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.
We hope you and your families are getting ready for the annual Stars and Stripes event on July 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m. in Town Square. We want to help make it a fun-filled time for you and your family by passing along some important traffic safety tips.
S.H. 114 Access
According to DPS Police Sergeant Mike Dunn, if you are planning to park in Town Square, and use east or westbound S.H. 114 to get here, 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 and continue on the service road to the Town Square entrances on the north end. Sgt. Dunn says, “Following this route will help folks arriving and leaving the Stars and Stripes event and when the event is over, drivers can leave by exiting onto the eastbound service road and accessing S.H. 114 at Kimball.” “Our goal is help citizens plan ahead to help keep traffic moving smoothly,” Dunn 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 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.
In addition, drivers traveling from east of the Southlake/Grapevine area should plan ahead for traffic issues around the DFW Connector Project. Traffic information and lane closures may be obtained along with app downloads for IPhone and Android at http://www.dfwconnector.com/index_noflash.php.
Southlake Blvd. & Garage Access
If you are arriving via Southlake Boulevard, you may either turn north on Carroll to park on the west side of Town Square or use Central to access the east side of the Square or use the east parking garage. Please make a note that the west parking garage will be closed for the event.
At the end of the Stars and Stripes event, all traffic on the west side of Town Square will exit (right-turn only) onto Carroll 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 on Central southbound. If you park in the east garage, all exits will be directed to Central and from there you will go north to the S.H. 114 service road to exit the Square. The west side exits to the east garage will be closed.
Drop off area
There will be an in and out drop off at 600 State St. at the bottom of the hill directly in front of the Police Services entrance. From there, you will be able to access the service road east bound. Please have your passengers ready to exit the vehicle when it comes to a stop. This will help alleviate traffic congestion onto North Carroll.
“Drivers who are planning to use Southlake Boulevard to get home once the event is over need to be aware that they will not be allowed to access Carroll Avenue to head northbound towards S.H. 114,” said Dunn. “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 the Stars and Stripes event will be an enjoyable one with minimal frustration and delay. “Our main goal is public safety, as well as ensuring that everyone has a great time,” said Sgt. Dunn.
For visitors who are not parking in Town Square
Lighted Crosswalks will be available and manned by Southlake Officers at the following locations:
To ensure everyone makes it home safely, it is imperative that everyone uses the designated crosswalks. Crossing 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.
If parking on the side streets off of Carroll, please remember these important items
And most of all, WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS!
Handicapped Parking will be available on Main Street by Starbucks and Mi Cocina. There will also be Handicapped parking available behind Sweet and Sassy.
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 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.
The City is also providing shuttle service to and from the event. Running from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the pickup/drop off location will be located at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church at 185 S. White Chapel Boulevard. The pickup/drop off location in Town Square will be located the intersection of Central and Main, in a coned-off area at Main Street. The map can be found below.
For more information about Stars and Stripes Southlake please visit www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com