Fireworks will light the sky over Royse City Friday night during the city’s annual Celebrate Freedom event.
The fireworks show that’s scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. will top off an evening of Celebrate Freedom events that will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The celebration will be held at 1400 Farm to Market 1777 behind Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Royse City Middle School.
Along with fireworks, other activities planned include live music, a kids-zone and food trucks.
Janet McPherson, director of planning and community services for the city, said participants should bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread on the grounds for the community event.
McPherson said live music will feature performances by Big In Vegas at 6:30 p.m. and the headliner, Deryl Dodd, at 8:15 p.m.
According to the Deryl Dodd Productions Facebook page the entertainer “has made a name for himself as one of the most authentic artists in country music. From the Texas music circuit to Nashville, national tours to chart- topping hits, he’s seen the country music industry from the top.”
According to his Facebook page, the Dallas native got his call to stardom as a guitar player and backup singer with Martina McBride and on tour with country music icons like Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn.
After a life-threatening illness nearly ended his career in the late 90s, according to the Facebook page, Dodd “reemerged with a new appreciation for life and a stronger loyalty to himself and his music.”
Inspired by the county music classics he grew up listening to, his newest studio album, “Together Again,” contains 11 new tracks, including his “bone-jarring” title track of the Buck Owens 1964 classic.
Six food trucks also are expected to be a hit with the participants.
Food trucks will include Best Bayou Bites (featuring Cajun food), Eat Jo Dawgs (featuring a variety of hot dogs), Ruthie’s (featuring grilled cheese sandwiches), Texas Burrito Company (burritos, tacos and more), Kona Ice (snow cones) and Frosty Hut, a snow cone and ice cream cup business owned and operated by Tammy Becknell of Royse City.
The only expense for participants will be for their purchases from the food trucks.
A highlight for the kids will be kids-zone, McPherson said. She said the kids-zone will feature a climbing rock wall, inflatable slide, obstacle course and sticky wall.
According to the poster promoting the event, no animals will be permitted. Also, no alcohol will be allowed on the premises.