Plenty of folks are spending their Fourth of July catching some rays on Padre Island, but with thousands of visitors expected at the beach, firefighters on the Island are gearing up for what could be a busy night.
The coastline was packed with thousands of people, mother nature serving up perfect weather for this Fourth of July holiday. You could say there's nothing more American than good music, good company, good waves and good food on the grill.
Chris Rachui was enjoying his time under the sun at the beach with family and friends, but has not forgotten the true meaning of the day.
"It means freedom," Rachui said. "All the troops, I've got some friends in the military, and appreciate everything they've done for us. Living in America."
Meanwhile, firefighters on the Island know the holiday can bring big crowds and big problems. For instance, a sport utility vehicle somehow ended up in the Packery Channel. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Still, crews are preparing for what could be a busy holiday, especially when it comes to fireworks.
"It's getting dry," said Doug Matthijetz of the Corpus Christi Fire Department. "Recent rain helped a little, but still a lot of dry vegetation around. Anytime you are throwing sparks in the air, they can land anywhere and start up. Especially out here with the wind."
They're hoping people play it safe.
"No fireworks are allowed inside the city limits whatsoever," Matthijetz said.
A fireworks fine could cost up to $2,000 a piece.
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