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.
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 & 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.
Preparations are underway for the City of Southlake’s annual Stars and Stripes event on Friday, July 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m. in Southlake Town Square. The City wants to help make it a fun-filled time for you and your family by passing along some important traffic information and safety tips.
S.H. 114 Access
If you are planning to park in Town Square and use east or westbound S.H. 114, you should 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 Ave and continue on the service road to the Town Square entrances on the north end. Assistant Chief Ashleigh Douglas says, “Following this route will help folks arriving to and leaving from Stars and Stripes, drivers can leave by exiting onto the eastbound service road and accessing S.H. 11 at Kimball.” “Our goal is to help citizens plan ahead to help keep traffic moving smoothly,” Douglas 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 114 service road. In addition, no parking will be allowed on the grassy areas next to the service road. “No Parking” signs will be posted and enforced.
Southlake Blvd. & East Garage Access
If you are arriving via Southlake Blvd (FM1709) you may either turn north on Carroll Ave to park on the west side of Town Square or use Central to access the east side of the parking lot by Jared Jewelers. Keep in mind that once the parking lot is full, Central Ave will be closed. Central Ave will be from 4:00 p.m. until the end of the event to allow the shuttle services to begin. Also, please make note that the West Parking Garage will be closed for the event.
At the end of the festivities, all traffic on the west side of Town Square will exit (right-turn only) onto Carroll Ave heading northbound. There will be no southbound traffic out of Town Square allowed onto Carroll Ave. All traffic on the east side of Town Square from Main St will exit northbound on Central Ave. If you park in the east garage, all exits will be directed to Central Ave and from there you will be directed north to the S.H. 114 service road to exit the square. If you exit at the east or northwest ends of the garage you will exit north on Central Ave to the 114 service road. The west side exits in the East Garage will be closed.
There will be an in and out drop off area in front of the Department of Public Safety headquarters building along State Street off North Carroll. The far outside, northbound lane will be lined with traffic cones and a sign indicating the drop off area. An exit will be provided onto the eastbound service road of Highway 114. 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 need to be aware that they will not be allowed to access Carroll Ave from Southlake Blvd. to head northbound towards S.H. 114 after the event,” said Douglas. “Traffic officers will be in the area to make sure that drivers are following the plan so that everyone gets in and out safely and with as little delay as possible.”
If you follow the guidelines listed above for traffic flow, your visit to Stars and Stripes will be an enjoyable one with minimal frustration and delay. “Our main goal is public safely, as well as ensuring that everyone has a great time,” said Assistant Chief Douglas.
For Visitors who are not Parking in Town Square
Lighted Crosswalks will be available and manned by Southlake officers and volunteers at the following locations:
Again, the number one goal for the Southlake Police Department is to help make sure everyone arrives to Stars and Stripes and returns home safely. You can assist in this process by using the designated crosswalks. Crossing Southlake Blvd on foot from the Central Market area is very dangerous and prohibited. There will be a zero tolerance policy in place for pedestrians who cross in any area that is not a designated crosswalk. There will be yellow police tape from Carroll Ave to Central Ave. Volunteers with our Citizens on Patrol (COPs) and Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) programs, along with Bike Officers, will be patrolling the area and will take appropriate enforcement action for your safety.
If you are parking on the side streets of Carroll Ave, please remember these important tips:
In addition to the already established Handicapped Parking in Town Square, Handicapped Parking will also be available on Main St by Starbucks and Mi Cocina.
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 they are 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 that 7:30 p.m.
The City is also providing shuttle service to and from the event. Shuttle service will operate from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. (midnight). The off-site pick-up/drop-off location will be located at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church (185 S White Chapel Blvd). The pick-up/drop-off location at Town Square will be located at the intersection of Central Ave and Main St, in a coned-off area at Main St.
**IMPORTANT Information for Restaurant Reservation Parking
If you have dinner reservations at Del Frisco’s or other restaurants in Town Square they are providing a parking placard. Only those with a special placard will be allowed to park in lots designated for certain restaurants.
If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019. For more event information, please visit www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.