Centennial Park will be closed this week and travelers will find FM 518 shut down Saturday morning as the city prepares for the annual Independence Day celebration.
Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Dr. will remain closed to the public the rest of this week, re-opening July 7, and FM 518 will be closed Saturday morning between FM 2351 and Whispering Pines.
Traffic on FM 518 will begin being diverted at Whispering Pines at about 9:45 a.m. Saturday as the street is closed for the 10 a.m. Grand Parade. Southbound traffic will be diverted at FM 2351. Blackhawk Blvd. and Sunset Drive are recommended alternatives.
“No parking zones” will take effect in the parade area beginning at 8 p.m. Friday night, and include both sides of 518 between Eagle Lakes Drive and Old Road, as well as parts of Falcon Ridge and the Lakes of Falcon Ridge Subdivision.
There will be no trash pick-up Saturday on residential routes, and no make-up day for those on a Saturday route, city workers announced.
Friendswood has been celebrating the Fourth of July since 1895. The 2015 “We the People” version at Stevenson Park remains free for the public, but attractions such as the train, chair swing, mechanical bull, spinning chairs and water slide require a day ride pass wristband, which is $10 and allows unlimited rides until 3:30 p.m. An all-day ride pass wristband allows rides during the evening program at Centennial Park as well, and is sold at City Hall for $15.
The evening program begins at 7 p.m. with entertainment by Luther and the Healers.
Also during the evening, the Spazmatics perform, and the music-synced fireworks show begins at about 9:20 p.m.
There will be no public parking at Centennial Park, but free shuttles are available and run continually from Brookside Intermediate parking lot, 3535 E. FM 528 – a different location than in years past – and from Friendswood High, 702 Greenbriar. Shuttle times are 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
City officials also are reminding the public that fireworks are illegal within Friendswood.
For more event information, call the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at 281-996-3220.