It’s a Midlothian tradition and one that has deep roots in a community that cherishes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Citizen National Bank will once again host the annual Independence Day fireworks display in Midlothian with the pyrotechnics set to go off Tuesday night July 3, as soon as it gets dark.

“This is a very popular tradition in Midlothian and one that started when my father, Gene Rodgers, had the bank,” Danny Rodgers, of Citizens National Bank in Midlothian said prior to last year’s event. “CNB has continued this tradition since they purchased the bank in 1999 and we are glad to be a part of this.

“We like giving a little something back to the community,” he added. “My father had a special feeling for Independence Day and what it stands for and that’s the real reason for all this.”

Citizens National Bank has contracted with a fireworks company who has designed this year’s display and will set them off.

The fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. or as soon as it gets good and dark.

The fireworks will be ignited in the parking lot of Midlothian High School.

Rogers said the fireworks display should be visible from most yards in town.

“We hope people will take the time this year to remember what Independence Day and the Fourth of July really mean,” said Rogers. “One of the reasons we do this is because it can be a very good family event and a time to reflect on what our country, state and community really stand for.”

Rogers also thanked the Midlothian Independent School District, the City of Midlothian and both the police and fire department for helping with this event.

“This has always been a special Midlothian event and we hope people will stay home with family and friend and enjoy their Independence Day,” Rogers said. “We just want people to come out and enjoy this as a community.”

Since the fireworks won’t get underway until late, the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce is urging residents to bring the family to town to shop and maybe enjoy a meal in Midlothian prior to their Fourth of July fun.

The Chamber has suggested people bring their yard chairs and remember this is a family-oriented event and a time to have fun with Midlothian friends.

Alcohol and tobacco are not allowed on MISD property.