If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to celebrate Independence Day or any other special occasion, I know you won’t want to miss the fireworks show at Hell’s Gate on Possum Kingdom Lake. This annual event is one of the most spectacular displays of fireworks in the entire state of Texas, and draws thousands of visitors every year.

This year they will be the weekend after Independence Day, on Saturday July 8, 2023. The best place to view the fireworks is from Camp Grady Spruce. It’s a popular campsite located right on the shores of Possum Kingdom Lake.

The Fireworks Show at Hell’s Gate: A Brief Overview

The fireworks show at Hell’s Gate is an annual event held on or near the Fourth of July. It is organized by the Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce every year. The show features a spectacular display of fireworks set against the backdrop of Hell’s Gate, a narrow channel of water that separates two of the lake’s most prominent landmarks: Castle Rock and Round Mountain.

The fireworks display is set off from the side of Hell’s Gate, and can be seen from miles around. The show typically lasts about 30 minutes and features a wide range of colorful and explosive fireworks.

Viewing the Fireworks from Camp Grady Spruce

Camp Grady Spruce is one of the best places to view the fireworks show at Hell’s Gate. The campsite is located on the shores of Possum Kingdom Lake and offers a panoramic view of the entire lake. There will be food trucks and live music on-site as well!

Hells Gate fireworks viewing area
Viewing of the Hells Gate fireworks at Camp Grady Spruce in 2022

If you’re planning to view the fireworks from Camp Grady Spruce, there are a few rules and regulations you’ll need to be aware of.

 These regulations include:

  • No pets 
  • Fireworks are not allowed 
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the premises
  • No Swimming off the shoreline (as of last year)

These rules are in place to ensure that everyone staying at Camp Grady Spruce can enjoy a safe and peaceful stay.

Map of Camp Grady Spruce fireworks viewing area
Aerial map of Camp Grady Spruce fireworks viewing area

Camp Grady Spruce is situated right on the shores of Possum Kingdom Lake. Get ready for a stunning view of the lake and the surrounding hills and a direct view of Hell’s Gate. Bring your lawn chairs and get situated on the beach to watch Hell’s Gate 2023 firework show. 

Final Thoughts

If you’re planning to visit Possum Kingdom Lake for Independence Day, be sure to check out the fireworks show at Hell’s Gate. And if you want to enjoy the show from the best vantage point possible, consider booking a stay at Camp Grady Spruce. Just be sure to follow the rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Event Details

  • When: Saturday July 8, 2023
  • Location: 3000 Park Rd 36, Graford, TX 76449
  • Gates open: 6:30pm 
  • Gates close: 8:45pm (No exceptions)
  • $3 per person; Kids 3 years and under are free
  • Cash Only; Pay at gate 
  • No alcoholic beverages

Words of Advice

There is always a crowd for this event to don’t be taken by surprise when you get there. If you’re in need of cash for the entry fee, there is an ATM in the PK One Stop. There’s also one at a grocery store right next to it that offers cash back (The Trading Post).

There is no access to real restroom so be prepared to use the port-a-potties available on camp. Be sure to be a little early to secure your place in line because parking fills up quickly. 

Brenna Walters
Author: Brenna Walters

I attend UNT working towards a degree in journalism, I work as a camp counselor at camp grady spruce, Outdoors Woman, Fisher, Boater.

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