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Big Crowds Expected Again For Kaboom Town

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ADDISON (CBSDFW.COM) - Addison is once again hosting Kaboom Town on Wednesday night. It is one of the most popular fireworks shows in the entire nation. But, if you are planning to be among the tens of thousands attending the North Texas celebration, there is something that you need to know.

Simply put, you will want to get your spot early. Addison is limiting the crowd on Wednesday night to just 30,000 people. After that, the gates will close at Addison Circle and revelers will have to find another spot to watch the fireworks.

Mayor Todd Meier has watched the Kaboom Town crowds packing into Addison Circle get bigger and bigger each summer. “With about 500,000 people in our town, that makes this the largest single spectator traffic event in Texas during the year,” he explained. “It’s like five times the typical Cowboys game crowd, here in Addison.”

So, instead of narrowing the appeal, Meier wants to broaden the stage. “We are encouraging folks to kind of spread out through Addison,” added Meier about the area’s plans. The mayor wants local hotels and restaurants to join the celebration and host their own watch parties. “There’s not a bad place in Addison to see the fireworks, or the airshow, or just enjoy the fun.”

Cantina Laredo is just one of some 170 restaurants within the town’s limits. They plan to host 1,000 people in their parking lot — with food, tents and music. “The only better seat you can get is if you are seating right on that runway,” said Chef Rambo Saucedo about the restaurant’s relatively unobstructed view of the fireworks show. “You have it right here.”

Addison is also encouraging attendees to stay after the fireworks show is over, which will help ease the legendary traffic jam that is created just as the finale ends. Officials want to slow that exodus. “Immediately after the fireworks, to encourage people to stay late, we have outstanding music,” said Meier. “So, just spend an evening of it.”

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