Fourth of July Steering Committee Chairman Tony Scarpa gave an update of this year’s planning at the June City Council meeting, complete with a slide show set to music.
After 20 years serving on the event’s organizing group, Scarpa knows photos of the event describe it far more eloquently than words.
Definitely one of the oldest, it is also one of the region’s most popular traditions. The 120th annual Independence Day Celebration takes place on a Saturday this year, with the theme, “We the People.”
Raffle tickets are $10 for a Ford Explorer giveaway hosted by the Chamber.
The daylong celebration will kick off with the Grand Parade that will travel down Friendswood Dr. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., at the corner of FM 518 and Heritage Drive, and will feature over 100 entries from Friendswood and around the State of Texas.
Longtime Friendswood resident, Judge Woltz, will serve as Grand Marshall for the parade in honor of his many years of service to the community.
The procession is set to end at Stevenson Park, the site of rides, games, food, live entertainment and family fun.
“Luther and the Healers” will be the featured entertainment along with other performers throughout the day, with more than 50 booths providing concessions and shopping.
Daytime activities end at about 3:30 p.m.
An evening program begins at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, and city leaders describe it as “one of the most patriotic shows ever to be witnessed in Friendswood.”
“The Spazmatics” will headline the entertainment. The evening will conclude with a fireworks extravaganza at approximately 9:20 p.m. choreographed to patriotic music.
Public parking will not be available at Centennial Park. Free shuttle service will be available from Brookside Intermediate and from Friendswood High. Shuttles will begin running at 6:30 p.m.
For information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 281-996-3220 or email [email protected]