People gathered around Woodlawn Lake before the fireworks show. Photo by Joan Vinson.

Children ran holding small American flags in their hands as parents sat plopped in portable lawn chairs. Smoke from barbecue grills rose into the warm summer air, permeating Woodlawn Lake Park with smells of seared meat and vegetables.

Families bunched together in patches around the perimeter of the lake. Some sat, some laid down on blankets, some prepared plates of food, and all seemed to enjoy their time together on the day that freedom rings.

The Fourth of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park began at 8 a.m. with a Zumbathon and events were hosted throughout the day until the fireworks were shot off at 9:30 p.m. Thousands of people crowded around the lake to catch a glance of the colors popping and then falling in the sky.

New Yorker Roberto Muñoz attended the fireworks show with his family. He traveled to San Antonio to visit family and attend the Seventh-day Adventist Church conference that continues until July 11.

“(The conference) was moving. It’s really cool to see the diversity that gets together at one place for the same purpose,” he said.

Muñoz said he was pleased with his experience in San Antonio and was happy to spend the Fourth of July with his family.

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Joan Vinson

Former Rivard Report Assistant Editor Joan Vinson is a San Antonio native who graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She's a yoga fanatic and an adventurer at heart....