Fourth on the Brazos gets state-wide attention
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- It takes a lot of extra security to make sure the Annual Fourth on the Brazos celebration goes smoothly.
Jonathan Cook, with the City of Waco, said there will be maximum security to ensure the safety of the citizens.
"We'll have approximately 70 officers from the Waco Police Department. We also have emergency management trailers and staff on site along with citizens on patrol, park rangers, and then of course Waco Fire Department and make sure the fireworks show goes off safely," said Cook.
This year Waco officials are expecting a larger than usual crowd; in excess of ten thousand people.
But Cook said security crews are prepared.
"This year of course, it's fire and the drought related issues that we have. So, we do have the fire, fireworks fall out zone completely protected and we'll have it manned. Other than that it's typical security when you have large crowds and what we urge everybody is to stay cool and be patient," said Cook.
Since several surrounding counties have canceled their fireworks show, more people are packing up and heading to Waco.
Cook said the streets are buzzing and hotels are being booked up because officials say this weekend, Waco has become a statewide attraction.
"We've had calls from Flowermound up in the metroplex, down in San Antonio of people saying 'Hey we're going to come to Waco for the weekend,' so it's a great time to showcase what we have in downtown Waco."
Mandy King, a Waco resident, said she has noticed that having more people in town, means more traffic.
"Yea a little bit more, more traffic, and I imagine this place is going to be, you know, packed with people, you know around 5 o'clock on Monday. It's going to be amazing."
To stay safe and out of trouble Jonathan Cook offers this advice.
"Drink water before you come and you can bring a cooler full of water," said Cook, "because staying hydrated is definitely important this time of year. The other part of it is, if you have a thought of bringing some old fire crackers out, don't do it. We will be issuing any type of tickets and those fines are increased."
If you can't make it out to the big celebration the show will be telecast from Waco's city cable station.