CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Thousands of people watched Corpus Christi's New Year's Eve fireworks show from the comfort of their cars -- a social distance precaution like so many others during the year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We don’t know the area that well, so we were concerned about being able to find a parking space,” said William Halliday who is visiting from Marshall, Texas with his wife a day ahead of their fortieth wedding anniversary.
Getting parked on the Peoples Street T-head two hours before the show began at 7 p.m. Thursday gave the couple the perfect spot to watch three thousand fireworks get launched from a barge nearby in Corpus Christi Bay.
The show attracted others to town as well.
“We’ve been staying in Rockport for the last week, so we just came over to watch the fireworks,” said Jo Anne Grayson from Victoria.
COVID-19 concerns led to the city canceling the Independence Day firework show.
But with stay-in-your-car orders in place, the last day of 2020 was able to go out with a bang -- a year so many people are happy to see end.
“It’s been hard, but we made it through," said David Medrano who came to town from San Antonio for the fireworks. "And we’re expecting good things for 2021."