Nocona, Saint Jo ready July 4th fireworks shows

Photo of Saint Jo fireworks by Jon Nunneley)

While the pandemic has cancelled many events there are still plans for the annual fireworks shows in Montague County on July 4.
The Nocona Lions Club celebrates its 53rd year presenting a fireworks at Lake Nocona. Set up at Weldon Robb Park, the club invites everyone to enjoy the sparkle which begins at dark.
Lions’ member Phil Staley said while they have cut back a bit the show will still continue the tradition of celebrating July 4th. A GoFundMe account has been set up by the club to accept donations to help fund the event. Nocona Lions Club July 4th fundraiser is the tagline.
There are tentative plans for a boat show on the lake, possibly moving to the morning instead of the evening for the decorated boat parade. A time will be published as soon as it becomes available.
Citizens are asked not to set off their personal fireworks in the Weldon Robb Park area since the Lions show will be set up in this spot. Families can go to Benton or Boone Park to avoid any safety issues with the large show.
In nearby Saint Jo the fire department is getting ready for its fireworks spectacular at Boggess Park. Families are invited to bring their lawnchairs to the park for an evening of old fashioned fun, food, games, music and fireworks. Everyone is encouraged to social distance and take other precautions related to COVID-19 safety.
The popular Firecracker 5K was cancelled for this year, but the fire department has added the “Covid Relief Run” on July 4. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with the run at 8 a.m. The fee is $20. This is not a sanctioned race.
Those with questions may call 940-235-0653 or 940-995-2337 (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
The kid’s patriotic parade will be at 10 a.m. on the town square. Anything non-motorized can participate as the children are invited to create the most patriotic entry. Places first, second and third will be awarded.
Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be live entertainment in Boggess Park. At 6 p.m. the homemade ice cream contest begins. A cash prize going to a local charity will be awarded for first-third place.
A recipe must be displayed along with the ice cream’s name.