WELCOME FROM CHANCELLOR JOHN SHARP
Last July we hosted the very first drive-in style fireworks show at the RELLIS Campus. I am proud to say that the event was such a success that we have decided to not only host the event again this year, but to make it bigger and better by adding drones.
You also may be surprised how much RELLIS Campus has changed over this past year – construction of this one-of-a-kind location continues. But we still have space for thousands of cars to view our firework show.
WTAW (FM 94.5) has again volunteered to broadcast patriotic music synced to the fireworks provided by the Chancellor’s Century Council and our other sponsors. KBTX also will televise the event on its CW8 channel (3.2 over the air or Channel 8 on Suddenlink) for those of you who cannot attend in-person. You can also find it on KBTX’s Facebook page or app.
Please join us this Independence Day for the second 4th of July Fireworks and Drone Show at the RELLIS Campus!
— John Sharp
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will the event be livestreamed?
When is the 4th of July Fireworks at RELLIS show?
Sunday, July 4, 2020. The parking areas will open at 6:30 p.m., and the 30 minute fireworks show will begin at 9:00 pm. Please note that no entry will be permitted once the fireworks begin.
Is there an entrance fee? Is this a family friendly event?
The fireworks show is a free family friendly community event, open to all residents of the Brazos Valley and surrounding area. Households are encouraged to come and enjoy the fireworks show from their cars. We kindly ask that all patrons and their children remain at or in their personal vehicles while attending the event.
Where is the 4th of July Fireworks at RELLIS show? And how do I get there?
Will there be buses running to the fireworks show?
No, there will not be buses running to the RELLIS Campus. This event is a drive-in fireworks show and all guests are asked to remain with their personal vehicles.
Where can I park to watch the show?
Primary parking for this event will be available in designated areas that can be found on the event map available and hyperlinked below.
Guests wishing to view the fireworks are encouraged to park in lots available on the RELLIS campus. Parking on roadway shoulders is not permitted to keep traffic moving safely and efficiently.
Is there music for this event?
Music that complements the fireworks show can be found on the local radio station, WTAW, at 94.5 FM.
Is seating available? Can we bring lawn chairs and sit in the grassy areas?
The show is a drive-in fireworks show and all guests are encouraged to stay with their vehicles.
All parking will be 5′ apart to assist with physical distancing efforts.
Do we have to wear masks? Or practice physical distancing?
Masks are not required, however, unvaccinated individuals and fully vaccinated individuals who have underlying health conditions or are taking medication that weaken their immune system are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines of wearing a mask and maintaining the 6 feet between themselves and others.
What if I have been diagnosed with, am caring for someone with, or am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? Can I still come to the fireworks show?
Please stay home if you have been diagnosed, are caring for someone with, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other signs of illness, you are encouraged to seek medical advice promptly.
If you are unable to attend in person, you can view the fireworks show online in the following locations:
Are dogs and other pets allowed?
For the safety of your animals and other guests, dogs and other pets are not allowed at the 4th of July Fireworks at RELLIS show. Service animals are permitted.
Will there be food and drinks/alcohol available? Are coolers allowed?
There will not be food and drinks available on-site. Guests are welcome to bring coolers, however, all beverages and snacks should remain inside your personal vehicle. We ask that guests take home any trash they might bring with them, or dispose of it in the provided trash receptacles.
Will any of the buildings on campus be open?
No. All buildings on the RELLIS campus will be closed to the public during this event.
Will there be public bathrooms available?
Yes, some portable bathrooms will be available in selected parking lots on campus. Hand washing stations will also be available at each portable bathroom location.
What if it rains? Will the fireworks be rescheduled?
If canceled due to weather concerns, the fireworks show will not be rescheduled.
Will there be cellular service?
There is limited cellular coverage on the RELLIS Campus.
Can I leave the parking area and come back?
You can exit the parking areas at any time, but no reentry will be permitted once the fireworks begin.
If you need to return to the area, reentry will be permitted after 11:30 p.m.
What if we need to leave the show early?
Drive safely as you exit the parking areas. Please note that you will only be allowed to complete right turns at both exits and reentry will not be permitted.
Who do I call if there is an emergency? Is there a medical tent?
Police, parking security, and EMS will be available throughout the event. If you are experiencing an emergency, you should call 911 from any cell phone. First responders will be dispatched to your location.
Who do I contact about a lost item?
To see if your item has been recovered, email TAMUS Safety and Security at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is RELLIS?
The RELLIS Campus fosters cutting-edge research, technology development, workforce training and two- and four-year college degrees by tapping the A&M System’s state agencies and multiple universities, along with academic, corporate and government partners outside the A&M System. The RELLIS Campus is also the future home base for the U.S. Army Futures Command’s central testing hub.
Contact: Laylan Copelin
Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications
(512) 289-2782 cell