Canine cruisers, state ambassadors added to Fourth of July Parade as Irving prepares to host one of the region’s biggest birthday parties.
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Special Events Team will produce one of the region’s largest Independence Day celebrations. Irving’s “Birthday Wishes for America” parade and fireworks show celebrates the birth of the American dream when the United States declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.
Parade, Live Music
Thousands of people, including residents from neighboring cities, will descend upon historic downtown Irving to express patriotic pride from 9 a.m. to noon July 4. In addition to being thrilled by traditional parade elements such as dazzling floats, classic cars and electrifying marching bands, attendees will notice a plethora of pets on parade.
Paying tribute to presidential pets past and present, event organizers are incorporating a canine cruiser element to this year’s event. Attendees can expect to see creatively costumed canines walking the parade route and riding in drop-top convertibles as part of this year’s celebration. In addition, student ambassadors from Irving middle and high schools will be selected through a city-sponsored essay contest to represent each of the 50 states. In all, more than 75 entries honoring American heroes and historic accomplishments are expected to take part in this year’s patriotic birthday bash.
The parade will travel southbound on Sowers Road, eastbound on Second Street, northbound on Lucille Street, westbound on Irving Boulevard and northbound on O’Connor Road. Following the parade, the Kenny Chavez band — a local favorite — will take the stage at Heritage Park, 217 Main St. The live Kenny Chavez band concert will provide the soundtrack for the city’s annual watermelon reception, complete with free activities for children.
Concert and Fireworks
The “Birthday Wishes to America” activities continue with the Fun Zone, food court, evening concert and fireworks beginning at 6 p.m. July 4. Scenic Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. (at Las Colinas Boulevard and Lake Carolyn Parkway), is the site for the evening half of the celebration.
All Funk Radio Show will set the atmosphere with a high-energy rhythm and blues performance that combines hip-hop, house, funk and soul music for an electrifying start to the evening portion of the celebration. With sounds from All Funk Radio Show going, attendees can grab a bite from the Food Court and children can spend some time in the Fun Zone.
In the Fun Zone, children can get free air brush tattoos, enjoy a rock climbing wall and take on a giant slide. Uncle Sam will be on hand to visit with attendees as well. The Food Court will feature more than a dozen food vendors selling everything from turkey legs and corn dogs to pizza and tacos. A variety of cool icy treats, like snow cones and ice cream cones, also will be available.
Admission to the City of Irving Independence Day Celebration activities is free. Plenteous parking and mass transit options are accessible for the concert and fireworks event. DART Orange Line riders who disembark the train at Las Colinas Urban Center are just steps away from the fun and activities. Complimentary shuttle service will be available at DART’s North Irving Transit Center, 5601 Riverside Drive (at the corner of Northwest Highway and Riverside Drive) to transport commuters to the fun from 6 to 10:30 p.m. In addition, free and paid parking will be available at area garages.
For more information on all July 4 activities, visit irvingevents.org.