CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Although most fireworks shows have been canceled across the state because of the pandemic, Aransas Pass has chosen to move forward with its traditional Fourth of July show.
The annual Aransas Pass July 4 celebration usually involves food trucks, games, vendors and massive crowds. Tonight's event will look very different.
“This year we are not going to have any outside activities, no food vendors; there are no restrooms or anything like that," Aransas Park Police Chief Eric Blanchard said. "We are asking that people show up right around the time of the event, right just before it kicks off at 9:15 p.m."
The plan is to have vehicles spaced apart from each other to accommodate social distancing. Residents are encouraged to wear masks and socialize only with those who came in the same vehicle.
“We will have law enforcement boosted up and out during this event, reminding folks that we want them to stay inside the vehicles, and we want them to adhere to the procedures that are in place during this event,” said Blanchard.
City officials, who voted to move forward with the Independence Day celebration at Conn Brown Harbor, want to encourage social distancing. One-way residents can do this is by staying home.
“I personally feel that the way it is being organized and managed, it is a safe way to host the event," Blanchard said. "We also want folks to tune in to 90.1 FM because we will have music that is going to be broadcast and some information that we are also going to be putting out over the radio. You don’t have to be at Harbor either to see the fireworks; they are going to shoot them 600 feet up into the air."
Blanchard tells KRIS 6 News that he wants visitors to enjoy the show, but also wants them to follow the city’s guidelines to keep themselves safe and to keep others safe.
For more information on the Aransas Pass Independence Day celebration visit their website here.