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Panther Island, Trinity Park, Broadcast Hill will be closed, but fireworks will go on

Posted July 2, 2020

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Fort Worth will still be home to the largest Fourth of July fireworks show in North Texas this weekend, but the festival portion of the annual Fort Worth’s Fourth celebration will not take place. To limit public gathering, Panther Island Pavilion will be closed and there will be no activities. There will be no vehicular access to areas near the venue.

In addition, Trinity Park will be closed to vehicle traffic from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. July 4. The park will be open to pedestrian traffic via the Trinity Trails, but no vehicles will be allowed to enter or park inside the grounds.

Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and canoes are not allowed on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion for the fireworks display. Upstream river access will end at the Henderson Street Bridge on the Clear Fork and at the Fort Worth and Western Railroad bridge on the West Fork. Downstream access will end at the North Main Street Bridge on the West Fork. Motorboats are prohibited on the Trinity River.

Also, the Park & Recreation Department will close Broadcast Hill in east Fort Worth to vehicle traffic on July 4. The closure is necessary to limit damage to the native prairie landscape.

The Panther Island fireworks show is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. July 4. Residents are asked to watch the fireworks from the comfort of their backyard or balcony. The show will be larger and taller this year so it can be seen from a distance.

The show will be live-streamed on FOX 4. Tune into 95.9FM The Ranch to listen to the music choreographed to the fireworks show.

As a musical alternative, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present its July Fourth America Strong concert from Dickies Arena, to be broadcast by WFAA Channel 8 at 9 p.m. July 4.

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