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      Canyon's annual Fourth of July firework show changes venue

      Hundreds of Fourth of July festival goers went to Canyon's annual Independence day celebration, but the event was a little different this year.

      The firework show was at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium this year rather than the usual Conner Park location.

      Canyon's Chamber of Commerce's Roger Remlinger said the change was to accommodate the growing entertainment and growing amount of people attending.

      "We decided to boost up our current entertainment. The park is no longer viable so that where the Kimbrough idea came up," Remlinger said.

      He said when the idea was first introduced, not everyone was happy about the change.

      "Anytime to make a change, you have a some people that disagree. You've got to give things a chance and see how it turns out," Remlinger said.

      Festival goers we spoke to said they think the change is a great idea because there are more people coming, and it will alleviate parking issues.

      "This thing has grown and grown and grown, and I think it'll make for a better sense of community . This takes the festival to a whole new level," Amarillo resident Dwayne Hollis said.

      Resident Krystal Reese said people were parking by neighbors houses when the event was held at the park .

      The Chamber of Commerce said they will evaluate the outcome of this year's festival to start the planning of next year's festival.

      The concert featuring Restless Hearts was before the firework show. Tickets were 5 dollars.