Everyone’s getting excited about the annual Independence Concert set for Saturday July 1 in downtown Sulphur Springs! Plan to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and claim your favorite place on Celebration Plaza for listening to the music and watching the fireworks. This year, there will be numerous restaurant vendors set up on the south side of the square with concessions, in addition to keeping their restaurants open for diners. A musical salute to Veterans will start at 8 pm, followed by a program of our country’s most beloved patriotic and classical works, overtures and marches. At dark, a huge fireworks display will delight the audience. Be sure and arrive early and watch for signs and barricades marking traffic and parking limitations, as a safety precaution.
This will be the 26th annual concert, and as always, the celebration is free and open to the public to enjoy. However, the concert is not free to put on. In fact, expenses run between $30,000 -$40,000 which includes the cost of hiring professional conductor and musicians. Underwriters, sponsors and private donors are committed to providing the world-class event. Symphony League members also pitch in by holding a major fundraiser Radio and TV Auction each Autumn which provides about half the cost of the concert. Individuals who would like to become donors or join the Symphony League as members can also sign up at the KSST table and/or will find a sign-up table for that. Watch for Symphony League members around the KSST broadcast tent, where sign-ups for free American flag kits will also be going on. In addition to the live radio broadcast of the concert, the event will be recorded for playback on Channel 18 TV and added to the playback archive of previous concerts.