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Fireworks, parades, fun scheduled across County over Independence Day weekend

ROCKWALL – Independence Day celebration fireworks, parades, watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, live bands and more are scheduled across Rockwall County this weekend at free events in Royse City, Rockwall, Rowlett and Fate.

FRIDAY

The celebrations begin Friday night at the sixth annual Royse City “4th Fest” at Royse City High School stadium, sponsored by the Royse City Chamber of Commerce. Sack races, hula hoop and watermelon-eating contests, a live band from  Southern Junction nightclub and family fun will begin at 6:15 pm. Fireworks begin at 9:15 pm.

Fireworks can also be seen Friday night at 9:15 pm at The Harbor Entertainment District.

SATURDAY

Saturday at 11 am, an old-fashioned parade, free watermelon and watermelon-seed-spitting contest will take place in Old Town Rockwall, sponsored by the Old Town Rockwall Neighborhood Association and Community Bank.

The parade is free to attend or participate in and open to all ages. Anyone can motor, walk, ride a bicycle or tricycle or even just ride along in a stroller or wagon as a part of the parade. Pets are welcome as long as they are on leads.

The parade forms at 10:30 a.m. as in past years on Kaufman St. east of Fannin
St. This year’s new parade route will start east on Kaufman, south on Clark St., west on Washington St. and north on Fannin St., turning west on Rusk St. into Rockwall’s historic Old Town Square.

After the parade reaches the Square, all are invited to a flag ceremony and
welcoming remarks from Rockwall’s new Mayor David Sweet. There will be
entertainment and complimentary ice cold watermelon and drinks.

Prizes will be awarded for the most patriotic costumes; best decorated bikes, tricycles, and strollers or wagons; and for cutest pets. The winners of a Watermelon Eating Contest and the first Old Town Seed Spitting Contest will receive prizes donated by local merchants.

The Farmer’s Market will be in full swing and the shops on the square will be
open for browsing. For more information visit www.oldtownrockwall.com.

Beginning at Noon Saturday, the Harbor Entertainment District in Rockwall is hosting a Freedom Fest – featuring live music – and Boat Show. No other details are available.

SUNDAY

The Freedom Fest and Boat Show will continue at The Harbor Sunday, beginning at Noon.

Sunday evening, the City of Rowlett will present its annual “Fireworks on Main,” from 6-10 pm, featuring fireworks, refreshments and entertainment by Time Machine.

The event will be held in downtown Rowlett at 4000 Main St. Parking is located at Coyle Middle School (4500 Skyline) and Herfurth Park (4600 Centennial). DART Shuttles will run from Rowlett High School (4700 Main Street) to Downtown.

MONDAY

On the 4th of July, the City of Heath will sponsor its annual Independence Day Parade followed by free “Popsicles in the Park” behind City Hall, 200 Laurence Dr.

Staging for the parade will be at 8 am, judging and awards at 8:30 am and the parade begins promptly at 9 am at Amy Parks-Heath Elementary School at 330 Laurence Drive.

A Best Decorated Award is presented in several categories including: Float; Bicycle; Wagon/Stroller; Golf Cart; Off-Road Vehicle; Kiddie Car and Antique Car. There are also awards for Best Costume; Most Patriotic Pet; and the Mayor’s Award.

Active members of the military are encouraged to ride on the Veterans Float or march in the parade, said Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe.

“We have this float so that our community can honor our veterans for their extraordinary gift of service. It is because of them and the many other brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces that we are able to celebrate independence.”

For more information, contact Heath Assistant City Manager Kim Dobbs at 972-771-6228.

Monday at 9 pm the City of Rockwall will present its annual fireworks extravaganza at Harry Myers Park. Parking is generally a problem so arrive early.

All City and County offices will be closed July 4 and reopen July 5.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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