“July 4th celebrations made a comeback this year after having to cancel last year due to COVID-19 concerns. Sunday night, thousands of people came out to Auditorium Shores and The Long Center for the HEB Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks event,” writes Lindsey Ragas in Sunday’s (7/4) CBS TV (Austin, TX). “ ‘Last year, we took a hiatus due to the pandemic, so for us we’re just very excited that we could bring it back this year for the people of Austin and Central Texas,’ said David Pratt, CEO & Executive Director of Austin Symphony Orchestra.… Up to 100,000 people come out to watch the fireworks every year, but because this event was canceled last year, that number almost doubled on Sunday. ‘After this whole lockdown and pandemic and what we’ve been dealing with, there’s a real thirst and hunger to come together,’ Pratt said. The Bradley family attends every year this event is put on, but not just for the fireworks. ‘It’s really fun to hear the music from the symphony and obviously the fireworks are great, but you feel like you’re really celebrating with your community,’ [a Bradley family Member] said. ‘We’re really thankful they’re doing it this year.’ ”