Bedford will celebrate both Independence Day and the completion of the first round of improvements at the Boys Ranch Park on July 4 with a music and art festival capped off by a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.
“We are very excited to have the 4thFest event back at the new and improved Boys Ranch Park this year,” spokeswoman Natalie Foster said. “Along with the live music, food and art vendors and the classic car show, we have added a grand-opening ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of phase 1 park improvements. The event is sure to impress.”
Despite a stellar lineup of activities, vendors and music, everything may be upstaged by the inaugural performance by Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel.
Twiggy will thrill the crowds with shows at 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. at the Boys Ranch Lake near the pavilion. This is definitely a first, and I suspect people will come from near and far to see the world-famous squirrel spectacle.
The InflataFun area will have the latest inflatable attractions for fun lovers to bounce to their heart’s content ($15 for all day or pay per activity), and families will enjoy the kids’ activity area, where games, crafts and free comedy shows will be performed each hour from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. For classic car lovers, the amazing rides that the D&D Rockin’ Rods club will have on display will dazzle. Check out the cars and visit with their owners for the back story from 6 to 8 p.m.
What’s a July Fourth festival without live music? No problem: Two great performers will entertain the crowd all evening. Rodney Bowens will take the stage at 5 p.m. performing his genre-busting brand of blues, rock and country. A moving patriotic salute to veterans at 6:30 p.m. will precede the headliner band, Live 80, at 7 p.m. performing your favorite hits from the ’80s.
Admission to the festival is free, and lawn chairs, coolers and nonalcoholic beverages are permitted. A food court will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Limited parking on site will be $20, and parking at the Bedford library will be $15. No shuttle buses will be provided.
Events at a glance
- Mid-Cities Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 7 at Mary Lib Salah Euless Public Library. A special class for newcomers is held at 6:30. Guest speaker is Terri Bradshaw O’Neill talking about how beginners in genealogy can get started. Visitors are welcome. Contact Evelynn Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jekyll & Hyde opens at Onstage in Bedford on July 8 and runs through July 31. The play was conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn, book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and music by Frand Wildhorn. The audience will love the complicated plot. A reception is planned for opening night. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Theater is at 2819 Forest Ridge Drive. Purchase tickets online at www.OnstageInBedford.com.