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.
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.
Thank you @CityofSouthlake for another amazing Stars & Stripes celebration! Memories to last 4ever & our 1st as residents of this gr8 town.
— Allyson D. (@HBMomof2) July 4, 2015
— David Faltys (@faltysd) July 4, 2015
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.