Sunday, June 13, 2021

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.

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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 www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

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

City of Southlake Earns Marketing Awards for Stars & Stripes 20th Anniversary

Kaliff Marketing Gold AwardThe City of Southlake’s annual Stars and Stripes 20th Anniversary recently received recognition, winning multiple awards from the Texas Festivals & Events Association (TFEA) for the 2019 event.

TFEA hosted the annual Kaliff Marketing Awards for events held throughout the state before the pandemic and virtually after the pandemic began from June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020. Southlake earned the top honor, first place, in the Best Miscellaneous On-Site Décor for the City’s photo booth display, in its respective budget category. The City also was chosen for two bronze awards in the Best Event Video Promotion and Best Giveaway categories.

Stars and Stripes Photobooth

Kaliff Gold Award – Best Onsite Decor – 20th Anniversary Photo Frame

“It is our goal to create memorable experiences for our City, its residents, and visitors alike,” said Daniel Cortez, Southlake’s director of economic development and tourism. “We can bring forth these exemplary events like our signature Stars and Stripes because of our community support. We can’t thank our sponsors enough for seeing and believing in our vision for events and joining us in our efforts to help create those memories.”

The award competition, which recognizes marketing and promotion campaign excellence, highlights the TFEA’s annual summer conference. Although the meeting was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the awards competition still took place with 395 submitted entries.

“The goal for festivals and events is to create memorable experiences and signature destination events that are unrivaled in their entertainment value, as well as all the other elements associated with such programs,” said TFEA Executive Director Kay Wolf.

Mayor in Giveaway Chair

Kaliff Bronze Award – Best Giveaway – 20th Anniversary Chair

TFEA is a professional trade association for festival and event planners, volunteers, and suppliers from across Texas. It is an official affiliate of the International Festivals & Events Association, the premier professional association supporting festival and event leaders worldwide.

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!

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.

Stars and Stripes 2019 – Parking and Safety Tips

Stars and Stripes is one of the most popular events in Southlake. With this year being the 20th Anniversary of Stars and Stripes we are expecting a bit more foot traffic. This year’s event will kick off on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with fireworks show starting at 9: 30 p.m. in Town Square.

Holiday traffic can be very frustrating at times and we want to make things as easy as possible by sharing a few parking and safety tips.

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. There will be barricades for the duration of the event preventing traffic from traveling north on Central Avenue past Main Street.

Parking

Although parking is limited in Town Square, like any event, its best to arrive early and take advantage of the FREE parking on day of event. Internal parking in will be closed on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 7 a.m. and all surface lots and the East Garage will close when full or no later than 7: 30 p.m. Parking will also be available at the Granite Building Garage after 6 p.m. located at the intersection State St. and SH 114.

Please 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.

Shuttle Services

Lone Star Coaches will be onsite to provide attendees a cool ride in an air-conditioned bus to and from the event. The shuttles are located at White’s Chapel Methodist Church and Gateway Church.  Shuttles will drop patrons off at McPherson Park located right behind the Hilton Hotel. The shuttles will run from 3:30 p.m. – 11: 55 p.m.

Use the family drop off area: 

There will be a family drop off area at DPS Headquarters located at 600 State St. near the shuttle drop off. Please have your passengers ready to exit the vehicle when it comes to a stop to 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.

Ride Share Drop Off Area:

If you are taking a ride share service, please tell your driver to drop you off at DPS Headquarters.

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.

Additional handicapped parking spaces will be provided this year on Federal Way between Harkins Theatres and the East Garage. Attendees can access this lot from Grand Avenue or Central Avenue via the SH 114 frontage road. Golf carts will be available to transport guests from this parking area to the event.

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 while not in a crosswalk 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.

For more information about Stars and Stripes Southlake parking please visit us online at www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

Stars and Stripes, Past, Present and Future

It seems like yesterday when the City of Southlake kicked off the first Stars and Stripes event over 20 years ago. The year was 1999, the first phase of Town Square just opened and the Shops of Southlake had yet to be developed.

Frank Bliss, President of US Real Estate at Cooper & Company is one of the developers who worked on the plan to develop Town Square.

He recalled that 20 years ago, there were only six buildings up in the area; three on each side to be exact.

He explained that the inspiration behind the design of Town Square was to build a downtown area in Southlake designed for community events.

Bliss even highlighted that the design of the pavilion was so that the Lake Cities Band could perform.

Bliss said that he wanted Town Square to create a regional draw and bring more people to Southlake.

When the Stars and Stripes event made its first debut on July 3 in 1999, streets were filled with residents and visitors to witness the first patriotic fireworks show.  Bliss described the first show as the “best fireworks show” he ever saw.

Since that day, Stars and Stripes became the first traditional event in Southlake, followed by Octoberfest, Home for the Holidays and Art in the Square. “People love to gather here,” said Bliss.

As it stands today, some Stars and Stripes traditions put into practice 20 years ago are still in place. The patriotic ceremony and live performances along with kid’s activities have truly evolved to attract more vendors and of course more patrons. Let’s not forget the fireworks show has continued to become the highlight of the family-friendly celebration. Stars and Stripes T-shirts are also a cherished tradition for visitors and families to have as keepsake from attending the event.

Bliss explained that the event has exceeded his expectations. He recalled walking from 114 and seeing families and friends coming together, walking, blocking off spaces and even cleaning up after the event is over.

The family-friendly event was to celebrate the nation’s independence and what better way to celebrate than in Southlake’s very own downtown area.

Join us for the 20th Anniversary of Stars and Stripes on Wednesday, July 3 from 6 to 11 p.m. The fireworks show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. weather permitting, hope to see you there! For event notifications during the event, text STARSNSTRIPE to 888777 and download the VisitSouthlake! App on Android or Apple App Store. For more information, click here.

Join Us for Stars and Stripes 2019 – Celebrating 20 Years

Let’s party like it is 1999! That’s right you heard it here first, we are celebrating 20 years of Stars and Stripes history!  Bring your enthusiasm and patriotism to Southlake Town Square on July 3 from 6 to 11 p.m. to enjoy our signature Stars and Stripes event 2019.

The free community event offers everything that you need to enjoy a good night out with the family, from live entertainment to activities for kids to delicious cuisines, free shuttles and more!

This year we have live entertainment to rock the night out on two stages located in Southlake Town Square Family Park and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park.

Other entertainment includes a juggler, balloon artist and stilt walkers.  This year, in addition to KidZone, there will be two inflatables in Frank Cornish Park.

Did someone say food? With a variety vendors this year, attendees will have their pick of delightful cuisines to satisfy all palates, from Texas BBQ, to popcorn, pizza and even desserts like ice cream and Italian ice. Patrons can come hungry and leave happy.

The fireworks show kicks off at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting, so make sure you find a good spot to watch. The fireworks are launched front the rooftop of the West Park Garage and can be viewed anywhere in and around Southlake Town Square.  Some of the best viewing spots include, DPS Headquarters, Park Village, Shops of Southlake, McPherson Park and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park.

We’ve  also added more accommodations for our guests and visitors this year as well. This year, we are adding more restrooms and additional handicap parking will be available. Event parking is free and open to the public. Please note internal Southlake Town Square parking lots will close at 7 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.

If you are looking to take the shuttle, free shuttle services will be provided at White’s Chapel UMC and at Gateway Church with roundtrip rides to and from the event from 3:30 p.m. to 11: 45 p.m. For up to date event information, text STARSNSTRIPE to 888777 and download the VisitSouthlake! App on Android or Apple App Store.

For more information about Stars and Stripes, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our event website page.

We would like to also thank our sponsors: Sewell, Maserati/ Alfo Romeo, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake,  Alpine Materials, LLC, Gateway Church, Whites Chapel UMC, Springfree Trampoline and All-Star Orthopaedics.

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 www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

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.