Fireworks will be lighting up downtown Amarillo again this year.
For the second year in a row, Amarillo will be celebrating the 4th of July, a little early.
Today, during a news conference the Chamber of Commerce announced the event will take place June 30 in downtown.
“One of the reasons we do that, we decided to do it on a Saturday is because our good friends just south of us in Canyon host their 4th of July celebration on the 4th of July and they have done a wonderful job with their event, record turnout and we didn’t want to compete with what they have going on, they always have a large parade and events downtown leading up to it and we need to work with our friends so we figured we would do the Saturday before and that date just worked out great last year,” Gary Molberg, the President of Amarillo’s Chamber Of Commerce.
William Ware says the event had a great turnout last year so they are hoping for the same response.
“Because it has gotten so big, we needed a larger venue and we hope to have thousands of people come down to this, the city has planned for it, they have good parking, good crowd protection, police security but it is also going to be a great place to gather and walk around and there will be streets that are closed so it will be able to hold thousands of people, we look forward to that.”
The event will kickoff with the community market then continue on with a lot of food, live music and end with fireworks.
“It is just a great day for downtown because it is a way to bring everyone together in the central most historic part of town,” said Beth Duke, the Executive Director of Center City.
Star Light Ranch is also hosting events leading up to the Route 66 Celebration on the Thursday and Friday before.