With the City of Irving planning several events for Independence Day, the Parks and Recreation Department could not fit them all into one day.
The first Independence Day celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. July 1 with a performance by the award-winning 36th Infantry Division Band. The band will present an outdoor “Patriotic Salute Concert” on the east lawn of Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
The 90-minute concert will feature the 36th Infantry Division’s Rhythm and Boots Big Classic Jazz Band, and the Concert Band. The 36th Infantry Division Band is a National Guard unit out of Austin, Texas. Admission and parking are free.
On Independence Day, the party starts with the annual parade and reception in the Irving Heritage District. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Sowers Street and Irving Boulevard, near Millennium Park. The procession travels east on Second Street, turns left on Lucille Street and returns west on Irving Boulevard. Community groups and local businesses are encouraged to be part of the parade. Applications are available at IrvingEvents.org. A reception at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., will follow the parade.
Fireworks will cap the celebration promptly at 9:30 p.m. at Lake Carolyn, 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Thousands of visitors are expected to watch the display light up the night sky over the water. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, coolers and umbrellas.
Leave the alcohol at home. As long as they are leashed, four-legged friends are welcome. For more information on the events, visit the Independence Day Celebration page.