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ALERT Academy Color Guard

July 4th in Big Sandy began on a sweet note at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship where members of the Big Sandy Rotary Club were cooking up some yummy waffles and sausage. Add some coffee, OJ, butter, flavored syrups, and a personal favorite – strawberries and whipped cream – and the day was off to a great start.

Waffle breakfast favorite!
Waffle cooks George Strub and Randall Lucas.

Right on time, the sirens of BSPD Sgt. Manfred Gilow announced the start of the Chamber of Commerce July 4th parade. Led by the ALERT Academy Color Guard carrying the American, Christian, Texas, and ALERT flags, the parade made its way down Pearl Street, west on Broadway, and continued up Wildcat Drive to the City Park. Featured in the parade were Miss Big Sandy Haylee Cook, BSISD Yam Duchess Frida Ortiz, members of the Big Sandy Area Lions Club, Big Sandy Museum Association, Frontier Girls and Boys, Oasis Food Mart, many classic cars, trucks, and cycles, Pritchett VFD and Pleasant Grove VFD, Big Sandy VFD including ATTACK 1, and a real crowd favorite, “Patriotic Beach Balls” courtesy of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship and the Rick Peterson family.

Patriotic ‘beach balls’ from New Beginnings and the Rick Peterson family!
BSISD Yam Duchess Frida Ortiz
Miss Big Sandy Haylee Cook
Big Sandy Area Lions Club
Frontier Girls and Boys
Big Sandy Volunteer Fire Department ‘legacy’ – the DeCuir family.

The party continued at the City Park where there were offerings from a food truck, water provided by Oasis Food Mart and distributed by New Beginnings and Big Sandy Volunteer Fire Department, and karaoke singers. The ever-popular fireworks display began at dark, masterfully staged by members of our Big Sandy Volunteer Fire Department. This is not just sticking a match to a fuse and holding it to shoot a Roman candle into the air. A great deal of planning and expertise is needed to not only provide a spectacular show but to be sure everyone is safe. And our BSVFD is one of the best!

Thanks to everyone who took time to organize and participate in this celebration. In addition to those mentioned above, thanks also go to Carla Lucas and the Chamber of Commerce for planning the parade, those who helped at City Park, and the Big Sandy Municipal Development District for providing funds for the fireworks display. God Bless America!