From corn dogs and funnel cakes to pool parties and parades, a spectacular line up of activities are planned for area Independence Day celebrations.In Roanoke, fireworks will light up the sky during the Independence Day Celebration on July 3. The event starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Roanoke Community Park, 201 Park Drive.The parks and recreation department, with help from other city departments sponsors this free, family event with a childrens train, climbing wall, bounce houses, games, prize drawings and a $3 BBQ meal. Entertainment will include live music by Le Freak, a retro disco band.“Roanoke activities are always special because of extra effort council and staff invest to maintain the friendly small town charm even as our community and events grow,” said Amy Radford, Roanoke’s director of marketing.In nearby Trophy Club, the celebration will begin early on July 4, with the Patriot 5K & Fun Run starting at 7 a.m. at Byron Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Blvd.Also at the high school, the Parade of Patriots kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with floats. Judging categories include Best HOA or Neighborhood, Spirit of Trophy Club, Most Patriotic and Best Dressed Golf Cart.The celebration continues at 6 p.m. at Independence Park East, 501 Parkview Drive, with live music, bounce houses, face paint, balloons, games and free access to the community pool. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.The event is free but food vendors will be on hand selling corn dogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes and other fun foods.“The July Fourth events in Trophy Club have become an annual tradition that unites the community in patriotism and love for the country,” said April Reiling, the town’s marketing manager. “Trophy Club residents embrace the holiday as a time to sit side-by-side as neighbors to watch the parade, enjoy live music and celebrate the day together as fireworks light up the sky.”Keller’s activities include a celebration from 2 to 4 p.m July 4 at The Keller Pointe, 405 Rufe Snow Drive, with a pool party featuring games, competitions and prizes. The party is free for members; non-members will be required to pay the daily entrance fee.At noon July 5, the Keller Senior Activities Center, 660 Johnson Road, will host its annual Pie Off. Admission is $2 or a pie entry.Years ago, Keller partnered with other area cities for a fireworks show, which was typically held in North Richland Hills.Communications Specialist Rachel Reynolds said when that partnership ended, City Council partnered with the Keller Chamber of Commerce and began supporting a fireworks show during KellerFest, which was scheduled around Memorial Day to provide a great display in town without having to compete against July Fourth events in the region.Reynolds said this year the council is investing in Keller’s most popular annual event, Rock the Park, scheduled for Sept. 28, which will end with a fireworks display.On June 29, Haslet celebrated Independence Day with a parade and fireworks at Haslet Community Park.
Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1