Archive for July 2nd, 2008

Independence Day Festivities

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

This long Independence Day weekend, many state parks are celebrating as only they can…and you’re invited to join them.

The LBJ State Park and Historic site in the picturesque Texas Hill Country town of Johnson City, dedicates its July Fourth festivities to its namesake in the 100th year of his birth. Come out to the park, Friday, from 10 to 3, and enjoy old-fashioned fun like horseshoe and washer pitching, stick-horse races, watermelon seed spitting and other games.

If you like fireworks, and you live in East Texas, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, is the place to be on July Fourth. See one of the largest fireworks shows in East Texas. Fireworks begin at dark, and admission is free after 5 p.m.

Independence Day celebrations continue on Saturday, July 5th. Pack a picnic lunch and head over to Lake Texana State Park from 2 to 4 p.m. for horseshoes, washer toss, volleyball, sack races, water balloon toss, dunking booth and other activities. Bring your tackle, too, as it’s free to fish at state parks.

Also on July fifth, visitors to Possum Kingdom State Park, outside the Metroplex, may attend a fireworks display at Hell’s Gate, put o by the Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce. Hell’s Gate is a massive limestone in which the lake squeezes through, and is accessible by watercraft.

For additional information about these and other state park events, visit That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.