This year’s theme for Irving’s Independence Day Celebration is “American Traditions: Pops, Parades and Pizazz!” 

Patriotic Parade

This year, the annual parade will begin at 9 a.m. July 4 in downtown and will loop around Irving Boulevard beginning at Sowers Road. The parade will be followed with a concert and free watermelon in Heritage Park, 217 Main St. The concert will feature the Kenney Chavez band.

The parade theme is “Celebrating Historical Heroes and Landmark Legislation.” Parade coordinators are challenging the community to depict parade floats that honor American heroes, historic accomplishments and elements of landmark legislation that have influenced American history.

“On July 2, America is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act” said Special Events Supervisor Jacqueline Madden. “We will join in the national celebration and encourage everyone to read the U.S. Constitution in order to identify ways to creatively honor legislation that has a special individual meaning.”

The parade entry form is available at irvingevents.org. Entry form deadline is June 13. All participants are required to submit a parade waiver, which also is available online.

Concert and Fireworks

Due to construction on O’Connor Boulevard, the evening concert and fireworks ― which begins at 6 p.m. ―  has moved to 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. (at Las Colinas Boulevard and Lake Carolyn Parkway.) The celebration features a Journey Tribute band, the Irving Symphony and fireworks.

The event also will feature inflatables and food concessions. Event parking is available at area parking garages.

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