Dripping Springs working toward annual fireworks show

The Dripping Springs event event could be moved to Dripping Springs Sports & Recreation Park this July 4 to better accommodate social distancing. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The Dripping Springs event event could be moved to Dripping Springs Sports & Recreation Park this July 4 to better accommodate social distancing. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Dripping Springs event event could be moved to Dripping Springs Sports & Recreation Park this July 4 to better accommodate social distancing. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The annual Fire in the Sky fireworks show in Dripping Springs could be based out of Dripping Springs Sports & Recreation Park this July 4 as the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on mass gatherings have required organizers to revamp the community event.

Organizer and former state Rep. Jason Isaac told City Council on June 9 that the move to Dripping Springs Sports & Recreation Park will allow for fireworks to be launched from a location that is more centralized for the city than Ranch Park, where the event has been held in the past. This would allow more residents to see the show from the downtown area.


If ultimately approved by council June 16, the park would be closed to visitors during the event, and areas including downtown Mercer Street and large parking lots such as those at Home Depot or H-E-B could be used as viewing places, Isaac said.

“I think if we launch the fireworks from Sports Park this year then you would have a great viewing area from anywhere in the Mercer street district,” he said.

The Dripping Springs Parks and Recreation Commission is in support of the plan and for the city to cosponsor the event as it has in past years. A sponsorship would allow Isaac to rent the park for the event without a rental fee.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


MOST RECENT

The school at the end of Sawyer Ranch Road is currently under construction. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)
Dripping Springs ISD's newest school to be called Cypress Springs Elementary, helmed by Principal Kellie Raymond

Cypress Springs Elementary School is named for a group of springs near the district.

Austin ISD reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases the week of Jan. 4, but that number has decreased for two consecutive weeks, according to the district. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD sees 70% drop in on-campus students over past 2 weeks after district asks families to stay home

The district saw a 11,839-student decline in on-campus learning as AISD families opted for online learning from Jan. 12-22.

City officials are facing growing pressure to address the growing visibility of homelessness in Austin. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sanctioned homeless camp proposal gains attention from Austin leaders as pressure mounts

Mayor Steve Adler said the urgent need for shelter space and housing could overrule initial objections to sanctioned homeless encampments.

See how COVID-19 continues to impact Travis County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Despite drop in hospital admissions, Travis County adds 4,039 new COVID-19 cases over past 7 days

Overall, Travis County has reported 65,507 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Last Stand Brewing Co. owner Jim Sampson pours a beer at the business's new South Austin brewery.  (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
After grueling year, South Austin beer industry sees new breweries, opportunities for growth

Local brewers speak to the challenges of opening during the pandemic, adjusting to new state rules and beer to-go sales.

Construction at Q2 Stadium is on schedule to be completed by late March or early April. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin FC will play at newly named Q2 Stadium starting this summer

Austin FC announced the naming partnership with Austin-based tech company Q2 Holdings Inc. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 25.

The Contemporary Austin will host a virtual artist talk Feb. 3 with photographers Torbjørn Rødland and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. COURTESY SARAH SCHULTZ/CONTEMPORARY ATX
Austin Film Society presents drive-in Sundance Film Festival screenings, The Contemporary Austin hosts a virtual artist talk and more events in Austin

Austin Film Society is a satellite screen partner for the Sundance Film Festival, which normally takes place at a ski resort in Utah, but is screening films digitally and through partners around the country this year.

Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vaccine portal opens in Hays County; read Austin business news and more Central Texas info

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott said he will announce statewide plans to address homelessness that include camping bans. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin weekly roundup: Governor plans statewide camping ban, COVID-19 numbers flatten and more

Questions remain about the legality of the camping ban, which a local group is also hoping to get on the May 2021 ballot.

The Austin Community College District's 28,000-square-foot culinary arts wing is now open at ACC Highland. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
Second phase of ACC Highland campus opens in Central Austin

The campus is home to the Austin Community College District's Culinary Arts Department.