Fireworks to Light the Sky

Posted on Jul 02, 2013

Amarillo Globe-News July 4th Celebration at John Stiff Park

Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo, in conjunction with AGN Media and Amarillo Symphony, is pleased to announce that the fireworks display will once again return to the line-up of family-friendly festivities at John Stiff Park this year. It’s a tradition that the Amarillo Globe-News has been proud to be a sponsor of since its inception in 1954.

“The annual Fireworks Festival is the largest event in Amarillo with between 15,000 and 20,000 people at John Stiff Park each year,” says Les Simpson, AGN Media publisher. “Plus, thousands more watch the fireworks from around the park. It’s a family-oriented event that is a safe and fun way to celebrate our nation’s Independence.”

Entry into the park begins at 4:30 p.m. July 4 with onsite parking provided along 45th Avenue on the north side of the park. Parking costs $3 and will benefit Southwest AMBUCS, a non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. 

Festivities officially kick off at 5 p.m. with a Kids Bike Parade led by Mayor Paul Harpole. Help your kids deck out their bikes, strollers or wagons in red, white and blue and join us for a parade around the park. In addition to The Amarillo Symphony, live music on the Anderson Merchandiser Stage will include the Agave Posse Band at 5:15 and Matt Martindale at 6:15.

The Amarillo Symphony, featuring its newly announced conductor, Jacomo Rafael Bairos, will take to the stage at 8:30 p.m. as excitement grows in anticipation of the fireworks. This concert will have something for everyone to enjoy, and will simulcast on KGNC FM 97.9 and KGNC AM. The evening will conclude with the spectacular fireworks display at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Please remember that the annual AGN Media July 4th Celebration offers an affordable and safe family-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy and even though Amarillo is not under severe drought conditions, temperatures have soared in the last few weeks and there is always a threat of wildfires. Because of this, the City of Amarillo would like to remind everyone that fireworks are not permitted within the City limits. Violation of this City ordinance is punishable by fine up to $2,000.

For more information about the City’s fire code that addresses the possession of fireworks, visit and click on the Municipal Code link on the bottom of the home page. For more information on the Amarillo Globe-News July 4th Celebration, visit

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