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'Bursting in air'

Apogee fireworksEmployees will enjoy a three-day weekend as UNT will be closed July 4 in celebration of the country’s 238th birthday, but the campus still will have plenty of activity.

The annual Denton Noon Kiwanis fireworks show will be held at Apogee Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with live music beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks are expected to start about 9:45 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking at Fouts Field or Apogee Stadium is $5.

In its second year at Apogee, the event has multiple benefits – such as allowing UNT athletics to promote the upcoming Mean Green football season. The UNT ticket office and the Mean Green team store will be open to sell tickets for UNT’s home games..

“It’s a great opportunity to get the Mean Green out there in front of people, to tout last year’s nine-win season and to build excitement for the upcoming season,” said Hank Dickenson, associate athletics director

The event also helps the Denton community at large.

“This is a great event that gets bigger each year,” Dickenson said. “It’s important to remember that the Kiwanis sponsors this event to raise money through its ‘bucket brigade’ for children’s clinics. The money they raise each year helps kids right here in our own back yard.”

He said the event also gives proud Americans a chance to celebrate Independence Day with a lot of family activities and live music from two local bands. Multiple sponsors have contributed to provide an impressive fireworks show.

Tailgating beforehand will be allowed in all the areas around the stadium, and concession stands will be open inside the stadium. However, spectators may not bring coolers or outside food into the stadium. Also, spectators will not be allowed on the field area as they were at Fouts.

Dickenson said spectators were welcome to stay and tailgate after the show, as well, in order to allow time for some of the traffic to clear the stadium.

—Matthew Zabel, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Above, Fireworks from the 2013 Denton Noon Kiwanis show at Apogee Stadium. (Photo by Jonathan Reynolds / URCM)

Posted on: Thu 03 July 2014

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