Douglas residents celebrated the Fourth of July last week with a parade, carnival and fireworks.
The parade lasted about 45 minutes and had 46 entries. Event organizers said the floats were not judged this year and no awards would be handed out.
Following the parade the downtown carnival began with various booths for the kids as well as a popular dunk tank the featured the mayor, city manager, various city council members and Douglas firefighters. All the proceeds from the dunk tank went to the Toys for Tots program.
Shortly before 1 p.m. a brief storm moved in and those in attendance scattered only to return a short while later when the rain had stopped.
Eighth Street Park was packed Wednesday night as anticipation grew closer to the time the fireworks were supposed to start.
Just as the show was about to begin the showers returned fortunately not heavy enough to wash out the display and the Douglas Fire Department was able to put on a spectacular display that seemed to satisfy the crowd.
Officials for the Douglas Police Department report that all in all it was quiet that night except for an occasional dui or routine traffic stop.
Douglas’ newly elected Mayor Danny Ortega Jr. said he enjoyed the new location as G Ave. was blocked off between 10th and 11th Street.
“It was a great family atmosphere,” he said. “It was nice to see the kids running around having fun.”
Ortega said people he spoke with liked the fact this was away from the 8th Street Park and they could still go to the other location later that evening for the fireworks.
“It was a great Fourth of July,” he said. “I’m hoping the city can do something like this again next year.”
Douglas’ Fire Chief Mario Novoa said he was happy to report the fireworks came off as well as expected.
“We fired off about 900 fireworks in about 15-20 minutes,” he said. “We had to start 15 minutes early because of the rain but I thought (they) did a good job of taking care of our investment.”
The chief said his department had help from the other agencies and even had professional pyrotechnic's on hand to assist with the lighting of the fireworks.
“I thought it was a great show,” he said.
The Chief said his department was busy with EMS calls throughout the day but other than a few large fires in some grills, no major fires were reported.
“It was one of the better Fourth of July’s,” he said. “…a nice holiday.”