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Preston Ebel, 23 months, of Victoria, sits on the lap of his grandfather, Steven Stiles, to watch the fireworks during Thursday's Miller Lite Blastoff in honor of the Fourth of July at the Victoria Community Center. Stiles came from Dallas to watch the show, which is the first Preston will be able to remember, with his kids and grandson. Photo by Angeli Wright

Preston Ebel, 23 months, of Victoria, sits on his grandfather, Steven Stiles' lap to watch the fireworks during Thursday's Miller Lite Blastoff in honor of the Fourth of July at the Victoria Community Center. Stiles came from Dallas to watch the first show, which is the first Preston can remember, with his kids and grandson. Photo by Angeli Wright

Jessica Conner and J.J. Garza watch the fireworks show from a curb at the Victoria Mall. The couple recently moved to Victoria from Ben Bolt. Wednesday night was their first time seeing the Victoria fireworks together.

Fourth Annual Dancing with the Stars, Victoria style. Photo by Chuck Miller, cmiller@vicad.com

Members of the Victoria East High School class of 2013 walk toward Memorial Stadium for the graduation ceremony. More than 300 graduates walked the stage to receive diplomas Friday night. Photo by Angeli Wright

Some people celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks or barbecuing with friends, maybe enjoying a beer or two. Others, such as Michael Simpson, of Victoria, much prefer to deck out their wheels with red, white and blue leis, maybe add an American flag and a big balloon - just to make sure he is noticed by all the ladies. For more photos, click on the photo.

Butterflies move through Victoria, Texas

The view of Victoria from one of the windows on the 12th floor of One O'Connor Plaza, where the Sendera restaurant will be located. Diners will be able to enjoy the view as they eat. Photo by Angeli Wright