ADDISON — Call it the preamble to July 4th.
Thousands staked their claims early in the main park to get a good view at Addison's annual Kaboom Town Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Several dozen even showed up before the gates opened at 3 p.m. Thursday.
"When you’re outside like we were last year, we just drove and drove and drove trying to find a place to park,” said Patti Bateman who found some shade and a bench.
Others came with umbrellas, shielding themselves from the sun and the sky, where they would soon look up to gaze, especially as vintage planes did acrobatic maneuvers through the sky.
“It was pretty awesome," said Matthew Wallis, who attended the Addison celebration for the first time. "I didn’t realize they were having the air show going on at the same time."
Organizers say they had to limit access to the main park. Twenty-five-thousand tickets were handed out this year, and only people with tickets were able to get into the park. But, organizers say many local and nearby restaurants and businesses held watch parties in parking lots.