Thursday, August 5, 2021

Family Friendly Ideas to Celebrate Fourth of July at Home

This Fourth of July, celebrate Independence Day with your family and neighbors. The City of Southlake encourages all residents to commemorate our history, culture and community from the comfort of their homes.

Here are six ways you can celebrate Independence Day this year:

  1. Listen to festive music with the City of Southlake’s Fireworks 2020 Spotify playlist – Get in the Independence Day spirit and listen to music that will amplify the celebration.
  2. Shop, Eat and Enjoy Local for a chance to win a prize – Snap a photo of you supporting a local Southlake business, following safety guidelines and wearing masks where required, and submit it for our 2020 Fireworks Celebration Giveaway!
  3. Jump into a Family Pool Party – Beat the heat and take a cool splash in your pool. Grab your floats and goggles and dive in! Make sure your pool is safe before you swim.
  4. Eat something from the grill – The Fourth of July has always been a grill master’s holiday. Give Dad the opportunity for bragging rights and enjoy some good food with your family.
  5. Watch the Southlake Fireworks show from your home or online – The City of Southlake will host a 15-minute fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The display will be doubled in height so residents can watch from their backyard. It will also be live streamed on City of Southlake and Experience Southlake Facebook pages. Remember, Bicentennial Park will be closed to viewers all day.
  6. Share your celebration with us – All you have to do is download the Cinebody app (or use your mobile browser if you have android), sign up, enter code SLKFW and JOIN the project. Your celebration might even be shared on our social media pages!

Need more ideas? Click here! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Stars and Stripes Southlake Set to Light up the Sky on July 3

Made for everyone, the 19th annual Stars and Stripes Southlake is back with family-fun patriotic festivities on Tuesday, July 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The City of Southlake is excited to bring back the free community event offering live entertainment, activities for kids, food and drink options, free shuttle service and a glittering display of fireworks.

Helping to set the tone for the night will be the musical entertainment on two stages in Southlake Town Square: Family Park and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. Kicking off the night is a live performance by the Southlake Community Band. Songbird Jones and Limelight Band will have you dancing through the night. Don’t forget about all the patriotic ceremonies throughout the event too.

There’s something for everyone at Stars and Stripes! Bring the kids to the Creation Station for patriotic crafts and then check out the inflatable slides, obstacles and midway games in the KidZone. Toddlers won’t be left out; there’s a special area just for them. With so much to do, make sure you have time to check it all out.

Let’s not forget about the food! From burgers to barbeque, ice pops and more, guests will find delicious eats at the 20 local food stands and food trucks at the event. Crowd favorites like cotton candy, fried Oreos and lemonade booths will be on site too.

Make sure you find a good spot to watch the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Launched from the rooftop of the West Parking Garage and synchronized to patriotic favorites, the fireworks are the perfect way to end the night. Seen from in and around Southlake Town Square, the best viewing spots include Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, McPherson Park, DPS Headquarters, Park Village and Shops of Southlake. Be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Although parking for the event is free, internal Southlake Town Square parking lots will close at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the event. All surface lots and the East Garage will close once full or by 7:30 p.m. Free shuttle services will be available at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Gateway Church, with roundtrip rides to and from McPherson Park from 3:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

For additional event information, including an event map and a list of FAQ’s, visit the event website.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

Gateway Church
Sewell Automotive Companies
Essence Maserati & Alfa Romeo
All Star Orthopaedics
Fort Worth Christian School
Michaels

Volunteer at Stars and Stripes!

Looking for a great way to support your community and attend an awesome event at the same time? We can help you, volunteer for The City of Southlake’s 18th annual Stars & Stripes event!

There are many different opportunities to serve. Do you like crafting, you can help as a craft and activity Booth Attendants to assist families in making  fun experiences creations. Do you like to meet and visit with new people? You can serve as an Information Attendants at the shuttle drop off locations or as a Line Attendants to help maintain line integrity when waiting for special areas.

See something you like and are interested in helping? You can should register online at www.volunteersouthlake.com, or if you have volunteered with us in the past, sign up on VicNet!  After registering, volunteers will have a short briefing on Wednesday, June 29, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Marq Southlake to select their volunteer position and learn more about their role for the day of the event. Light snacks will be provided.

Stars & Stripes occurs the following Sunday, July 3, from 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Parking will be limited, so all volunteers are encouraged to use the 4 p.m. shuttle from White’s Chapel Church to ensure they have plenty of time to check in, and make it to your assignment in time.

We understand the commitment it takes to serve at such a huge event and to express our thanks and keep you strong and healthy, we will be providing dinner for everyone serving.

Approximately 34 volunteers are needed to assist in making Stars & Stripes the best it can be. All volunteers Must be at least 15 years or older to participate. Learn more about Stars & Stripes at www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

Star Treatment During Stars and Stripes

Back by popular demand, you and your family can enjoy reserved seating in Frank Edgar Cornish IV Park with live entertainment and fantastic fireworks viewing.  The Star Experience, sponsored by Del Frisco’s Grille, will also provide the closest seats to the live entertainment featuring, The Lone Star Attitude Band and Limelight from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

This year we have two sections to choose from; Red Star Experience and Blue Star Experience.  The Red Star Experience will offer the best seats in the house closest to the stage with an optimal view of the Fireworks at 9:30 PM.  Your reservation will grant you a table of four, an assorted dish of appetizers and four bottles of water provided by Del Frisco’s Grille.  A table consists of 4 chairs for a total of $100.00.

The new area will be the Blue Star Experience also located in Frank Edgar Cornish IV, Park behind the fountain in the street between retail buildings. Similar to the Red Star Experience, guests will enjoy a fantastic view of the fireworks but will have an obstructed view of the stage, though still be within dancing distance! Your reservation will grant you a table of four, an assorted dish of appetizers and four bottles of water provided by Del Frisco’s Grille.  A table consists of 4 chairs for a total of $75.00.

This will be the 18th annual Stars and Stripes that will provide families with live entertainment, food trucks, balloon artists, inflatables, crafts & games, and more. Join Mayor Laura Hill, during the patriotic ceremony at 8:00 PM in Family Park as we recognize local veterans with a 21 gun salute and national anthem sung by Miss Outstanding Teen Southlake Madison Zandt.

Arrive promptly between 5:15 – 6:00 PM with your receipt to check in with a staff member in Frank Edgar Cornish Park near Brio Restaurant and Chico’s store.  If you do not have a receipt, staff will ask for the registrant’s photo ID to match to the Star Experience list. Once checked in the staff member will give your family a wristband for easy access to come and go.

No refunds available in the event of inclement weather.

Tickets will go on-sale Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM.  Go online to register at SouthlakeParksandRec.com or visit The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive from 9:00AM – 6:00PM Monday – Friday.

For more information please contact 817-748-8900 or you may go online to StarsandStripesSouthlake.com

Sparks Will Fly July 3 in Southlake: Get Ready for Stars and Stripes 2016

Fireworks, festival activities and family fun will return to Southlake Town Square during the 18th Annual Stars and Stripes celebration on Sunday, July 3. Hosted by the City of Southlake and Southlake Town Square, the Independence Day celebration will offer free admission, live entertainment, family activities, delicious food and beverage options, and a spectacular fireworks show in honor of our country’s anniversary of freedom.

The festivities will kick-off with patriotic music starting at 6:00 p.m. on two stages in Southlake Town Square, including Rustin Pavilion and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. The Southlake Community Band, Lone Star Attitude Band and Limelight Band, along with various patriotic ceremonies will entertain the crowd with live performances.

In addition to live entertainment, Stars and Stripes will offer activities for the entire family. In the Creation Station, kids of all ages will be able to create patriotic crafts. The KidZone will offer active children various exciting activities, such as inflatable obstacles, midway games and slides, and a fun toddler-centric zone. Guests can also expect to see strolling characters, candy art and balloon artists.Stars and Stripes Article

With nearly 20 delicious food and beverage booths and food trucks last year, visitors will have an equally tasty experience at Stars and Stripes this year.

Launched from the rooftop of the west parking garage and synchronized to patriotic favorites, fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m. and will be seen from nearly anywhere in Southlake Town Square. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a comfortable viewing experience. A limited number of guests may have the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate spectator experience during The Star Experience. Tickets for the VIP treatment include a table for four people with a great view of the fireworks show and close seating to the stage featuring Limelight Band, as well as preset appetizers and bottled water. Additional details and ticket prices are now available, but hurry as reservations for this experience go fast!

Internal Southlake Town Sqaure parking will close for event setup Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM. All surface lots and East Garage will close once full or by 7:30 PM. All entrances into Town Square parking lots will be closed Sunday, July 3 starting at 7:30 p.m. or when full, with the exception of the entrances off of SH 114 Service Road. Parking and Shuttle services will also be available at White’s Chapel Methodist Church and Gateway Church with service to Southlake Town Square. Remember, parking and shuttle services for Southlake Stars & Stripes are FREE!

Volunteers help make events happen, and a large community event like Stars and Stripes has numerous opportunities for people who want to participate. Please contact the Community Services Department at (817) 748-8019 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.Stars and Stripes Article2

Stars & Stripes wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous sponsors that participate every year!  This years’ event is no exception to that!  Be sure to check out the  for the 2016 Stars & Stripes event!  For additional event information, including an event map, parking map and a list of FAQ’s, please visit the event website at www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

The 17th annual Stars & Stripes celebration was a blast!

A slightly cloudy Thursday was the perfect setting for Southlake’s 17th annual Stars & Stripes Independence Day celebration.

The event kicked off at 6:00 PM with the Southlake Community Band performing in Family Park and The Key West Band Band in Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. Arts & crafts, games, inflatables, and concessions were enjoyed by all while stilt walkers, clowns, and unicyclers strolled around Town Square.

Jayden Goldberg singing the National Anthem.

At 8:00 PM Southlake’s Mayor Laura Hill kicked off the patriotic ceremony with the help of a flyover by a WWII A-26 Invader provided by the Invader Squadron. Following the flyover, 15-year-old Southlake resident and classically trained vocalist Jayden Goldberg performed the National Anthem. She was accompanied by the Southlake Honor Guard comprising of members from the City’s Fire & Police Departments, the Lonestar Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans and the leader of the Honor Guard, Southlake Police Sergeant Kevin Diehl.  The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Honor Guard then performed the rifle volley, a 21-gun salute to our veterans. The patriotic ceremony concluded with a bagpipe performance of Amazing Grace by Robert McCallion, of the Southlake Fire Department.

This year’s event brought out some amazing food vendors including returning favorites Fletcher Corny Dogs and Funnel Cakes, Kona Ice, Dippin Dots, Ssahm BBQ Tacos, and Feedstore BBQ. New flavors included Nothing Bundt Cakes, Epic Cones, HipPOPs, Jack’s Chow Hound, and Very Individual Pizza. Atendees couldn’t have asked for a tastier variety to celebrate the holiday.

The highlight of evening, was an unforgettable fireworks display; the twenty minute show was accompanied by an up-lifting patriotic soundtrack. It was an evening to remember as family and friends celebrated Independence Day with the City of Southlake.

 

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Want to be part of the tradition next year for the 18th annual Southlake Stars & Stripes event?  Please contact the Southlake Community Services Department at 817-748-8611.  A special thanks goes out to Verizon Wireless, the 2015 Stars & Stripes  Title sponsor. The City also thanks all of the other 2015 event sponsors including; All-Star Orthopaedics, Brain Balance, Brio, Children’s Health, The Goddard School, Park Place Mercedes Benz, Silverado, Sleep Number, SpringFree Trampoline, Sweet and Sassy, TasteBuds Kitchen, Texas Health, The Fresh Market, and Home Depot.

Never a dull moment at Stars & Stripes, a good time was had by all!

Never a dull moment at Stars & Stripes, a good time was had by all!