Celebration tops them all
You could hear it in the crowd as the Old-Fashioned 4th of July parade passed through town Thursday morning.
“This is the best parade ever!” spectators remarked to each other.
And later at the fireworks show, onlookers remarked, “This is the best ever!”
Granbury Chamber of Commerce CEO Mike Scott concurs.
“This was a celebration that tops them all. Another unbelievable Independence Day in Granbury!” Scott said.
It was one of the safest too, according to Sheriff Roger Deeds.
No lake accidents or serious highway mishaps were reported, Deeds said. Firefighters responded to a small grass fire on Highway 377 East, possibly caused by someone throwing fireworks from a passing vehicle, the sheriff said.
“It went pretty smooth,” Deeds said about the holiday. “We’ve had worse.”
Scott estimates some 25,000 people lined the parade route along Pearl Street, circling the square and returning to Granbury High School down Bridge Street.
The parade featured more than 100 entries led by Grand Marshal Texas Highway Patrol Sgt. Dub Gillum and his family.
Vendors on the square reported a very lucrative first day and were thrilled by the number of patrons, Scott said. Booths remain on the square through today.
“Cars lined the streets all day Thursday, and there wasn’t a square foot of sand available at the City Beach. People were in a festive mood and enjoyed a great family day,” Scott said.
Thursday night’s 30-minute fireworks show drew an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 people lining every street and parking spot for miles to watch one of the best fireworks displays in the nation, Scott added.
While some watched from land, there were hundreds of boats rocking gently in the breeze while anchored on the lake as Extreme Pyrotechnics presented the annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza.
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