El Paso County Hosting Star-Spangled Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration at Ascarate Park
It’s going to be a Stars and Stripes 4th of July at Ascarate Park.
El Paso County is celebrating Independence Day with food trucks, swimming, and an aerial firework display over the lake. There’s going to be a lot going on, so let me break it down.
The fireworks display will have you oohing and awing as you watch the sky light up and the rampart’s red glare reflected on the lake surface. Start time is approximately 9:20 p.m.
Park Hours & Parking
Park hours on the Fourth will be 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. with July 4th activities beginning at noon.
Parking will be $5 per vehicle (cash only), and no charge for those who walk in the park. The vehicle capacity will be capped at 2,000 cars “to ensure traffic safety.”
Swimming will be broken down into two sessions. The first session will be 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The second block of swimmers will take the plunge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The cost per swim session is $3 for adults, 17 under $2 (cash only).
Shelters are free and available on first come first served basis, but if you want to guarantee yourself shelter you can rent one in advance. Fees start at $50 for the day and can be reserved by calling 915-771-2380
A number of food trucks will be on-site at the recently renovated Special Events Area on the east side of the lake from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
VIP Picnic Party
Ascarate Golf Course VIP Picnic Party will be, and I quote, “a spectacular view of the fireworks with the best seats in the park."
Tickets are $35 for adults, and $10 for 17 years and younger. They can be purchased in person at the golf course Pro Shop. Includes dinner, parking pass, and live music from Excape Band.