Get ready for an All-American Fourth of July
By Arynn Tomson
A full day of Independence Day fun and activities are ahead right here in Stephenville. The Stephenville Parks and Recreations department is hosting an All-American Fourth of July which includes a parade, cookoff, live music, and more.
A parade will begin the day of family fun at 9 a.m. The parade starts at the city park and travels up Graham Street, through the square and continues on Washington Street until it stops on Harbin Street near the Tarleton State University Memorial Stadium parking lot. Citizens can find a spot to watch the parade along this route. Participants in the parade include local businesses, sports teams, and Stephenville police officers and firefighters, who of course will all have candy to toss at spectators.
After the parade, families can cool off at Splashville until the Fourth of July Celebration begins at the City Park. Splashville opens early at 11 a.m. and admission only cost $3. There will be free face painting and the first 75 people through the door will receive a prize.
Food trucks, lawn mower races, pony rides and more begin at 3 p.m. at the City Park, set up around the Birdsong Amphitheater. There will also be a washer tournament that teams can compete in and the winner will receive a trophy, as well as tailgate cookoff where participants can cook their best appetizer or main dish to have judged by community members. Awards will be chosen from votes submitted by general public with provided raffle tickets. The cook or team with the highest number of votes will win that category. Registration for both the tournament and cookoff can be completed through SPARD’s website before the event or on site the day of.
A fun zone for families will be set up at the park as well. This area will include yard games, tic tac toe, giant wooden toppling towers, ring toss and much more.
Ending the day of activities, a free concert presented by Texstar Ford featuring musicians Larry Joe Taylor and Davin James starts at 8 p.m. followed by a firework show at 10 p.m.
SPARD Recreation Coordinator Kat Lindley described the motivation behind the theme for the day was based what her department feels Americans truly enjoy doing on the holiday.
“We are just really focusing on bringing family and friends together and what the 4th of July means. People love to be outside on the fourth, cooking-out, playing games, laughing and just enjoying each other’s company,” said Lindley.