Locals bash by the bay in Port Lavaca

The music rocked and the fireworks sizzled as local residents and visitors filled the Bayfront Peninsula Park to celebrate the nation’s birthday during the Star-Spangled Bay Bash on the Fourth of July. “This year’s crowd was much bigger,” said Tania French, Port Lavaca Events chairwoman. Photo, Elena Riley spun around decked out patriotically for the event while Christie Whitaker and Rance Whitaker watch on. (DD Turner/Wave photo)