Melissa prepares for Sparks and Spangles

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The Fourth of July fireworks show in Melissa is scheduled for Friday, July 2 this year.

The City of Melissa’s inaugural Independence Day celebration, Sparks and Spangles, is set to debut this Friday. Attendees can expect to see spectacular blasts up to 700 feet in the air. To put that into perspective, the tops of Melissa's water towers are only 165 feet high. 

 “Our fireworks show vendor has upgraded the size and capacity of the propellant shells as well as the pyrotechnic mixture in the shells to produce fireworks displays that rise higher in the sky and produce larger blooms and flourishes,” City Manager Jason Little said. “The result will be a fireworks show that can be easily seen from a larger area.” 

The show is scheduled to start between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. depending on how quickly the sky gets dark.  It will last around 30 minutes.  

Sparks & Spangles is a fireworks-only celebration this year since plans were made before COVID-19 gathering restrictions were lifted. The pyrotechnics will be launched from the City Hall area because it is one of the highest points in the city.  This should allow them to be seen from many locations.  

Before announcing the event, city officials conducted a site survey with drone footage and ground line-of-site positioning to confirm that there will be plenty of places with good views.  Among the public spaces expected to be prime watching areas are City Hall Plaza, 3411 Barker Ave.; Melissa Middle School, 3150 Cardinal Dr.; and Zadow Park, 3001 McKinney St (SH 5).  

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and insect repellent. They are also reminded that alcohol and glass containers are not allowed at facilities owned by the city or Melissa ISD. 

“We’re looking forward to a great show on July 2,” Little said. “In the future, we will add other events and activities to our celebration, making Melissa Sparks and Spangles one of our signature communitywide festivals.”