Independence Day has come and gone once again, and residents of Anna and surrounding areas commemorated the event with a fireworks display. Along with the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce and a few vendors, residents of Anna spent the night enjoying food, music and fireworks.

Matthew Whitt, a resident and first time guest at the annual fireworks show, said he was pleasantly surprised by the fireworks.

“I have always loved the 4th of July because of the fireworks at the end of the night,” Whitt said. “The display at the Anna celebration wasn’t as big as the bigger cities like Dallas, but was still awe inspiring.”

Whitt also said he enjoyed the food that was available for the residents.

“The boudin balls from Road Dawg Catering were amazing,” Whitt said. “And the kettle corn from the popcorn booth was really delicious.”

Kevin Hall, executive director of the GACC, said the city takes great pride in holding the annual festivities every July 4.

“The City of Anna celebrates Independence Day with fireworks on the evening of July 4th, no matter if that is a Tuesday (like this year) or a Saturday,” Hall said.

Before the fireworks began, Haley Cain sang the national anthem to get everybody into the spirit of the event. Once darkness fell, the fireworks started. Many of the children voiced their excitement in terms of giggles and applause over the firework display.

Hall said he appreciates the residents and locals making it out to the firework show.

“This was another phenomenal Independence Day celebration during the City of Anna Annual Fireworks Show,” Hall said. “This is one of the ways we can keep the community and small town spirit alive as our population grows.”

Hall estimates more than 1,200 guests were in attendance at the Coyote Stadium, in addition to the overflow of people who were in chairs and on blankets at Slayter Creek Park.

The GACC enjoys hosting this annual event, Hall said, and could not pull it off without the support of their Platinum Sponsors; the Anna Community Development and Economic Development Corporations.

Hall said the 20-minute fireworks display was not only for the residents of Anna, but also for the military.

“We want to especially thank the men and women who serve and have served in the armed forces for protecting our freedoms,” Hall said.