Independence Day is next Wednesday, but the celebration in Wise County begins this weekend.
Here are some of the Independence Day-related events for our area.
The annual 4th Fest Runaway Bay is 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Activities include a golf tournament, golf cart parade, cake raffle, karaoke stage, Bridgeport Lions Train for kids, food, prizes and games. The event concludes with fireworks over Lake Bridgeport at dusk.
The 7th annual Firecracker Scramble benefiting the Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department is Saturday, June 30, at The Club at Runaway Bay.
Registration is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $50, and you may form your own four-person team or sign up individually and be placed on a team.
Sponsorship levels are $200 for a team and $100 for a sign. Prizes include longest putt and bullseye, and mulligans and raffle tickets will also be available. There will be free food on the course provided by Complete Production Services.
For information, call The Club at (940) 575-2225 or Susan Huffman at (940) 389-2397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for a raffle benefiting the department are $5 each or five for $20. Prizes include a rifle, a gas grill, a fishing tour, a skull mount, deer or hog processing and an oil change. The drawing will be held after the Firecracker Scramble.
For tickets, call Huffman at (940) 389-2397 or City Hall at (940) 575-4745.
FIREWORKS OVER DECATUR
Victory Family Church in Decatur will put on a fireworks show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. The event will also include bounce houses, water slides and snow cones.
The U.S. Forest Service reminds the public that fireworks are prohibited in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, including the LBJ National Grasslands.
Those possessing or discharging fireworks in the grasslands can be ticketed and fined, according to Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every.