When bumper-to-bumper traffic flows south out of downtown like the bumper-to-bumper traffic heading north out of downtown, we know something big has been happening. Something big in this case was the Second Annual Fourth of July “Stars and Stripes” fireworks extravaganza at Hemisfair Park.
The event, sponsored by the Greater Chamber of Commerce, came off flawlessly, at least for those of us gazing skyward from outside the Park. Police estimate that a crowd of 275,000 gathered in the Park. If there were any major incidents, we haven’t heard about them.
Traffic aside, not everyone was able to come downtown, or better yet, watch from back yards, patios, sidewalks, and other urban core spaces. So we offer a few minutes of the show for those who stayed home.
The display lasted 20 minutes. Here is a three-minute version:
Here is the one-minute finale:
Next year, plan to come downtown. Better yet, move on down. If you can see the Tower of Americas from your new home you can see the fireworks.
By the way, not every city fared as well with its fireworks shows as San Antonio. Unfortunately, 28 spectators in Simi Valley, California were inured when premature explosions on the ground sent ignited fireworks spraying into the crowd. Illegal fireworks set off in Seattle caused more than $1 million in damage to a boatyard. You can read and watch videos of the Simi Valley disaster and others by clicking on this Atlantic Cities story.
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