In Denton, the Fourth of July means homemade parade floats, a band with a funny name and lots of music.
And, as always, a great big fireworks show presented by the Denton Kiwanis Club that helps low-income families get affordable health care for their children.
What’s a little different this year is the grand marshal of the city’s Yankee Doodle Parade.
Short-track speedskater Jordan Malone — a Denton native and an Olympic silver medalist — will lead the beloved Fourth of July parade.
The local parade is a riot of sights — floats, decorated bicycles, wagons and baby strollers — and sounds. The loose association of musicians that make up the Denton Institute of Phrenology Half-Fast Marching Band returns to the parade with the clarion call of “Remember the rules: there are no rules!”
After the Yankee Doodle Parade, the Fourth of July Family Fun Jubilee begins at Quakertown Park and the Denton Civic Center. Children can cut loose at the carnival from 10 a.m. to noon and then head to the Civic Center Pool, which is open until 6 p.m. with $1 admission. Adults can flex their muscles in a lucky horseshoe tournament, and seniors can attend a luncheon at the Denton Senior Center, serenaded by the Young at Heart band.
The day ends with the Denton Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show at the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium. The event will keep attendees entertained before twilight with music, and after dark, the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club and sponsors will start the show. The fireworks show is a benefit for the Denton Kiwanis Club Children’s Clinic.
The children’s clinic is a referral service relying on a network of local physicians and health care providers who partner with the Kiwanis clubs to provide low-cost care for children of low-income families.
The clinic is funded by grants from the Flow Health Care Foundation, Texas Motor Speedway Children’s Charities and other philanthropic organizations, by proceeds from the club’s various fundraising projects, by the members themselves through the Patron’s Fund, and by donations from the community.
Those who watch from outside the stadium can be on the lookout for the Kiwanis “Bucket Brigade,” a team of volunteers who collect cash and check donations for the clinic.
Kiwanis officials said concessions will be for sale in the stadium, and no coolers will be allowed.
FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
Denton Fourth of July Family Fun Jubilee
Most events are on the downtown Denton Square, 100 W. Hickory St., and at Quakertown Park and the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Free.
7:30 a.m. — Liberty Fun Run 5K/1 Mile Walk starts at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive.
8 a.m. — Parade lineup starts at the downtown Wells Fargo parking lot (access is from Hickory and Mulberry streets near Austin Street), with judging at 8:30 a.m.
9 a.m. — Yankee Doodle Parade begins on the Square, led by hometown boy and Olympic short-track speedskating silver medalist Jordan Malone.
About 9:30 a.m. — Yankee Doodle Parade ends at Denton Civic Center and City Hall parking lot, and concludes with a flag ceremony. Live entertainment begins. Entry drop-off for the children’s arts and crafts show starts, with the display starting at 11 a.m. inside the Civic Center.
10:30 a.m. to noon — Free children’s carnival in the Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.
11 a.m. — Family Fun Jubilee starts. Also in Quakertown Park, the Denton Senior Center has a luncheon, with musical guest Young at Heart band; admission is $3. At Civic Center Pool in the park, admission is $1 for the holiday.
On the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Free.
About 10 a.m. — J.R. Byrd, a Denton blues-rock-pop artist, performs a special morning concert after the downtown Yankee Doodle Parade ends. The show closes out the Denton Main Street Association’s free summer concert series.
Fourth of July
Morning Western Swing Dance
Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. Free.
10 a.m. — Bonnie and Nick Norris might give a patriotic tune a Western swing styling. Or they might not. Regardless, the brother-and-sister duo will host a traditional session of down-home good fun.
Denton Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show
UNT’s Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. at I-35E. Parking is at Apogee Stadium and Fouts Field, off I-35E and North Texas Boulevard. Admission is free, but parking costs $5 per vehicle. Concessions will be available for sale.
5:30 p.m. — Gates open.
6:35 p.m. — Raised Right Men perform.
7:50 p.m. — The Denton Kiwanis Club welcomes attendees.
8 p.m. — Color guard and national anthem
8:15 p.m. — Stage Fright performs.
9:45 to 10:15 p.m. — Fireworks show
IN THE AREA
Fourth of July
Robson Ranch, 9501 Ed Robson Blvd. in Denton. Free.
9 a.m. — Community parade featuring floats, vintage cars, convertibles, motorcycles, bedecked golf carts, bikes and wagons. About 450 military veterans will march down Ed Robson Boulevard.
10 a.m. — Patriotic singalong at the Robson Ranch Clubhouse
Lake Cities Fourth of July Celebration
Lake Dallas City Park, at East Hundley Drive and North Shady Shores Road. Visit www.lakedallas.com/fourthofjuly.html. Free.
9 a.m. — Patriotic Parade starts at the park, goes down to Main Street and returns to the park.
After the parade — Celebration at the park features a free kids’ zone, horseback rides, flag ceremony and live music, including Ranee and the True Tones, Jade Nikol and Brandon Sarver. Talent show, watermelon eating contest, apple pie bake-off and fireworks. Evening music features Def Leggend and Eleven Hundred Springs.
About 9:15 p.m. — Fireworks show begins at dark.
On the downtown Pilot Point square, around Liberty, Prairie and Main streets. Free.
7:45 a.m. — Parade lineup at Pilot Point Intermediate School, 114 S. Harrison St.
8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Art show by Pilot Point public school students at the Pilot Point Community Opera House, 110 S. Washington St.
9 a.m. — Fourth of July parade around the square.
Freedomfest at Rancho de la Roca
Rancho de la Roca, 2459 Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Admission is $7 per person ages 4 and older. All proceeds benefit local and global ministries.
5:30 p.m. — Gates open. Families can use paddle boats, canoes, inflatables for all ages, mechanical bull, carnival rides and rock wall. Live music, freedom express train and kids’ crafts. Chick’n Coop Cafe sells hot dogs, chili dogs, Frito pies, nachos, barbecue sandwiches and beverages. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and fishing rods.
9:45 p.m. — Fireworks show
Roanoke Fourth of July Independence
Celebration and Fireworks
Independence Park East, 501 Parkview Drive in Trophy Club. Free.
6 to 10 p.m. — Celebration includes live music by Limelight, a bounce house, face painting, food vendors and fireworks.
9:30 p.m. — Fireworks show
Red White & Lewisville
South side of Vista Ridge Mall between the mall and Sam Rayburn Tollway. The mall is located at 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway. Free.
9:30 p.m. — Fireworks show