Everyone can enjoy watching the aerobatics of military warbirds that fly into the region during the July 4 weekend for the sixteenth annual Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 3. The event is safe, free, and family friendly.
The air show features civilian and military fighter jets from World War II and the Vietnam era performing aerial acrobatics. Helicopters, skydiving demonstrations, and patriotic music are part of the performance.
Residents can watch from their personal boats and watercraft or from locations on the shore, such as the Pinnacle Golf Club. Game wardens from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department block off an airshow box with orange buoys to prevent boaters from entering the neutral zone.
Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation sponsors the annual air show to raise funds for wounded and disabled veterans in the region. In 2020 the foundation donated $65,000 to veterans charities.
This year the program is raising money for Camp V Tyler, a local charity supporting veterans’ needs for rehabilitation and recovery and connecting them with helpful resources. Fisher House and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society are two other charities that benefit from the annual event. For information visit the CCVF website at www.ccveteransfoundation.org.
The former war planes also appear at the Warbird Expo July 2-4 at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport where visitors can see the planes up close.
The Rose City Airfest is a new event this year and includes airplane rides, a live concert, and an airshow on July 2 at Tyler Pounds. Private rides in the warbirds begin at 10 a.m. Kristyn Harris performs live from 4:30-5:30 p.m. followed by the air show at 6 p.m. Admission to the airfest and museum is $25 per person. For information about the Rose City Airfest visit www.tylerhamm.org.