WELCOME FROM CHANCELLOR JOHN SHARP
You are invited to the 3rd Annual Drive-in Fireworks and Drones Show at the RELLIS Campus.
The Texas A&M University System and our sponsors are delighted to bring this tradition to our community. WTAW (FM 94.5) has again volunteered to broadcast patriotic music synced to the fireworks and drones show provided by the Chancellor’s Century Council and our other sponsors.
KBTX also will televise the event on its CW 8 channel for those who cannot attend. You can also find it on KBTX’s Facebook page or app.
While this Fourth of July Celebration began during the pandemic, it continues today because this community deserves the biggest and best show around.
This is an opportunity for our community to witness the dramatic growth at our RELLIS Campus, which is fast becoming a critical component in our nation’s defense, a research hub for future technologies and an extension of 11 universities and Blinn College.
More important, the Fourth of July is a time for all of us to celebrate our nation’s independence and reflect on the blessings of living in this great land.
God Bless America!
— John Sharp
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will the event be livestreamed?
When is the 4th of July Fireworks and Drones Show at RELLIS?
Monday, July 4, 2022. The parking areas will open at 6:30 p.m., and the 30 minute fireworks and drones show will begin at 9:00 p.m. Please note that no entry will be permitted once the show begins.
Is there an entrance fee? Is this a family friendly event?
The fireworks and drones 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 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 and Drones Show at RELLIS ? And how do I get there?
Will there be buses running to the fireworks and drones show?
No, there will not be buses running to the RELLIS Campus. This event is a drive-in fireworks and drones 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.
Traffic control personnel will direct guests where to park. 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 and drones 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 and drones show and all guests are encouraged to stay with their vehicles. Lawn chairs can be set up close to guests’ personal vehicles.
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 and drones 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 and Drones Show at RELLIS. Service animals are permitted.
Will there be food and drinks available? Are coolers allowed?
Food trucks will be available from 6:30-8:45 p.m. All food trucks will close PROMPTLY at 8:45 p.m. No food can be purchased after 8:45 p.m. to ensure guests can get back to their vehicles by the start of the show. Food trucks will be stationed at, or near, each parking lot. Guests need to enjoy the food trucks in their parking area to ensure the safety of all guests. Guests are allowed to bring coolers, however, all beverages and snacks should remain inside or near 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 and drones show be rescheduled?
The fireworks and drones 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 re-entry will be permitted once the show begins.
If you need to return to the area, re-entry 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 re-entry will not be permitted.
Can we bring our own sparklers?
It is strictly prohibited for a guests to bring fireworks of any kind, including sparklers.
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 email@example.com.
What is RELLIS?
The RELLIS Campus promotes cutting-edge research, technology development, workforce training and degree programs by tapping into The Texas A&M University System’s assets; including state agencies and university partners, along with academic, corporate and government collaborators. As a 2300 acre nationally recognized research and testing location only eight miles from the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas, The RELLIS Campus provides the environment where the world’s most complex problems are solved. RELLIS is an innovative ecosystem bringing together applied research, testing and evaluation, higher education, and workforce development – providing solutions that meet organizational needs.
Contact: Laylan Copelin
Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications
(512) 289-2782 cell