Want to enjoy the annual Fourth of July fireworks without sweltering from the heat? Then come to the Community Aquatic Center for a first-of-its kind event.
The pool will be open July 4 its normal hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and then will re-open at 6 p.m. and remain open until 11 pm.
Visitors can enjoy swimming, live music by Three’s a Crowd, food, and viewing of the fireworks at sunset.
In addition to its regular offerings, the concessions stand will also be selling hot dogs in honor of this special holiday.
Admission is $4 per person for individuals over the age of one. There will be no free readmission to those who visited earlier in the day.
Nestled within a 12-acre live oak forest, the Community Aquatic and Skate Park is open year-round. The park is home to an eight-lane, , 25-yard pool and diving area, a whale shaped zero-depth entry children’s pool with slides and sprays, a bathhouse, and a 6,000-square-foot modular skate park. Adjacent to the park is a picnic area, playground, a ¼-mile nature trail, and access to the Tule Hike and Bike Trail.
The City of Rockport, Town of Fulton and Aransas County collectively fund the facility. It is managed by the City of Rockport.
For additional information, call 361-727-9989.
Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is all about celebrating - with food, family and fireworks. However, Rockport Police Chief Gregory Stevens strongly reminds everyone setting off fireworks in the city limits is against the law.
(Note: The only exception is the permitted Wendell family fireworks display at Rockport Beach.)
If one finds a safe, legal location to use fireworks, the city suggests the following to ensure a successful celebration:
• Inform your neighbors of your intent. There is nothing scarier than being awakened by fireworks. This will also allow them to make proper arrangements for their pets.
• Keep your children and pets away from fireworks. Despite how much they may complain, remember that you’re the adult and it’s your responsibility to protect them. Fire and explosives are a dangerous combination.
• Read the instructions on anything your purchase before lighting.
• Keep buckets of water handy in case of an errant firework. Being close to a hose and faucet is also a good idea.
• Never light a firework inside, or set them off in metal or glass containers.
• Position yourself in an open area away from buildings, vehicles and crowds of people.
• Do not relight an unspent firework.
• Dispose of your fireworks and duds by placing them in a bucket of water overnight. After they’ve had a 12-plus hour soak, you may put them in a garbage bag for disposal.
“Be safe this holiday,” said Stevens. “We would much rather come by with a brief warning than make a report about a medical emergency or fire.”