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Stars and Stripes Returns for 2021

Your favorite patriotic event returns this year with more fun and more sparkle!

Join us in Southlake Town Square for Stars and Stripes 2021 on Saturday, July 3, from 6 – 10 p.m. with the fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.

This event is designed for the entire family to enjoy.

Live musical performances will set the tone for the night on stages in Family Park and Frank Edgar Cornish IV Park followed by a patriotic ceremony at the Rustin Pavilion.

If you’re bringing the kids, Kids Corner is where all the fun happens. Your children can enjoy activities, entertainment, games, and more!

With all the fun going on, you’ll probably work up an appetite. Food vendors will be set up throughout Southlake Town Square offering sweets and delicious eats during the course of the night. Make sure to check out our BBQ Alley!

Event parking is free, however special accommodations will be available for guests and visitors who prefer to utilize shuttle services.

Free shuttle services will be provided with roundtrip rides to and from the event. Be sure to check shuttle locations and times before attending the event.

Restrooms and additional handicap parking will also be available.

Stars and Stripes is free and open to the public. Remember, you can begin to set up at 7 p.m. on July 2. However, keep in mind that the City is not responsible for any unattended, lost or stolen items. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the City of Southlake!

For up-to-date event information, text STARSNSTRIPE to 888777 and download the VisitSouthlake! App on Android or Apple devices. For more information about Stars and Stripes parking, event schedule and festivities, please visit

Thank you to this year’s Stars and Stripes sponsors!

This Fourth of July, Celebrate with Your Community and Neighborhood

In honor of our country’s birthday, the City of Southlake is proud to announce our traditional fireworks display to pair with your neighborhood celebration!

The City encourages residents to commemorate our history, culture and community from the comfort of their homes with friends and family.

For the safety of the community, the traditional Stars and Stripes event has been modified and the festival portion will not take place.

“Our conversation has always been about how we can keep Southlake safe and healthy and celebrate our nation’s independence,” Community Services Director Chris Tribble said. “As a City, we are held to a higher standard. We have to do things right. I know our fireworks show is something our residents, visitors and businesses look forward to as well. This year, we’re excited to be able to celebrate the Fourth of July as neighbors and a community, safely.”

The City of Southlake is continuing the tradition of its incredible fireworks display by doubling the height of the display for stronger visibility so that residents can watch from their homes.

This year’s 15-minute fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m., Friday, July 3 from centrally located Bicentennial Park. The park will be closed all day July 3, and not accessible for viewers. Champions Club will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 3.

Residents are encouraged to get to know their neighbors and celebrate the Fourth of July in their neighborhoods.

The display will be livestreamed on City of Southlake and Experience Southlake Facebook pages. Click here for more information about the fireworks show.

Are you ready for Stars and Stripes? Here’s what you should know about getting to the event.

Stars and Stripes Southlake is just a few days away. Tuesday, July 3, will be here before we know it. It’s an exciting event with a lot of activity, so before you come down we want to share some traffic, parking and safety tips.

Along with providing the perfect family-fun event, we also strive to provide a safe and secure event for all our visitors. The City of Southlake takes great measures to make sure all families attending the event have a safe and enjoyable experience.

“This is one of our most popular and fun events. We all look forward to Stars and Stripes,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “With that being said, Town Square will be full of people and activities. I’d like to remind everyone that while at the festivities please be aware of your surroundings. If anything causes you concern, our officers can be found throughout the event. Our primary goal is to make Stars and Stripes a safe place to enjoy the holiday for your family.”

Before you come to the event, here are some important tips to help you arrive and enjoy the event safely:

Want to avoid parking in Town Square?

Take the Shuttle: We are providing a shuttle service to and from the event.  The shuttle will be running from 3:30 p.m. to 11:55 p.m., and the pickup/drop off locations will be located at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church at 185 S. White Chapel Boulevard and Gateway Church at 700 Blessed Way.

The pickup/drop off location in Town Square will be located on Division and State Streets next to DPS Headquarters.

Use the family drop off area: There will be a family drop off at DPS Headquarters near the shuttle drop off. 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 Blvd. to get home need to be aware that they will not be allowed to access Carroll Avenue towards SH 114.

Use the Uber and Lyft drop off area: This year, we’ve created a designated drop off location to help you coordinate drop off and pick up with your driver. Tell your driver to drop you off at DPS Headquarters, or 600 State St.

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.

Planning to drive and park in the area?

Take advantage of the Granite parking garage: Parking will be available after 6:00 p.m. in the Granite parking garage located on the north side of Town Square.  The garage can be accessed on Division Street, the road that runs along the south side of DPS HQ, then traffic will be directed northbound on State Street to turn into the parking garage. Just follow the signs that will guide you into the Granite parking garage.

Entering via SH 114: Take the Carroll Avenue exit of SH 114.  Access is available on North Carroll Avenue at Federal Way and Prospect Street, between SH 114 and Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709). Drivers may also access Town Square from the eastbound service road of SH 114 at Grand Avenue and Central Avenue. It’s 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.

Entering via Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709): You may either turn north on Carroll Avenue to park on the west side of Town Square; use Central Avenue to access the east side of the Square; or use the east parking garage. **Please note that the west parking garage will be closed for the event.

At the end of the event: All traffic on the west side of Town Square will exit (right-turn only) onto Carroll Avenue 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 onto Central Avenue southbound.  All exits from the east garage will be directed to Central Avenue to go north to the SH 114 service road to exit the Square. **The west side exits to the east garage will be closed.

Handicapped Parking in Town Square

Drivers can enter from either Prospect Street/Carroll Avenue or Central Avenue /Southlake Blvd (FM 1709). to access the handicapped parking along Main Street. Handicapped parking will be available on Main Street by Starbucks and Mi Cocina. Please be aware that the entrance at Carroll Avenue /Main Street will be designated for exit only.

Not parking in Town Square?  

Lighted crosswalks will be available and manned by Southlake officers at the following locations:

  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Central Avenue
  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Carroll Avenue
  • North Carroll Avenue and Prospect Street
  • North Carroll Avenue and Federal Way

If parking on the side streets off of Carroll Avenue, please remember to follow these important rules.

  • To ensure everyone makes it home safely, it’s imperative that everyone uses the designated crosswalks. Crossing Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) 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.
  • Park facing the correct way and no more than 18” from the curb.
  • Do not block driveways or park in someone’s yard.
  • Make sure your vehicle is not in the intersection; it will be towed.
  • Be courteous to the neighborhood.

Access to Town Square before the event

  • 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. There will be barricades for the duration of the event preventing traffic from traveling north on Central Avenue past Main Street.
  • And most of all, WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS! Citizens on Patrol (COPs) volunteers will also be on hand to assist pedestrians at major crosswalks and to help ensure the safety of all attendees.

For more information about the event, visit

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

Stars and Stripes Southlake Returns with a Boom on July 3

Complete with family fun and patriotic festivities, the 18th annual Stars and Stripes Southlake celebration is scheduled for Monday, July 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Hosted by the City of Southlake, the free community event offers live entertainment, activities for kids, food and drink options, free shuttle service and a sparkling display of fireworks.

The freedom fun will feature musical entertainment on two stages in Southlake Town Square: Family Park and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. Event guests will experience live performances by the Southlake Community Band, Empty Pockets Country Band, Limelight Band and various patriotic ceremonies throughout the event.

Fun for everyone, family activities and entertainment will be available throughout Southlake Town Square during the event. Kids of all ages will be able to create patriotic crafts in the Creation Station, and the KidZone will offer exciting outdoor activities such as dual inflatable slides, inflatable obstacles, and inflatable midway games. An area for toddlers will also be available. There will be other festive fun throughout the event, including candy art, balloon artists, strolling characters, temporary tattoos, live entertainment and trampoline jumps.

From burgers to barbeque, ice pops and more, guests will find delicious eats at the 20 food stands and food trucks at the event. In addition to local flavors from area restaurants, there will also be festival favorites, such as cotton candy, fried Oreos and lemonade booths on site.

Launched from the rooftop of the West Parking Garage and synchronized to patriotic favorites, fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m. Seen from in and around Southlake Town Square, the best viewing spots include Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, McPherson Park, DPS Headquarters, Lot 1, Park Village and Shops of Southlake. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Enjoy the ultimate spectator experience during The Star Experience. This VIP treatment includes a reserved table with close seating to the patriotic action.

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 Methodist Church and Gateway Church, with round-trip 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.

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, 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

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 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

The 15th Annual Stars and Stripes was a Night to Remember

Southlake Honor GuardWith a high of nearly 91 degrees on Thursday, July 3rd, it was the perfect day for the 15th Annual Stars and Stripes Independence Day Celebration hosted by the City of Southlake.

The 2014 event emcee, KLTY’s Tony Lopez, kicked off the event at 6:00 p.m. with the Southlake Swing Band performing at Rustin Pavilion and Limelight Band in Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park.  Arts & crafts, games, inflatables and concessions began while stilt walkers, clowns and unicyclers strolled around Town Square.

At 8:00 p.m., Town Square was filled with patriotic spirit as Mayor John Terrell lead an inspirational Patriotic Ceremony. The ceremony began with Southlake resident, Abby Anderson, an up-and-coming artist, singing her rendition of “Let Freedom Ring.” It was a beautiful way to honor our country and kick-off the ceremony. Mayor Terrell then introduced the Southlake Honor Guard, which  included members from Southlake DPS and the Southlake Fire Department. After the Honor Guard presented the colors lead by Southlake DPS Sgt. Kevin Diehl, the Southlake Community Band played the National Anthem.  The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Honor Guard then performed the “rifle volley’, 21 gun salute to our veterans. The finale of the ceremony ended with Southlake Fire Department’s, Robert McCallion, performing “Amazing Grace” on the Bagpipe as the crowd listened in silence. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making this a special moment of reflection. Mayor John Terrell said it perfectly, “It’s times like these that we are reminded what it means to truly celebrate our country’s independence and the men, women and families who sacrifice to keep this nation free. ”

This year’s food selection offered a wide variety of choices that favored any apetite. Returning Stars and Stripes concessions included Burger Shack, Dippin Dots, Feedstore BBQ, Fletcher Corny Dogs and Kona Ice. In addition, food trucks brought new flavors to the event. Rock & Roll Tacos, The Guava Tree Truck and SsahmBBQ Gourmet Korean Tacos drove in to celebrate with us.

The evening ended with a bang with a bigger and better firework show. The crowd enjoyed the twenty-minute firework display synchronized with music, and spectators all over Southlake could tune into 100.7 FM to feel a part of the celebration going on in Town Square. For those who wanted to avoid the traffic, The Derek Anthony Band rocked it in Frank Edgar Cornish, IV until 11:00 p.m. It was an evening to remember as family and friends celebrated Independence Day with the City of Southlake.

Keep the tradition up next year for our 16th Annual Stars and Stripes, Southlake!  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for next year’s event, please contact the Community Services department at 817-748-8611.  Thank you to all our 2014 sponsors, Park Place Lexus, All-Star Orthopaedics, Children’s Medical Center Southlake, Forest Park Medical Center, Kroger, Sleep Number, Brain Balance, The Goddard School, Frost Bank and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, for your support!

Using Fireworks is Illegal in Southlake – Just Don't Do It

Stars and Stripes 2013The Southlake Departments of Public Safety would like to remind all Southlake residents that selling, possessing or using fireworks in the City of Southlake is illegal.

“If we find people using them we will take them away and issue a citation,” said Fire Marshal David Barnes. “DPS will have a no tolerance policy towards these violators.”

Fines for selling or using fireworks within the Southlake City limits can be as high as $2,000.

“It’s not worth the risk,” added Barnes. “Instead come and enjoy the City’s Stars and Stripes celebration on Thursday, July 3rd, it’s going to be a great event.”

Fire Chief Michael Starr says, “The best way to have fun and play it safe it to leave the fireworks to the professionals. We want to provide a safe environment for kids and their families to enjoy the holiday.”

For information on Stars and Stripes please go to the following link: