For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the nation’s history with friends and family. Along with grilling and outdoor activities, one tradition that residents enjoy is the Independence Day parade. This year, the theme of Irving’s annual Independence Day parade and reception will be “A Star-Spangled Celebration — Celebrating American All-Stars.” Participants can show their pride by decorating floats or walking in groups to honor notable American historical figures or landmarks.
Businesses, community groups and individuals are encouraged to submit a parade entry application by June 20. A representative must attend the mandatory parade meeting at 6 p.m. June 27 at Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
The parade begins at 9 a.m. July 4 at Sowers Street and Irving Boulevard, near Millennium Park, and concludes about 10 a.m. After the parade, a reception at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., will include free watermelon, airbrush tattoos, balloons and a concert by Leo Hull and the Texas Blues Machine.
The celebration continues at 6 p.m. along Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Entertainment includes live music by Downtown Fever and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. The 20-minute Fireworks Show begins at 9:30 p.m. More than 20 food vendors will offer hot and cold treats.
Other activities include airbrush tattoos, photos with Uncle Sam and both wet and dry inflatable rides. Swim attire is not required; towels are recommended. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawns chairs; outside food and beverage is permitted.
For more information, visit IrvingEvents.org.