Community July 4th fireworks celebration to take place on ACU campus

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Charlie Dromgoole, Abilene Chamber of Commerce President
(915) 677-7241

Abilene's community fireworks show celebrating the July 4th Independence Day holiday will take place at Crutcher Scott Field on the northeast corner of the Abilene Christian University campus. Gates to the grandstand open at 7 p.m., entertainment starts at 7:45 p.m., and the fireworks show starts at approximately 9:30 p.m.

This year's fireworks show is designed as a community celebration under the slogan "Celebration 2000." The fireworks are sponsored by Musgrave Enterprises, and other evening festivities are sponsored by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and ACU.

Guest seating is available in the grandstand free of charge at Crutcher Scott Field. People will not have access to the baseball field itself, but they will have access the grounds surrounding the field.

Gates and concession stands open at 7 p.m. Concession stands inside the park will offer a full menu of park food items, soft drinks and water.

Live entertainment starts at 7:45 p.m. Entertainment includes the Abilene Boys and Girls Club Choir, the Abilene Community Band and The Memory Men (Abilene's barbershop chorus.) The Dyess Air Force Base Color Guard also will present the colors before the national anthem at approximately 8:45 p.m.

The fireworks show is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. KACU, 89.7 FM, will air a patriotic concert synchronized with the fireworks display.

People watching the fireworks show from their vehicles outside of the baseball park can tune to KACU 89.7 for the audio accompaniment.

KTAB television (channel 32) will start airing live action at Crutcher Scott field at 9 p.m., broadcasting the fireworks display, then following the show with the nightly news.

While the fireworks show is free to the public volunteers from the Abilene State School will collect donations for Centennial Park. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Abilene State School, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce is spearheading a community campaign to build a handicapped-accessible park on the Abilene State School campus.

Centennial Park, a present which celebrates the past, will be accessible to residents of the school and the general public.

The Abilene Police Department, Abilene Fire Department and numerous community volunteers will assist in maintaining a pleasant evening for all who attend the celebration. Notes important to the public attending the fireworks show and celebration include:

  • All ACU parking lots will be open. Parking will be available north of Crutcher Scott Field as well. If cars are parked in obviously illegal or hazardous locations, they will be towed. Please note the attached map.
  • The possession and use of fireworks inside the city limits is illegal. Such items will be confiscated.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the ACU campus.
  • The ACU campus is a smoke-free environment.
  • While picnics are encouraged, on-site barbecues are not permitted.
  • Portable toilets will be provided for the comfort of guests.

If the fireworks show has to be cancelled due to weather or other reasons, it will be automatically rescheduled for the following night.

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If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Tom Craig, director of media and community relations, at or call 915-674-2692 (cell phone: 665-5469).

Last update: June 29, 2000
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