The 25th anniversary of Southlake Stars and Stripes is right around the corner! We all know Texas tends to be on the hot side in the summer, which poses risks that can turn a fun day around quickly — but don't worry! With these heat safety tips, we can make sure that this Stars and Stripes is the best one yet.

Stay Hydrated:

The best way to participate in Stars and Stripes like a pro is to hydrate before, during, and after the event. Your body will need extra H2O to function while out in the hot sun enjoying all the fun! Be sure to bring a water bottle and take sips even when you don't feel thirsty.  

Wear Sunscreen and Remember to Reapply:

Don't spend your Independence Day dealing with a bad sunburn! Remember to protect your skin by applying sunscreen periodically throughout the day.

Schedule in Stops at our Cooling Station:

The fun isn’t going anywhere! There will be plenty of time to enjoy all that Stars and Stripes has to offer, so make sure a stop at our cooling station on Grand Avenue in front of Starbucks is part of your plan. At this station, there will be guaranteed shade and cool mist. Remember to take frequent breaks here throughout the day to drink some water, reapply sunscreen, and let your body recharge.

Stilt walkers dressed in patriotic attire, posing with two women

Consider Leaving Pets at Home:

In Southlake, we love our furry friends! In fact, we love them so much that we recommend keeping pets at home and safely out of the sun for the Stars and Stripes event. On top of being in the heat of summer with the possibility for triple digits, the bright, loud fireworks could spook your four-legged friends and cause them to bolt.

If you do plan to bring your dog, ensure they are correctly leashed according to the city's leash ordinance. Please also keep in mind that hot pavement could harm your dog and lead to heatstroke. Pay attention to these things to guarantee your pet is being properly cared for.

Family posing with a red white and blue star

Keep Cool and Dress for the Heat:

Stroll around Stars and Stripes in style by choosing loose, lightweight, and lighter-colored clothing. Wearing your favorite hat and sunglasses is also a good way to protect your eyes from the sun.

If You are Feeling Sick, Seek Medical Attention:

Emergency medical personnel will be on site, and Southlake Police Officers will be posted throughout Town Square. If you are feeling faint or dizzy, please seek medical attention right away. This year, the first aid tent will be on the corner of Fountain Place and Grand Avenue, and a second tent will be located in Cornish Park.

As you gear up for the Stars and Stripes event, remember that staying safe under the summer sun is key to creating a memorable and enjoyable time for all. Here's to a fantastic celebration filled with joy, laughter, and unforgettable fun!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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