In 2017, Texas Department of Public Safety made 529 DWI, 374 fugitive and 300 felony arrests during a two-day Fourth of July enforcement period.
This year, DPS is urging Texans to celebrate responsibly and take extra precautions to help keep everyone safe.
“DPS troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for traffic violators and impaired drivers over the Fourth of July holiday,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said. “If you plan to consume alcohol, there is no excuse for not designating a sober driver or planning ahead for alternate transportation.”
While law enforcement agencies across the state encourage celebrating safely, cities across Johnson County are offering several events for residents to enjoy.
The Cleburne Chamber of Commerce and H-E-B Grocery store will host the annual Fourth of July celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Pat Cleburne.
This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Ring.”
The celebration includes live music by Shane Watson Band, fireworks and a boat parade.
Participation in the boat parade is free. The “Most Patriotic” entry wins a $150 Gift Certificate to Fun & Sun Sports Center and a $50 Visa Gift Card.
Boats may be decorated any way, including decorations to promote a company.
Entry packets are available at the chamber, which include parade instructions and entry information. The deadline to enter the parade is Saturday.
After the boat parade there will be a fireworks show over the lake.
Patrons have the option to reserve a spot at Cleburne Golf Links, 2501 Country Club Road. The cost is $20 per car (max 8 people). Reservations must be made by calling 817-645-2455.
Today and Sunday, M7 Arena, 8001 FM 3136, will host its annual firecracker barrel racing to benefit the Alvarado Professional Firefighters Association.
Andrew Sevener and Helluvanote will perform Saturday, and there will be a trailer giveaway on Sunday.
For more information, call Todd Massey at 817-832-9763.
On Wednesday, there will be a Charity Car, Truck and Bike Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Johnson County Pioneer & Old Settlers Reunion Grounds, 111 Reunion Drive.
The show, which is $20 for a full show with 34 classes, will benefit Bootin’ Out Cerebral Palsy and Paula Rayburn Ministries.
Incognito, a rock band, is the headliner for the city’s free Independence Day concert and fireworks show Wednesday at Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex, 500 W. Hidden Creek Parkway.
The day’s celebration begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday with the Burleson Lions Club’s 14th annual Independence Day Parade.
The parade route starts at Kerr Middle School and winds from Irene Street to Gregory Street, Johnson Avenue, Ellison Street, Warren Street, Gregory Street and back to Irene. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gates for the concert and fireworks will open at 5 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks beginning about 9:20 p.m.
Hosted by the city and the Keene Chamber of Commerce, “Happy Birthday, America,” begins with a parade at 8 a.m. Wednesday facing east on Magnolia and north on North College Drive.
A special viewing area for veterans will be along Old Betsy Road in front of Pinnacle Bank. The entry fee for the parade is $10. Registration is open until 8:50 a.m. on parade day.
Following the parade, entertainment, games and food will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium at Old Betsy Road and Magnolia Drive at Southwestern Adventist University.
James Winegardner will serve as emcee for the entertainment and activities, beginning with the posting of the colors by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard and the singing of the national anthem by Keene ISD Superintendent Ricky Stephens and his daughter, Mallory.
There will be continuous door prizes, face painting and a dessert auction that includes by-the-slice availability.
Entertainers to follow include a gymnastic program, Ann Shaw, Steve Francisco, Clay Read, Terry Darnall, Bobby Rael, Janet Tidwell and Heritage Harmony.
Entertainment in the gym will be free, but face painting, games and rides will require tickets, and food and drinks will require tickets or cash.
All proceeds from the Celebration go toward building a pavilion at Elisa Carver Park.
Joshua’s Independence Day Celebration is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Joshua Owl Stadium on Stadium Drive. Activities include food, live music and a kiddie parade. Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles for a chance to place first, second or third.
Fireworks will begin about 9:15 p.m.