SAN ANTONIO -

Fourth of July festivities returned to San Antonio with a bang Wednesday night.

After a year without fireworks on Independence Day due to an extreme drought, folks at Woodlawn Lake were happy to see the sky filled with color again.

"We were kind of disappointed last year. We didn't see fireworks anywhere in San Antonio. So I was kind of excited we could pop fireworks this year," said Rick O'Con.

Families spent the day or even days getting ready for the annual event, a West Side tradition that typically packs the lake to the gills.

"We're here basically every holiday. We come out here three days in advance," said Edward Fuentes. 

But every year, there are first timers. Bill Lopez grew up on the West Side, and spent his whole life in San Antonio. But it was his first Fourth of July on the lake shore. "It's like everything else. It's there but you don't go. Like the Alamo," said Lopez.

Overall, folks were happy to see the sky lit up again after a year without the fireworks.