Midland's 4th of July Celebration Going High-Tech

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- When we talk about the 4th of July one of the first things that comes to our minds is fireworks.  This year the Tall City is changing that tradition. Instead of having fireworks for it's downtown celebration, they're going to have a laser show. City officials say they want make sure everyone stays safe while everyone has fun.

"It's going to be fun, it still goes over your head, and it involves the crowd, it involves music, it's to music, it's going to be in all the buildings downtown, it's going to be a lot different and really fun," Natalie Shelton, Midland Chamber of Commerce, said.

The decision of having a laser show has been in the works since March and now with the fireworks ban in Midland County the city says it's a safer alternative.

"Everyone knew it was dry two months ago so that entered our minds about why we did a laser show, but now that there is actually is ban now, it's even more safe and everyone is really on board, so I think it will end up being more great to the community too," Shelton said.

Despite the excitement, some fear Tall City citizens will go to other places for entertainment. Shelton says she is confident people will choose this event.

"Midlanders will like to stay in Midland. We need to support what we have in downtown Midland. The laser show is different and everybody has to come see it, and what it's about, and maybe this could be an entire new event and have them come back each year," Shelton said.

Midlanders will not only get a laser show, but a lot of activities for the whole family.

"All during the event there is going to be tons of kids activities, bungy run, jumpers, face painting, bead making, there is going to be juggler, all sort of clowns, and then we will close the event with a laser show," Shelton said.

On the morning of July 4th, there will be a parade for the kids, registration starts at nine in the morning.

The main event will be at six in the afternoon; tickets will be 10 dollars per person, children 12 and under can get in for free.  All the festivities will take place in downtown Midland.