For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the nation’s founding with family and friends. Among the traditions that residents enjoy is the city’s Independence Day parade. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. July 4 at Sowers Street and Irving Boulevard, near Millennium Park, and conclude about 10 a.m. After the parade, a reception at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., will include free watermelon, airbrush tattoos, balloons and a patriotic concert.
This year, the theme of Irving’s annual parade and reception will be “Continued Commitment to Our Troops – Show Them We Care.” Participants can show their pride by decorating floats or walking in groups to honor members of the U.S. military, historical landmarks and notable American figures.
Businesses, community groups and individuals are encouraged to submit a parade entry application by June 26. A representative must attend the mandatory parade meeting at 6 p.m. June 27 at Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.