Aaron Campos Jr., 8, plays with his father prior to the Corpus Christi Mayor's Big Bang Celebration Parade on Shoreline Boulevard on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Concerts, parties, parades and of course fireworks are just another way the coastal bend celebrates our nation’s independence.

Here’s your guide to fireworks and a round-up of July 4th Corpus Christi and Coast Bend activities.

Everything about the mayor’s big bang fireworks

The Mayor’s Big Bang Fireworks display features a parade, light show, kids’ zone, live music, food trucks, and fireworks along the bay on July 4th.

Food truck court

Dozens of food trucks provide a variety of dining options on Shoreline Boulevard near Water’s Edge Park from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm.

Family fun & music zone

Bounce houses, horse rides, petting zoos, and live music take place between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. between Sherrill Park and the Great Lawn on Shoreline Boulevard.

People enjoy Corpus Christi mayor's fireworks show on Wednesday July 4, 2018 on Shoreline Boulevard.

Flint Hills Resources Parade

The Flint Hills Resources Parade begins at 6 p.m. on Interstate 37 and Shoreline Boulevard before ending in McCaughan Park off Park Street.

Parade visitors are asked to arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. to get a great view of the parade.

Harbor Bridge light show

The port bridge will glow red, white and blue at the port of the city shortly before the fireworks in the bay.

The light show starts at 9 p.m. and will dance to music from local radio stations 92.7 FM, 95.5 FM and 1440 AM.

When is the fireworks?

The show begins at 9:30 pm with fireworks set off from a barge dock in Corpus Christi Bay north of People’s Street T-Head.

Looking for a ride? The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority offers free park and ride from 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Pickup is from Corpus Christi City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street and drop-off is located on Water Street between John Sartain Street and William Street.

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Places to see the fireworks

Spectators looking for the best view of the July 4th fireworks display in downtown Corpus Christi have more than four miles of bay to choose from.

Beach view

  • Dolphin Park (North Beach)
  • Gulfspray Park (North Beach)
  • Surfside Park (North Beach)
  • Burleson Beach Park (North Beach)
  • Fajitaville (north beach)
  • McGee Beach (downtown Corpus Christi)

The fireworks of the mayor's big bang celebration on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, in Corpus Christi.

Park view

  • North Bayfront Park
  • Sherrill Park
  • The big lawn
  • McCaughan Park
  • Cole Park

Fireworks view

  • USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
  • The dam

If you want a more private viewing experience, these venues sell places to see the fireworks with the best views of the bay.

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Red, White & Boom on the Lex

Watch the fireworks display over Corpus Christi Bay at a private party starting at 7 p.m. aboard the USS Lexington Museum on the bay’s flight deck at 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. Seats are generally permitted, but you can bring your own chair. No external coolers or groceries are allowed (luggage control upon entry), groceries as well as beer and wine are offered for sale. Cost: $ 25 per person, $ 15 for members and military (with valid ID). Information: 361-888-4873 or https://www.usslexington.com/.

July 4th at the Texas State Aquarium

The Texas State Aquarium is open for an off-hours party at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. at 7:00 p.m. Explore selected areas of the aquarium, enjoy snacks and drinks, then watch the Mayor’s Big Bang Fireworks Show over the bay. Tickets include free hot dog and hamburger dinner with alcohol and other discounts available for purchase. Chairs and blankets are welcome, but refrigerators and outdoor food and drink are prohibited. Cost: US $ 30 for members, US $ 40 for non-members, children under 2 free. Information: 361-881-1230 or https://www.facebook.com/TXStateAquarium/.

21+ party at the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina

The Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina is hosting the Mayor’s Big Bang Fireworks Show at 707 N. Shoreline Blvd. Enjoy appetizers, cocktails and a spectacular view of the fireworks. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $ 20 per person, limited space. Information: 361-882-1700 or https://www.facebook.com/holidayinnmarina.

What happens when it rains?

The National Weather Service reports that there is a high chance of warm, humid weather on the night of July 4th.

Wednesday has the best chance of rain with a 60 percent chance of rain with mostly cloudy skies and a high of almost 88.

Until Thursday, the probability of showers and thunderstorms drops by 20 percent, otherwise mostly sunny skies with a high of 89 and gusts of wind up to 24 miles per hour.

More:National Weather Service: The first week of July in South Texas is humid

Is it illegal to set off fireworks on Corpus Christi?

It is illegal to set off fireworks within the city limits, including on the beach. They can be fined up to $ 2,000 per fireworks package opened.

Report fireworks to Corpus Christi Police at 361-886-2677.

More:Here’s what you need to know about Nueces County’s fireworks ban

Further activities on July 4th around Corpus Christi

Texas Mudfest on South Texas Speedway

South Texas Speedway is hosting Texas Mudfest from July 4-6 at 6701 Old Brownsville Road. Fun for the whole family and in aid of the David DeLay Scholarship Fund. The gates open on Thursday 4th July and Friday 5th July and Saturday 6th July at 12 noon. Camping possible for a fee. Costs: $ 25 adult day ticket, USD 15 day ticket for children ages 3 to 12, USD 45 three-day ticket. Information: 281-389-0573 or https://www.txmudfest.com.

Free concert on July 4th at the Waves Resort

The Waves Resort is offering a free July 4th concert with Two Tons of Steel and Ty Dietz from 6pm to 11pm at 14353 Commodores Drive. Get ready to dance your flip-flops as the Waves Resort Corpus Christi and Shiner Beer FREE concert series kicks off on the first Thursday with Two Tons of Steel and Ty Dietz. Free. Information: 361-589-4220 or https://wavesresortcc.com/.

July 4th fundraiser in support of Rockport Warriors United at The Exchange

The exchange is unveiling a July 4th fundraiser supporting Rockport Warriors United from 7pm to 11pm at 224 N. Mesquite St. The guests receive a feast on July 4th in the form of a buffet. Live entertainment with comedians Scott Brooks, Tina LaCochina and Bill Eaves, followed by live music with Triptonite. Proceeds will go to Rockport Warriors United, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that provides help and comfort to veterans of the U.S. military, police, fire department, and PTSD first responders. Cost: 50 USD entry, 125 USD VIP (open bar), free children 12 and under. Information: 361-414-9788 or https://www.facebook.com/theexchangecorpuschristi/.

7th annual Iceland Blast fireworks

The 7th annual Island Blast Fireworks display begins at 9:00 p.m. on Padre Island. Islanders can view their own fireworks, funded by donations from the canals, or watch the fireworks from Whitecap Blvd. Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/Island-Blast-Fireworks-Display-205396660067613/.

More activities on July 4th in Coastal Bend

Port Aransas Independence Day fireworks

The city of Port Aransas hosts fireworks over the water from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Spectators can gather in Robert’s Point Park or in restaurants at Port Aransas City harbor. https://business.portaransas.org/events/details/independence-day-fireworks-display-15676

Wendell Fireworks Show and Patriotic Boat Parade in Rockport-Fulton

The Rockport Yacht Club hosts its annual boat parade from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Little Bay on Rockport Beach.

The parade begins at noon and heads south into Little Bay near the coast of Key Allegro and to the Leggett Light Channel, past the navy, in the northern part of Little Bay.

The 54th annual Wendell Fireworks Display begins on July 21 at 9:15 pm in Little Bay, illuminating the sky and harbor. Spectators are encouraged to bring their garden chairs and enjoy the view of the bay. https://www.rockport-fulton.org/

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