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Bush Library offers 4th of July events

Published: Monday, July 2, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

The Fourth of July is a holiday that can be celebrated many different ways: BBQ with the family, outdoor fun with friends or fireworks over the horizon. Students here at Texas A&M have multiple options to celebrate.


There will be plenty to do for students staying in town for the holiday fun. The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is having the annual College Station Noon Lions Club's "I Love America" Fourth of July Celebration.


The museum opens at 9:30 a.m. and admission will be free all day. Parking on site ends at 4:30 p.m. but free shuttles will pick up patrons from West Campus Garage and Reed Arena. Starting at 5 p.m. the concessions will open outside the library, where picnics, coolers and lawn chairs are welcome, offering; snow cones, ice cream, sausage, beverages from Bryan Coca-Cola, watermelon and more. Tickets are required to enjoy the spread and will cost $1.


At 5:30 p.m. the Scott Shelby Band will begin entertaining the audience, followed by The Docs and Jason Adams as Elvis. At 8:30 p.m. the Library and Museum will close while the fun continues outside. The national anthem will be played at 8:45 p.m. followed by a live performance from the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. The night will end with fireworks at 9:50 p.m. and shuttles will begin taking everyone back after 10 p.m.


Will King, director of marketing and communications for the Bush Library, has been working for weeks with his staff and the Noon Lions Club to get ready for this event. They are expecting between 10,000-15,000 people along with vendors selling a variety of food.


“It’s been a similar event each year when its been here at the library for the last 14 years with live entertainment and great food,” King said. “But with the burn ban last year it was a laser light show, this year the fireworks are back.”


King also said that it’s the only opportunity to visit the Bush Museum for free all year and with the Heading to the White House exhibit closing July 29, it is a val

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