July 4 celebrations begin Friday

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Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake are celebrating the Fourth of July in their own ways and on separate days.

Here’s a look at each city’s festivities.

Colleyville Red, White and Sousa - Friday

Colleyville starts early with its annual Red, White and Sousa at The Village at Colleyville on Friday.

This is the city’s third year of bringing together musical acts and a caravan of food trucks.

It’s a night of patriotic music in honor of composer John Phillip Sousa who wrote “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The concert begins at 8 p.m. with Acoustix, an a cappella group. After the vocal performance, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble will perform.

Nine food trucks will park and sell food at 6 p.m. The eateries include The Butcher’s Son, Cool haus, Good Karma Kitchen, Nammie cruisin’ Vietnamese fusion, So-Cal Tacos, Trailercakes, Easy Slider, Jack’s Chowhound and Scooter’s Coffee and Yogurt.

Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Organizer Mary Rodne said about 4,500 people attended last year’s festivities.

Southlake Stars and Stripes - July 3

Southlake celebrates the Fourth a day early in the city’s Town Square when the annual Stars and Stripes begins at 6 p.m.

Entertainment includes musical performances on three stages, including the Southlake Community Band and High Definition, a metroplex-based cover band.

There will also be a play area and activities for children, and a new area with crafts and Southlake firefighters.

Food options include food trucks with tastes ranging from Cajun flavors to pizza, and food booths including local favorites Feedstore BBQ and Fletcher’s Corny Dogs.

A fireworks show is planned at 9:30 p.m.

At 8 p.m. the new Patriotic Ceremony will have a presentation of the colors by the Southlake Honor Guard.

The city welcomes visitors to set up space with blankets and chairs, but not until 7 p.m. on July 2. Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Parking at the square will close at 7:30 or when full.

Grapevine July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza

Grapevine continues its 31-year-old tradition at Grapevine Lake, with fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Mona Burk, Grapevine Parks and Recreation spokeswoman, said Oak Grove Park is a great free viewing spot, but fills up fast.

She suggested visitors park at Meadowmere Park. Meadowmere and Rockledge Park charge $10 per car for admission.

She said only campground guests at The Vineyards Campground & Cabins can view the show from that location.

“The Vineyards Campground has stunning views,” Burk said. “Because you can sit right there on the water and view the fireworks where it looks like they’re on a glassy mirror the way it reflects on the water.”

Attendees can download music from the city’s website to sync with the fireworks display.

The city encourages people to bring food and drink, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Burk also stressed the importance of bringing mosquito repellant.

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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