The Bullard community will come together to celebrate the nation’s birthday in a patriotic slash of red, white, and blue, as the City of Bullard will host the annual Fourth of July celebration, Blast Over Bullard, Saturday, June 30, in the parking lot of Bullard High School, located at 1426 S. Houston St.
“We are very excited about hosting Blast Over Bullard again this year,’ said Chelci Amburgy, City of Bullard Public Relations Professional. “We’ve seen in recent years how this particular event has grown, and we’re excited to see how the new events within Blast Over Bullard will continue to make this event special.”
According to Amburgy, the event drew an attendance of approximately 4,000 people, with one of the biggest attractions being that Blast Over Bullard offers a family fun atmosphere with fun for all ages.
“In addition to people coming to the event by themselves, we were able to attract a lot of families to Blast Over Bullard last year,” said Amburgy. “Particularly in the kids area, we had over 2,000 wristbands that the kids wore in order to take part in the fun, so we’re hoping for more this year. Also, we had each booth or vendor pledge to have an event for kids, which allowed for more fun and excitement.”
At this year’s event, Amburgy stated that several of the staple fun events will return to the event in 2018, including a dunking booth from Bullard Rotary Club, as well as inflatable entertainment for children, merchandise vendors, and fun family games.
Children attending “Blast Over Bullard” will also have an opportunity to show off their patriotic pride by participating in the children’s patriotic brigade, to be held 7:30 p.m., in the BHS parking lot.
The children’s patriotic brigade, aimed at children ages four through 11, will feature Bullard’s youngest patriotic participants riding down the route on their patriotically decorated bicycles, scooters, and strollers.
Participants younger than the age of four years old wanting to participate in the children’s patriotic brigade may do so, but must have a parents accompanying them on the route.
Prizes will be distributed for children’s patriotic brigade participants that decorate their rides in a patriotic fashion, with celebrity judges being Mayor Pam Frederick, members of the Bullard City Council, Bullard’s City Manager, and the event coordinator. Additionally, goody bags will be handed out to all children’s patriotic brigade participants.
Parents of children wishing to participate in the children’s patriotic brigade are encouraged to pre-register their child on the City of Bullard’s website. There will be no on-site registration available for the children’s patriotic brigade at the event.
The main aspect of any Independence Day celebration is the fireworks show, which will once again be created by fireworks expert Mike Adams, returning to the event for the third consecutive year.
“The fireworks shows by Mike Adams are always truly a spectacular sight,” said Jay Abercrombie, Bullard City Manager. “He is well sought after when it comes to large fireworks shows and events. The decision was made to rehire Mr. Adams for the fireworks show because we saw it as an opportunity to let the event grow into an even bigger family fun event. The Bullard Fire Department has done an outstanding job for us in the past, volunteering their time and efforts for the event, and will still be involved in the event in regards to the safety of the attendees.”
Adams’s professional fireworks program will last approximately 22 minutes and is set to prerecorded music, according to Abercrombie.
Food is undoubtedly a big part of any festival or event in Bullard, and the same will go for “Blast Over Bullard,” which will feature concessions available for purchase from local vendors Say Cheese, Lupita’s Taco Truck, Ted Kamel Foods, Brew Travelers, Pokey O’s, and more.
Organizers for “Blast Over Bullard” have also taken care of the essential planning for bathroom facilities, as City of Bullard has reserved air conditioned portable restroom facilities for the event, as well as will offer the use of numerous port-a-potties available on site.
The musical entertainment for this year’s Blast Over Bullard event will be announced at a later date.
According to Bullard Mayor Pam Frederick, the yearly Fourth of July celebration event, open to all community members and guests, is an avenue to allow the city of Bullard to display its patriotism, something the city has become known for around East Texas.
“We are excited about this year’s ‘Blast Over Bullard’ event,” said Pam Frederick, Mayor of Bullard. “We have never been short on patriotism in the city of Bullard. I believe that any opportunity we have to come out as families and celebrate American history and freedom, our community takes full advantage of that.”
For more information about “Blast Over Bullard,” sign up as a “Blast Over Bullard” sponsor, or to sign up as a vendor for the event, call Amburgy at City Hall at (903) 894-7223 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the City of Bullard’s website, www.bullardtexas.net, or the City of Bullard’s Facebook page.