Thousands of local San Antonio residents gathered once again at Woodlawn Lake Park where festivities from a 5k to a children’s parade took place before the big show, a fireworks display over the inner-city lake.  For the second consecutive year, the Stars and Stripes Over San Antonio fireworks show over the Tower of the Americas at Hemisfair Park was cancelled bringing increased traffic to the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Neighborhood families sectioned off large pieces of prime firework-watching real estate in anticipation of the show. Families participating in the Red, White, and Blue Children’s Parade took residents around the lake, showing off Uncle Sam-approved threads and floats.

Logan, 7, a member of the Boy Scouts of America waves an American Flag following the children's red, white, and blue parade. Photo by Scott Ball.
Logan, 7, a member of the Boy Scouts of America waves an American Flag following the Red, White, and Blue Children’s Parade. Photo by Scott Ball. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

With a bang at 9:30 p.m. the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza began, illuminating the lake and its surroundings in a stunning fashion. Cheers of laughter and dogs barking in the distance filled the air along with the exploding projectiles. The show, which lasted for about 30 minutes, left locals content as they made their way back to their vehicles and respective homes only to begin the encore of local fireworks purchased out of the area and shot in neighborhood streets – despite the ban on fireworks in San Antonio city limits.

Scott Ball

Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.