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Independence Days festivities
No plans yet for the Fourth of July? Floresville and other surrounding towns will be offering a variety of family friendly events in celebration of our nation’s independence.
The town of Runge will host its annual all-day Independence Day celebration Saturday, June 30, in the VFW Hall on East Aransas Street. Festivities will include an antique and classic car show, a barbecue, a parade, and fireworks. For more information as well as car entry forms and parade entry forms, visit rungechamber.com.
The Floresville Opry Spectacular will be held on Wednesday, July 4, from 5-8:30 p.m. in the Floresville Event Center at 600 S.H. 97 W. in Floresville. Enjoy classic country music with “Playin’ to Win Country Band,” Wade Benson Landry’s “Swingin’ Cajun Style,” Teresa Landry, Leon Payne, Sally Carlson, and many more. For more information, call Viola at 830-393-6512 or
LaJuana at 830-393-2166.
Floresville River Park, S.H. 97 E. (next door to the Floresville Event Center) Following the Floresville Opry Spectacular Wednesday, July 4, guests will enjoy a free fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. For more information, call 830-393-7070.
The Wilson County Patriots and the San Antonio Tea Party will hold a “Let’s Get Serious -- Vote for your Children’s Future” Fourth of July Freedom Celebration Wednesday, July 4, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Floresville River Park Pavilion on S.H. 97 W. in Floresville. The family-friendly celebration will include guest speakers, food available by “Fry It Up,” patriotic music, a best sign contest, voter registration, and patriotic items for sale. For more information, contact Joann Juhasz at 830-393-5180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Floresville City Pool will be open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday, July 4, until 8 p.m. For more information, call 830-393-3108.
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site has a full day of fun activities planned to celebrate the nation’s independence, Wednesday, July 4. The site is located between Brenham and Navasota off S.H. 105, on F.M. 1155. Start the day by visiting the site’s three main attractions: Independence Hall, Barrington Farm, and the Star of the Republic Museum. Enjoy festival food, children’s games, and free Blue Bell ice cream and Coca-Cola products. Plus a free concert by “The Wesley Westbrook Band.” The night will end with a 15-minute fireworks extravaganza, which will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Take a radio, a blanket, and lawn chairs. For more information, call 936-878-2214 or visit www.birthplaceoftexas.com.
San Antonio Scorpions soccer team announces first annual “Futbol & Fireworks,” a two-day event that will feature an international doubleheader on Saturday, June 30, and Wednesday, July 4. On June 30, the team will host the Scorpions International Challenge, slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Heroes Stadium at 4799 Thousand Oaks in San Antonio. The Scorpions will celebrate America’s Independence with a Fourth of July fireworks celebration powered by Magic in the Sky, which will feature a fireworks show at the conclusion of the Scorpions match against FC Edmonton. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices $25 prior to game day or $30 for the day of game. For more information, call 210-637-3411 or visit SanAntonioScorpions.com.
Morgan’s Wonderland, at 5223 David Edwards Drive in San Antonio, will celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4, with a special tribute to those who dedicate themselves to protecting their fellow citizens -- members of the armed forces as well as first responders, such as fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical professionals. Gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will provide special entertainment and free food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free hot dogs with all the trimmings plus apple pies, courtesy of McDonald’s Restaurants, will be served while supplies last. The Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps will present patriotic favorites during multiple performances at the Rapier Trust Starlight Amphitheater and conduct interactive musical clinics with young audience members. Military members, first responders, and members of their families who present valid ID cards can obtain a special discounted admission of $8 per person. Individuals with special needs and children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit www.morganswonderland.com.
The San Antonio Symphonic Band will perform “From Stars to Stripes” on Sunday, July 1, at the Central Park in Seguin from 7-8:30 p.m. The band will be performing patriotic selections and light concert selections that include the music of John Philip Sousa, Leroy Anderson, Lee Greenwood, and others.
One lucky person in the audience will even have the opportunity to conduct the band. Patrons should take a lawn chair, blanket, family, and friends. Scout Troop 107 will be selling cold beverages, hot dogs, and hamburgers. For more information, call 830-401-5000 or visit www.visitseguin.com.
On July 4, crowds of flag-waving people, estimated at more than 15,000, will line the streets of historic downtown Seguin for the annual celebration. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately two hours. Take your family, friends, and lawn chairs to Austin Street (between College Street and the Seguin Guadalupe County Coliseum) and enjoy more than 150 patriotic entries. Highlights will include America’s Last Patrol Honor Guard, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, American Legion, Guadalupe Agriculture and Livestock Show & Rodeo Fair Queens, and more. Bands, military units, and many local and regional entries create the continuous parade. For more information, call 830-401-2448.
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