Kilgore’s most patriotic party of the year will take place tomorrow at Kilgore City Park.
The city’s annual Fourth of July Extravaganza is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. at the park on E. North St.
At a city council meeting earlier this month, Community Relations Manager and Main Street Manager Sonya Waters said this year’s Extravaganza would be the celebration Kilgoreites have come to love but with a few extra amenities.
“Last year we had a very successful event. We’re making more accommodations for food trucks in that specific area so we can have more food vendors in there or higher-powered food vendors,” Waters said.
She also said she expects this year’s event to draw as many people as the 2017 Extravaganza because Kilgore City Pool is open again. Swimmers and those using the renovated pool can cool off and then head over a short distance to watch the celebration of independence begin.
The pool will be open until 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m, so there will be plenty of time for people to finish up at the pool before the dazzling light display appears over the park.
The First Baptist Church Choir will provide music between 5 and 6 p.m. Kilgore Police Department and Kilgore Fire Department will carry out a “Presentation of the Colors” ceremony at 6:15 following FBC’s choir performance and the Chad Cooke Band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. until it’s time for fireworks.
FBC is expanding the amount of available parking in their lot on Wood Street and the actual fireworks launching area is being moved further back on FBC property. It will be situated near a collection trailer on the property, with a fire safety zone around it where parking will not be allowed.
The new parking arrangement will change road closures used in previous years but Waters said drivers on Kay Street who wish to leave the area will still be able to do so.
According to the Extravaganza’s Facebook event page, the fireworks display will last 20 minutes and the event will feature food vendors, water slides and kids activities.
Music will accompany the fireworks display and locals can tune their radio to station KDOK to listen in. KDOK is 1240 AM and 105.3 FM in Kilgore or 101.9 FM in Longview and 107.9 FM in Henderson.