot the bill, which the city, thank you very much, accepted.
 
Now, we’ll get the annual “ooo” and “ahhh” fest, only this year it takes place July 5 at Fair Park because the city and Friends of Fair Park couldn’t regroup fast enough to secure the fairgrounds for July 4.
 
But they’re making the best of it as evidenced by this PR-laden quote from Craig Holcomb, president of Friends of Fair Park, who said: “Who said celebrating patriotism in America has to be restricted to a particular day?”
 
Well, nobody. But the date on the Declaration of Independence states that Independence Day, thus the holiday, is July 4. But we’re just picking a nit here.
 
Gates open at 6 p.m., and here’s all the details of the evening’s festivities. According to a city press release, the Texas SkyWay Gondola Ride will be in operation for $5 person or $20 a carload, cash only, please, and ATMs at Fair Park stand ready to dispense the funds.
 
Have fun. I was parked across the street from Lakewood Country Club to watch its really big show on July 4.
 
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He once saw a woman use a Bic disposable lighter to ignite about five sparklers at once. That had to hurt.

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