The Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra will open the celebration with patriotic music, and a fireworks display will then begin about dusk.
“This performance by the professional musicians of our own Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra and the fireworks display is paid for in large measure by Alliance Bank and Grocery Supply Company, with the rest of the budget supported by league members and supporters,” said Dwight Corley, president of the Sulphur Springs Symphony League. “The league is ready to present the free celebration marking America’s independence from Britain.”
The Northeast Texas Symphony is under the direction of Dr. Douglas Bakenhus, music director and conductor of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, where he also teaches bassoon, music theory, aural skills and conducting.
Sulphur Springs Adult Leadership Class will offer refreshments at a vending booth on the west side of the square. Lou Viney’s, Muddy Jake’s, Plain and Fancy, The Swamp Pot and Coffee Off the Square will also be open for business during the evening.
“KSST Radio will give away a number of American flags, complete with poles and mounting brackets, to winners of a number of drawings that evening,” Corley noted. “Sign up for a free flag at the tent next to the orchestra stage, then listen for the winners’ names as they are announced from the stage. You don’t have to be present to win.”
This year marks the 150th commemoration of the Civil War battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. The sieges of both cities ended on July 4, 1863.
“Fittingly, a segment of the Symphony League orchestra’s program has a Civil War theme and will feature four popular selections that you’re sure to enjoy,” Corley said.
Seating for veterans and their families is available. However, everyone is encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs. For more information, call 903-885-5614.
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