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RELLIS Campus To Host Drive-In July 4 Fireworks

Guests can enjoy the show from the safety of their vehicles.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications June 30, 2020

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The Texas A&M University System will host a July 4 fireworks show at the RELLIS Campus.

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Brazos Valley residents are invited  Saturday to a July 4 fireworks show – drive-in style to maintain social distancing – hosted by The Texas A&M University System and held at the RELLIS Campus in Bryan.

John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, said the community-wide event is a safe way to enjoy fireworks and celebrate the national holiday. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 9 p.m.

Radio station WTAW (94.5 FM) will provide patriotic music, and the parking area will open at 7:30 p.m.

Sharp said many residents were disappointed when local fireworks shows were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 1950s-style drive-in event will allow viewers to see the fireworks from the safety of their vehicles, he said.

“After many of the traditional Fourth of July fireworks shows were canceled, it was mentioned that the expansive RELLIS Campus might be an excellent location for a celebration that would allow social distancing,” Sharp said. “From that conversation came the idea of a drive-in fireworks event.”

Sharp said guests are encouraged to practice social distancing, including remaining with their vehicles during the show. Also, they should wear face masks when appropriate, maintain at least six feet of distance between others and stay home if feeling ill.

“We have room for thousands of cars. Bring your family. All we ask is that you stay with your vehicle and be safe. And who knows, drive-in fireworks may become a new tradition,” Sharp said.

The fireworks show will also be featured on local TV station KBTX for those who are unable to attend in-person.

Co-sponsors of the event include The Texas A&M University System, the Chancellor’s Century Council, the City of Bryan, SSC, KBTX-TV, WTAW and The Bryan-College Station Eagle.

For more information, visit the event webpage.

Media contact: Laylan Copelin, vice chancellor of marketing and communications, 512-289-2782,

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