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July 4 celebration salutes military, emergency responders


Morgan's Wonderland will celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4, with a special tribute to those who dedicate themselves to protecting their fellow citizens - members of the armed forces as well as first responders such as fire, law enforcement and emergency medical professionals.

"Independence Day gives us an excellent opportunity to say thanks to dedicated men and women who devote themselves day in and day out to public security and safety," said Ron Morander, general manager of the unique and colorful Morgan's Wonderland theme park.

Morgan's Wonderland gates will be open from 9 am to 4 pm, while special entertainment and free food will be offered from 11 am to 2 pm.

Free hot dogs with all the trimmings plus apple pies courtesy of McDonald's Restaurants will be served while supplies last, Morander said.

Military members, first responders and members of their families who present valid ID cards at the Morgan's Wonderland Welcome Center can obtain a special discounted admission of $8 per person.

Individuals with special needs and children ages 2 and younger are admitted free.

After the special daytime activities at Morgan's Wonderland, the scene will shift to nearby Heroes Stadium at Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive for a 7:30 pm North American Soccer League contest pitting the San Antonio Scorpions against FC Edmonton, immediately followed by a colorful, patriotic fireworks display. For more information, visit


All Scorpions net profits go to Morgan's Wonderland to help the non-profit park meet its financial obligations as well as expand services and programs for the special-needs community, Morander noted.

The latest information on Morgan's Wonderland admissions, operating days/hours of operation, rides, attractions and special events/celebrations can be found at


The 25-acre theme park is located at 5223 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio just off IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.