4th of July parade, fireworks shows on tap

Spectators enjoy the firework display during McAllen's Concert in the Sky at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

Rio Grande Valley communities will be hosting festivities Thursday for the Fourth of July, including one of the more longstanding events, McAllen’s 91st annual Independence Day Celebration.

Presented by H-E-B, a Fourth of July parade in McAllen will feature a variety of decorated floats, walking groups and military vehicles — all in honor of the community’s veterans, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Carina Jimenez said.

“We will have multiple military groups there and have veteran involvement to keep the day focused on the reason for the day,” she added.

The parade will begin its trek along Main Street at 9 a.m. to Beech Avenue, finishing at Archer Park on Cedar Street. After the procession, attendees can take part in the Freedom Festival at the park where a variety of activities, games and food will be available.

This event is free to the public.

This year, McAllen partnered with Team Red White and Blue, a national organization that works to keep veterans socially and physically active, to host the Independence 4K run at 7 p.m. The participation fee is $20, and all proceeds will go to the local Team RWB chapter.

The night of festivities will conclude with a Concert in the Sky fireworks show at the Municipal Park, beginning at 7 p.m. with the fireworks display set for 9 p.m. KRUV is also attached to the event.

Last year, more than 25,000 people attended throughout the day, and a larger turnout is expected this year.

The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System will also be hosting a festive event, featuring a Pre-Fourth of July Car Show and Barbecue. Held at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic, located at 901 E. Hackberry Ave. in McAllen, the annual free event will have a raffle, food at no cost and a car show for attendees.

Weslaco will also be commemorating the holiday with its fifth annual Fireworks Festival. Starting at 4 p.m., attendees are welcome to attend the festivities at Mayor Pablo G. Peña Park, at 300 N. Airport Drive in Weslaco, where free entertainment, food and activities will be available.

Some of the artists who will be performing there include The Yard Dawgz, Southern Ashes and Jaime De Anda. The night will conclude with a fireworks display.

San Juan will also be celebrating with a fireworks show at San Juan Municipal Park, at 506 U.S. 83 Business. The event starts at 4 p.m. and includes a parade, live music from Buck ‘N Crazy Band, Midnight Run and Mikey Jay.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to clarify that the Concert in the Sky is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the fireworks display at 9 p.m.