It’s one of Southlake’s most anticipated events of the year. Southlake’s annual Stars & Stripes celebration with fireworks and lots of fun. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM in Southlake Town Square.
Of course you will need to know the best way to navigate around Town Square including shuttle bus and parking information. We want to help make it a fun-filled time for you and your family by passing along some important safety tips.
S.H. 114 Access
According to Police Lieutenant Randy Thomas, if you are planning to park in Town Square, and use east or westbound S.H. 114 to get here, take the Carroll exit. Westbound drivers will crossover the bridge and continue eastbound on the 114 service road, parking on the north end of Town Square. Eastbound drivers should get off at Carroll and continue on the service road to the Town Square entrances on the north end. Lt. Thomas says, “Following this route will help folks arriving and leaving the Stars and Stripes event and when the event is over, drivers can leave by exiting onto the eastbound service road and accessing S.H. 114 at Kimball.” “Our goal is to help citizens plan ahead to help keep traffic moving smoothly,” Thomas added.
It is also important to note that there will be no southbound traffic allowed from the north parking lots. All traffic will exit to the service road. Also, no parking will be allowed on the grassy areas next to the service road. “No Parking” signs will be posted and enforced.
If you are arriving via Southlake Boulevard, you may either turn north on Carroll to park on the west side of Town Square or use Central to access the east side of the Square or use the east parking garage. Please make a note that the west parking garage will be closed for the event.
At the end of the Stars and Stripes event, all traffic on the west side of Town Square will exit (right-turn only) onto Carroll heading northbound. There will be NO southbound traffic out of the Square allowed onto Carroll Avenue.
All traffic on the east side of the Square from Main Street, will exit on Central southbound. If you park in the east garage, all exits will be directed to Central and from there you will go north to the S.H. 114 service road to exit the Square. The west side exits to the east garage will be closed.
Drop off area
There will be a shuttle drop off near the McPherson Park Pond by the Hilton Hotel. Please have your passengers ready to exit the vehicle when it comes to a stop. This will help alleviate traffic congestion. “Drivers who are planning to use Southlake Boulevard to get home once the event is over need to be aware that they will not be allowed to access Carroll Avenue to head northbound towards S.H. 114,” said Lt. Thomas. “Traffic officers will be in the area to make sure that drivers are following the plan so that everyone gets in and out of Town Square safely and with as little delay as possible.”
If you follow the guidelines listed above for traffic flow, your visit to the Stars and Stripes event will be an enjoyable one with minimal frustration and delay. “Our main goal is public safety, as well as ensuring that everyone has a great time,” said Lt. Thomas.
For visitors who are not parking in Town Square
Lighted Crosswalks will be available and manned by Southlake Officers at the following locations:
To ensure everyone makes it home safely, it is imperative that everyone uses the designated crosswalks. Crossing FM1709 on foot from the Central Market area is very dangerous and PROHIBITED! Bike Officers will be patrolling the area and will take appropriate enforcement action for your safety.
If parking on the side streets off of Carroll, please remember to follow these important rules
And most of all, WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS!
Handicapped Parking will be available on Main Street by Starbucks and Mi Cocina.
Extra parking spaces have been added on Main Street by TruFire.
Barricades in Town Square
Barricades will go up early in the morning on July 3rd. The interior roads of Town Square will not be accessible by vehicle. Please plan accordingly. The parking lots and east garage will be open until full. As the lots and garage become full, they will be closed. All parking lots with the exception of the lots north of the Hilton will close no later than 7:30 P.M.
The City is also providing shuttle service to and from the event. Running from 3:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the pickup/drop off location will be located at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church at 185 S. White Chapel Boulevard. The pickup/drop off location in Town Square will be located the intersection of Central and Main, in a coned-off area at Main Street. This year, a second bus route has been added. Buses will be also run from Gateway at 700 Blessed Way. This bus route will drop off on Reserve St. and State St. in front of the Southlake Police Department. The map can be found below.
For more information about Stars and Stripes Southlake please visit www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com