Porter's Army and Navy's 2015 Independence Day Parade entry.

 

For many Americans, the Fourth of July celebrates the nation’s history with fireworks, grilled hot dogs and warm apple pie. It is also a time to honor the birth of the country and to recognize the freedom and liberties celebrated as Americans.

Along with grilling and outdoor activities, one tradition that many Americans continue to uphold on Independence Day is the July 4 parade. This year, the City of Irving will pay special tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces during its annual Independence Day parade and reception and fireworks show. Participants can show their American pride by decorating floats or walking in groups to highlight how they or their family served the United States.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. July 4 at Sowers Street and Irving Boulevard, near Millennium Park, and concludes about 10:30 a.m. Following the parade a reception at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., will include free watermelon, airbrush tattoos, balloons and a concert by Leo Hull and the Texas Blues Machine. After the reception, attendees are encouraged to visit the Irving Veterans Memorial Park, located behind the former Central Library at 801 W. Irving Blvd. Veterans Memorial Park features five walls that describe and document the history of the major U.S. conflicts since the founding of Irving in 1903. The park includes a memorial wall that lists the names of residents who lost their lives in service, as well as five large bronze statues of veteran soldiers from each conflict, a Fountain of Hope, River of Freedom and World Map of Confrontation.

That evening, Irving residents can watch the city’s tribute to freedom during the fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. along the scenic Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Live music by American Aquarium and the Irving Symphony Orchestra will be performed during the fireworks show.

Residents also can tune in to KRLD-AM (1080) for a live simulcast of the Irving Symphony Orchestra performance. Other activities include an 80-foot zip line, giant trampoline, obstacle course and food trucks. Attendees can bring blankets, lawns chairs, food and beverages, as well as well-behaved and leashed dogs.

For more information, visit IrvingEvents.org.

Presented by City of Irving

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