Fort Worth, Sister Cities partner for July 4 fireworks

A. Lee Graham Reporter   Fort Worth’s Fourth of July fireworks display promises added significance this year as the event honors the 25th anniversary of Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s partnership with Nagaoka, Japan. Fort Worth’s Fourth is presented by the Tarrant Regional Water District and produced by Trinity River Vision Authority. Donating half the fireworks for the July 4 event will be Nagaoka, a city known for producing its own fireworks displays. The second half of the show will feature what organizers call Texas-style fireworks Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Nagaoka Mayor Tamio Mori and a Japanese delegation will attend the ceremony to reaffirm the 25-year-old partnership. Admission is free, with the event promising Jet Ski shows, live music from Downtown Fever and Petty Theft, tubing, bounce houses, mini golf, horseback rides, face painting, food and more. Gates open at 2 p.m. and fireworks will start at about 9:30 p.m. at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., along the Trinity River. On-site parking will be available. More information is available at 817-698-0700.