For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the nation’s founding with family and friends. Among the traditions that residents enjoy is the city’s Independence Day parade. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. July 4 at Sowers Street and Irving Boulevard, near Millennium Park, and conclude 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 patriotic concert.
This year, the theme of Irving’s annual parade and reception will be “Continued Commitment to Our Troops – Show Them We Care.” Participants can show their pride by decorating floats or walking in groups to honor members of the U.S. military, historical landmarks and notable American figures.
Businesses, community groups and individuals are encouraged to submit a parade entry application by June 26. A representative must attend the mandatory parade meeting at 6 p.m. June 27 at Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
The Independence Day celebration will continue from 6 to 10 p.m. along Lake Carolyn, 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Entertainment includes DJ Chris Brown, as well as The Argyles, a talented dance band led by Tje Austin, a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.”
This year, for the first time, a thrilling fireworks display will bolt to the sky from the middle of Lake Carolyn, starting at 9:30 p.m. The unique show is expected to be one of Texas’ only municipal fireworks displays conducted from the water.
More than a dozen food vendors will be on-site. Participants can enjoy a food court of Jamaican, Cajun, Mexican and seafood cuisine, as well as American specialties and carnival fare. Frozen treats also will be available.
Other activities include airbrush tattoos, photos with Uncle Sam on stilts, and zip line and rock climbing attractions, as well as wet and dry inflatable rides. Swim attire is not required, but towels are recommended. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas; outside food and beverages are permitted.
Admission and activities are free. Parking is available in area parking garages for $10 per vehicle. Visitors also are encouraged to ride the DART Orange Line to the Las Colinas Urban Center Station. A free shuttle service will provide transportation to and from the event.