The news is out and it’s flag-waving news! The annual Independence Concert and Fireworks, put on by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League, will be held in 2020. The will be staged in the usual grand style on Celebration Plaza on Saturday September 5, 2020 during the Labor Day weekend. First cancelled by COVID-19 restrictions from it’s initial June 27 date, League representatives came out with the exciting news during a KSST Good Morning Show interview on Thursday May 21, 2020. League President Linda Galligher made the announcement along with Sharla Campbell, 2020 League Treasurer. Attendees can expect a quality symphony performance by professional musicians and conductor Douglas Bakenhus, and an impressive fireworks display at the conclusion of the concert.
Linda stated, “after twenty-eight years of annual concerts to celebrate our nation’s birthday, it was disheartening to have to cancel it’s summer date. But after a period of contemplation and prayer, an alternate date came up that members of the League feel will be safe as well as worthy of the event. Saturday September 5, 2020 is the new date where we will honor Veterans, promote the arts and provide a wholesome upbuilding experience for the whole community. Of course, this is a free event for everyone!” During the on-air interview which broke the news to the public, Sharla explained, “this is 2020, the year that America has learned to adapt. So it seems only fitting that the Sulphur Springs Symphony League adapt as well, to host the concert and fireworks display downtown on the Labor Day weekend. We want our Veterans to know that we are grateful and honor you always. And the Symphony League board wants to thank our sponsors who are supporting this change. We look forward to celebrating this country and this community together again, on September 5!”
Both wished to extend special thanks to Joey Baker of the City of Sulphur Springs, who logistically assisted in helping both the Independence Concert and the previously-scheduled event, Red, White and Brews, to share the day. The concert will take place on Celebration Plaza to begin at 7pm, while the Red, White and Brews event will be held on the Tesla parking area on Main Street through the day until 7pm.