America’s birthday is two days away and celebrations are planned throughout Johnson County.
The Cleburne Chamber of Commerce will hosts its annual celebration beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lake Pat Cleburne with vendors and food trucks.
The chamber will host a fireworks watching party at 6:30 p.m. to after dark at Cleburne Golf Links, 2501 Country Club Road, with a concert by Austin Upchurch at 7 p.m. and Andrew Sevener at 8:30 p.m.
Food and beverages are available to purchase. No outside food and drinks are allowed, and the gates will close at 9 p.m. Residents can tune into KJRN 88.3 The Journey to listen to music that’s sync with the fireworks show.
For information, call 817-645-2455 or visit cleburnechamber.com or the chamber’s Facebook page.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 426 will host an Independence Day celebration from 1-4 p.m. Thursday at 8500 FM 3136 in Alvarado.
The free event will have hot dogs and hamburgers will all the fixings, sno cones, a bounce house and water slide, games and activities and goodie bags for all children.
Texas Flood, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band, will headline the city of Burleson’s Independence Day concert and fireworks show on Thursday at the Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex, 500 W. Hidden Creek Parkway. The gates will open at 5 p.m., with the concert at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks show at about 9:20 p.m.
The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with the Burleson Lions Club’s 15th annual Independence Day parade.
The parade route begins at Kerr Middle School and winds from Irene Street to Gregory Street, Johnson Avenue, Ellison Street, Warren Street, Gregory Street and back to Irene.
Residential streets around the parade staging area — Lena Lane, Irene, Dian Street and Gregory — will be closed from 6:30 a.m. Johnson Avenue, between Gardens Boulevard and Renfro Street — including all side streets along the entire parade route — will be closed between 8:30-11 a.m.
If you are within the parade route and need to get out for an emergency, go to the intersection of Miller and Warren streets and the police officers will assist you.
The city of Grandview will host an Independence Day celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday at Firefly Stage, 301 E. Criner St.
There will be music from The Dolan Band and activities, followed by a fireworks show.
The Joshua Area Chamber of Commerce will host a celebration Wednesday in the visitor’s parking lot of Joshua ISD’s Owl Stadium. Gates open at 7 p.m., the children’s parade is at 7:30 p.m. and The Dolan Band performs at 8 p.m., with fireworks after dark.
There will be food trucks and vendors. Because of construction of the stadium’s turf, the entire stadium will be closed. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
For information, call 817-556-2480 or visit joshuachamber.com or the chamber’s Facebook page.
The Keene Chamber of Commerce will host its 30th annual parade at 9 a.m. Thursday, along a new route this year. The parade theme is, “Happy Birthday, America.”
Amy Lingo, manager of the Keene branch of Pinnacle Bank, will ride in the lead car as the grand marshal. She has been with the bank for 27 years and serves as the treasurer of the chamber.
Dale Hainey, Southwestern Adventist University plant engineering director, is the parade marshal. He has been with SWAU for 42 years, with the last 25 years in his current position. He is a member of the chamber’s Business Expo and Health Fair planning committee and the July 4 celebration committee.
Parade registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the east south entrance of Pinnacle Bank, with the a cost of $10 per entry. Entries must be registered by 8 a.m. to be judged.
The parade route begins on the corner of Old Betsy Road and Fourth Street and proceeds north along Old Betsy and Magnolia Street, ending facing east on Magnolia. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office color guard will lead the parade.
Parade participants distributing candy and other goods must only do so to people while walking along the solid white lines on the road on the northbound portion only. Candies or other edibles cannot be thrown from a float or any other parade entry.
After the parade, there will be entertainment, games and food from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SWAU Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium on Old Betsy Road.
Keene Mayor Gary Heinrich will serve as the emcee for the event, the colors will be posted, Ysis España will sing the national anthem and Bugger Putnam will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Parking for the event is available at the SWAU Chan Shun Centennial Library and the shopping center and along the shoulders on Old Betsy Road.
The entertainment is free, but there will be a charge for food and games, with proceeds going toward the construction of a pavilion at Elisa Carver Park.
For information, call 817-556-2995 or visit keenechamber.org.
Join baseball fans at The Depot in Cleburne for Fourth of July fun on Thursday.
The Cleburne Railroaders face the Chicago Dogs at 7:05 p.m. After the game, the Steve Helms Band will host a concert and a fireworks show will be held.
The first 500 fans will receive U.S. flags provided by Grandview Bank. Tickets are $8 for the berm, $12 for baseline and $14 behind home plate.
For information, call 817-945-8705 or visit railroaderbaseball.com.
Cleburne officials remind residents that it is illegal to shoot off fireworks within city limits or within 5,000 feet of the city limits.
Those caught with fireworks will receive a Class C citation punishable by a fine of up to $500. They will also have their fireworks confiscated.