Firework show

Last year’s firework show captured by Bill Harvey at the first Star Spangled Bay Bash in Port Lavaca. This year’s event is Thursday, July 4. (Photo by Bill Harvey)

Sis – Bash at the Bay in Point Comfort, Friday and Saturday.

Boom – Star Spangled Bay Bash in Port Lavaca, Thursday, July 4.

Bah – The Annual Fireworks Display in Port O’Connor, Saturday, July 6.

Sis-boom-bah, it’s the Fourth of July in Calhoun County.

The week of sizzling fun kicks off Friday and Saturday in Point Comfort.

For the second year, the two-day event will feature a car show, washer tournament as well as a barbecue cook-off all at City Park along with its environs.

On Friday, the Point Comfort Fourth of July Celebration Washer Tournament kicks off at 7 p.m. The fee per team is $30 with $10 going to the city’s Volunteer Fire Department.

The tournament is a GCWL-sanctioned event to be played on three-hole boxes.

To register a team of at least two people, call City Hall at 361-987-2661, ext. 4, or call Big Nate at 361-652-6547.

The Point Comfort Barbecue Cook-Off runs both days of the celebration. Teams will be cooking brisket, pork spareribs, fajitas, Jack Pot Beans and Jack Pot Chef’s Choice.

Chef’s Choice turn-in is Friday at 7:30 p.m. with turn-in for the other categories starting at 2 p.m. with beans Saturday.

Entry fees are $150 for one or all meats, $20 for Jack Pot Beans and $20 for Jack Pot Chef’s Choice. Set up begins at noon Friday.

Call City Hall at 361-987-2661, ext. 4, to register.

City Councilman George Hernandez, who oversees the Parks and Recreation Department, said he is hoping for a big crowd as all the proceeds will benefit the fire department.

“It’s for our new building,” he said. “We will take donations, and there will be a breakfast in the morning put on by the volunteer fire department to raise funds.”

Saturday, as the air is scented with the smell of brisket and other delicacies, the car show will run noon to 2 p.m. and is open to all years, makes and models.

First place trophies will be awarded for Best-in-Show and the Best in the following 10 categories: Hot Rod, Motorcycle, Audio/Video, Rat Rod, Lowered, Tuner, Lifted, Classic, Engine and Paint.

Call City Hall at 361-987-2661, ext. 4, to register your vehicle.

The Saturday highlight will be the dazzling fireworks display set for around 9 p.m. or as soon as it gets dark.

Before the show, attendees can enjoy the park, vendors and a pool party, which starts at 6 p.m. and can accommodate 250 people. Rudy Valentino will be enchanting the night with his musical playlist.

“I hope we have a good turnout and that people support the vendors. People need to support the vendors as well,” said Hernandez. Fireworks and great musical sounds will reverberate through Port Lavaca Thursday, July 4, during the second Star-Spangled Bay Bash.

The event is put on by the city of Port Lavaca and opens at 3 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m. at Bayfront Peninsula Park, 501 E. Main St.

This year’s firework display, sponsored by Port Lavaca Auto group, is anticipated to start after the final note of the Spazmatics drifts away.

“Spazmatics are a local favorite, with their funky costumes and dynamic show, they keep the crowd energized and engaged. Rising star Bethany Becker appeals to all ages and puts on an amazing show. Featuring well known music and some originals, as well,” said Tania French, Port Lavaca Events chairwoman.

The Spazmatics will return to perform at 7 p.m., and opening will be Bethany Becker Band at 4:30 p.m. Vendors will be open throughout the event.

The event is free to the community who are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and families. No coolers or outside drinks will be allowed.

“This is a family-friendly event with great entertainment and fireworks,” said French, adding people should come early to catch the watermelon-eating contest.


The long-running annual display of fireworks kicks off around 9 p.m. or dark at King Fisher Park in Port O’Connor.

During the day, there will be vendors for those who come early to stake out a place to watch the show. These include snow cones, funnel cakes, corn dogs, barbecue and more.

The event is free to the public and sponsored by the Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce and is paid for through donations and fundraisers.

Residents are encouraged to bring their coolers, lawn chairs and kick back and relax. If you bring your pet, please keep it on a leash.