By George Slaughter
Katy-area residents joined Americans in celebrating Independence Day Thursday.
In Katy, the city hosted a freedom celebration Thursday morning at Katy Heritage Park, 6001 George Bush Dr. The crowd, the size of which might be estimated at about 1,500-2,000 people, enjoyed refreshments and a variety of attractions, including an animal petting zoo, bounce houses, cooling booth, dunking booth, slide, train ride, and various interactive games.
Local celebrities taking their turns in the dunking booth included Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris, Ward B. Council Member Jenifer Jordan Stockdick, and Fire Chief Russell Wilson.
The fire and police departments were well represented at the celebration. The park sits next to Fire Station #1, and people enjoyed operating fire hoses and seeing the fire engines and equipment.
Hero, one of the police department’s K9 officers, also drew attention from many youngsters in attendance.
Later that evening, Katy-area residents enjoyed a fireworks show staged at Katy Mills Mall.