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Downtown San Angelo, Inc. is prepping for its first Independence Day event

"It's almost a 24/7 hour operation, but we know it's going to be a great success at the end of the day," DTSA executive director Del Velasquez said.
Credit: Kami Simmons

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Downtown San Angelo, Inc. wanted to make sure the community has a place to celebrate Independence Day. That's why the nonprofit organization is hosting a one-time event, "A Star-Spangled Banner Concert & Fireworks" for the community July 3 at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage.

"We thought, man, we have to do this. So, we're on our way to put together a firework show as well as the music that's going to be all of the bands that are going to be playing," Del Velasquez, Downtown San Angelo, Inc. executive director, said.

While the San Angelo Symphony's July Pops concert has been canceled, DTSA jumped in right away to make sure there was something the community can attend for the holiday. Velasquez said the goal was to move forward in the effort to help make something happen.

"We felt strongly that we needed to do something to celebrate July 4 downtown," Velasquez said. 

The organization confirmed the United States Air Force Band would be one of the many bands performing at the event.

Valesquez and his team are working night and day to help pull off this event. 

"It's consuming me night and day and our volunteers that are helping with putting this together. So, it's almost a 24/7 a day job. It's going to be worth it at the end of the day," Velasquez said. 

The San Angelo Symphony has hosted the July 3 Pops concert for many years. However, its 2021 live, in-person concert was canceled because of a lack of funding.

"We know that it's going to be a great success to have this event, and we look forward to the future years for the San Angelo Symphony to continue the program that they established for many, many years and continue doing what they've done in the future," Velasquez said. 

Gates for the concert and fireworks show open at noon. The event is free and open to the public.