Despite firework bans, people are celebrating this Independence Day in multiple ways. Sheppard Airforce Brigadier General Darryl Burke told Newschannel 6 he's enjoying this Fourth of July Holiday spending quality time with his son. Residents said they went to the parade downtown, had cookouts, and enjoyed the water parks.
General Burke told Newschannel 6 he came down to the Wichita Falls Fourth of July parade Monday morning, gave a speech, and enjoyed time with the community. And his plans for the rest of the holiday he says, "I'm going to spend some time with my son. I'm normally very busy. So I don't get a lot of family time. So I'm looking forward to that opportunity to spend a little time with him. My wife and daughter are up in Boston to see the fireworks since we're not having any fireworks here in Wichita Falls."
The Wichita Falls Awbrey Family also went out to the parade this morning. Wichita Falls Resident Andrew Awbrey says, "I first got my hair painted. And then me and my dad, we first went to the cake walk. And my dad was number four, and I was number 5." His father, Jim Awbrey says, "A non-fire work thing is going to work out fine because everybody's celebrating. Everybody is coming out this morning. And we're going to go home. And barbecue and enjoy family."
Retired Airforce Debi Smith says she's taking the day to remember our U.S. military. Smith says, "It's a wonderful chance for us really to think about all the airmen and soldiers that are across the globe today fighting for our freedom. So that's what I'm going to do for most of the day." General Burke says the Fourth of July is a day for Americans to be proud. He says, "It's just a great day to be an American. I usually say it's a great day to be an airman, but it's a great day to be an American. And it's really great to be in this town's atmosphere here. And be home on US soil for a Fourth of July Independence Day. And it's great to celebrate with the folks here in Wichita Falls."
Some residents did leave the state to go see fireworks, but the ones that stayed told Newschannel 6 they are happy enjoying this holiday in town with friends and family. Residents also say they are getting together with neighbors and going swimming in their pools, Castaway Cove, riding bikes, and even star gazing.