This weekend is the Fourth Of July, and for America's 245th birthday, we have a great weekend lineup of festive events! Put on your sunscreen, grab your water, and come out and celebrate with us.
This year all of our activities are on July 3. This way you can celebrate with us on Saturday and your family and friends on Sunday. It's what we like to call a win/win.
Start July 3 with the 23rd Annual Liberty Run at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Registration is required and includes a T-shirt and a swag bag. Didn't register in advance? That's fine! You can register on the morning of the event. See more details on Facebook here.
After the race, take your tired legs to the square for the Yankee Doodle Parade! The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the Wells Fargo building, goes around the square, then down McKinney Street, and ending at the Civic Center. Take a lawn chair if you want to sit, and bring a bag if your kids want to take some candy home!
It's not too late to sign up for the parade! Register online here.
Once the parade winds itself to the Civic Center, the July Jubilee officially begins. The Jubilee is a free family event from 10 a.m. to noon. It's impossible to list everything we will have but expect lots of inflatables, cornhole, old-fashioned games like potato sack races, a live D.J., and more.
We'll have food trucks out as well. So far, we have Elm Fork Coffee, Kona Ice, Frios Popsicles, Sparta Taco, and Red's Yard. Come hungry, bring some money, and support local!
Oh, and we would be remiss if we didn't mention the HOTDOG EATING COMPETITION! Are you Denton's very own Joey Chestnut? Come test your skills at 11:30 at the Civic Center. First to keep down 20 hotdogs is the champ!
Perhaps most exciting is that we are able to offer a FREE Vaccine Clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the back room at the Civic Center. The clinic is in partnership with the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM). No pre-registration is required, and vaccines will be administered to the first 100 individuals who are 12 years old and older and meet the criteria to receive the vaccine. The second dose appointment will be July 24.
It's no wonder that July is Parks and Recreation Month. We're starting with a bang and can't wait to take you on a journey of Parks and Rec all month long.
P.S. Please note that this year there aren't any major fireworks. The Kiwanis Club always put on the big show and sadly weren't able to this year with Apogee Stadium unavailable. And no. This does not mean you are allowed to do your own private show from your front porch. That's still illegal in the City limits (and just rude to dogs, veterans with PTSD, and the new parents who just got that bebé to sleep).