NEDERLAND — Usually after a storm like Thursday’s, standing water in Southeast Texas is to be avoided. Parents won’t let their children near a puddle — much less a pool — for fear that mosquitos might be breeding just beneath the surface.
But the 1.85 inches of rain seemed to flood all the mosquitos out of Port Arthur and Mid-County by Friday. When Southeast Texas residents flocked to Nederland’s Doornbos Park to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends, the field was dry and fluffy — perfect for some music, barbecue and fireworks.
By dusk, hundreds of patrons were already at the park and neighboring city pool to enjoy the day’s festivities leading up to the fireworks show at 9 p.m.
“We’re having a blast so far,” Lexxy Walker, 22, of Port Arthur said. “I came here with my little nieces and nephews so they could run around and go swimming. They’re having a great time.”
Walker’s nieces and nephews were splashing some of the pool’s cool, blue water at her feet. She was carrying two bags full of prepared hot dogs from a vendor in the park.
“I got plenty, so come get them while they’re hot,” she told the kids.
The kids climbed out of the pool and introduced their aunt to their new friends from Nederland.
“We came to the Nederland fireworks last year, and it was so much fun,” Walker said. “Parents are out having a good time with their children. Some of the smaller kids tire out before the fireworks start, but the older kids love it. They all wanted to come back this year.”
Ashley Hendricks, 31, of Beaumont sat in a lawn chair, watching her three children play tag with some of their relatives.
“I came down from Beaumont so we could see our Mid-County family,” she said. “It’s a great way for us to get all our kids together and let them have fun. It’s a safe environment — parents looking out for each other’s kids and making sure no one gets hurt.”