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Cities gear up to celebrate Fourth of July

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

The city of Denton has several events scheduled Thursday to celebrate the Fourth of July, which includes a 5K, a parade and family activities in Quakertown Park and the Denton Civic Center.

The events are scheduled to take place in the morning, hours before the fireworks display set for that night at the Apogee Stadium.

The first scheduled event is the Liberty Run, which is a 5K run and 1-mile fun walk that takes place at 7:30 a.m. at the North Lakes Recreation Center.

Online registration for the race closed yesterday, but phone and in-person registration will be accepted until 5 p.m. today at a cost of $15 for individuals or $12 per person for families of three or more living at the same address. City staff said area residents can also register the day of the race for $20.

Officials said the entry fee includes a T-shirt, fruit, snacks and beverages.

“It’s going to be tough waking up at 7 a.m. to go running, but hopefully, it’ll be fun,” said Maria Gonzalez, a freshman at the University of North Texas and Sanger resident.

Gonzalez said this will be her first time participating in the event, but she expects to see a huge turnout.

“My friend persuaded me to sign up and he told me that there’s always a big turnout,” she said. “I think the more people that come out, the more exciting.”

The Yankee Doodle Parade begins at 9 a.m., shortly after the 5K and fun walk, on the downtown Denton Square.

Lineup is 8 a.m. on South Locust Street between Walnut and Sycamore streets. Judging begins at 8:30 a.m., and the parade starts at 9 a.m., city officials said.

The Family Fun Jubilee, a family-oriented event, also starts at 9 a.m. and continues until noon at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St.

Jubilee events include an Adult Lucky Horseshoe Tournament, live entertainment, a flag ceremony, potato sack races, three-legged races, egg-and-spoon races and a water balloon toss.

A fireworks show sponsored by the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club will be held for the first time at Apogee Stadium. Live music will start at 6 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Hank Dickenson, lead organizer for the event, said it’s a wonderful change from Fouts Field and he said he believes it will make the event more spectacular at the large venue.

“People are going to be able to experience the show like never before,” he said.

All parking near Fouts Field is still free, but it will cost $5 to get a spot next to Apogee Stadium.

Dickenson said the fee is to help out with extra costs associated with the event.

“All we are asking is to break even — anything we get in parking that goes over will be donated to the Children’s Clinic,” Dickenson said.

The Denton County Kiwanis Children’s Clinic provides low-cost and no-cost medical and dental care and prescription assistance to disadvantaged children.

Lake Cities

The Lake Cities will have a joint celebration Thursday in Lake Dallas that will include a parade, fireworks and a singing competition.

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a parade at Lake Dallas’ City Park, 101 E. Hundley Drive.

City officials said they expect 5,000 to 7,000 people to attend.

New this year is a carnival midway offering rides and games. Lake Dallas officials said attendees can also expect to find a variety of festival foods as well as a vendor market.

Mayor Tony Marino said such events help residents relax and take a break from their workweek.

“This event is for everyone in the area,” he said. “We want people to come out and have fun.”

Pilot Point

The Friends of the Square and the city of Pilot Point Main Street Program will present an old-fashioned parade Thursday.

The parade will begin at Pilot Point Intermediate School, 501 E. Carroll St., and participants will cover a route of about 1.5 miles to the square, where an awards presentation will be held.

A panel of judges will present awards for the most patriotic entry and best-decorated vehicle in several categories. For individuals and families who walk in the parade, there will be awards for most patriotic costume. Awards will be presented for best patriotic costume for pets and horses.

Volunteers are needed to help with the parade, organizers said. Those who would like to help can volunteer by emailing


Officials with the Sanger Parks and Recreation Department have announced that the city’s annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Area residents are invited to wear red, white and blue and join the fun at the park in downtown Sanger. The parade route will run down Bolivar Street and back up Elm Street.

More information about Sanger’s Independence Day activities is available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 201 Bolivar St., and Sanger City Hall, 502 Elm St., or by calling 940-458-2059.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882and via Twitter at @JDHarden.