Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy 239th Birthday, USA!

Fireworks over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, Texas.  Image courtesy of fluentdallas.com.
239 years ago this Saturday, the United States signed and ratified the Declaration of Independence, breaking away from Great Britain and becoming a sovereign nation.  Ever since, celebrations commemorating the Fourth of July have occurred all over the country.  

So, TWU, how do you intend to celebrate?

If you are in Denton, there are more than a few events happening on Saturday, July 4th.  Here are just a few:
Liberty Run 5k  Maybe you want to be active on the USA’s birthday.  Stop by the North Lakes Rec Center for this fun run at 6:30 a.m.!  Registration is $15 before race day, and $20 at the gate.
● Fourth of July Free Family Jubilee  More activities than you’ll know what to do with!  The festivities begin at 9 a.m. and run until 11 a.m.  Lunch at 11 a.m. costs $3 per person, and a pool party from noon to 6 p.m. only costs $1 a head!
Kiwanis Fireworks Show  It wouldn’t be the Fourth without fireworks!  Stop by Apogee Stadium at UNT for the show that begins at 6:30 p.m.

Dallas is also hosting a slew of events within or around city limits.  Take a look:
●  July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza  Grapevine is moving its weekly fireworks display to Saturday in honor of the Fourth. Stop by the Gaylord Texan Resort for live music and plenty of space to view the show!
●  Kaboom Town  A North Texas tradition, Addison’s Kaboom Town will take place on Friday, July 3 starting at 5 p.m.  There will be more than fireworks, though, at the annual party at Addison Circle Park.
●  A Star Spangled Spectacular  There are few better ways to beat the heat than with a concert.  Join the Dallas Winds at the Meyerson Center for this patriotic tribute to the USA.
●  For all things Fourth of July in Dallas, here is a handy guide.

Houston is no stranger to Fourth of July events.  Here is a small sample of the city’s offerings:
●  Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas  This annual 6-hour party in Houston’s downtown is a must-see. With tickets just $8 ($10 on the Fourth), it’s a great way to spend the day.
●  ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights—Star-Spangled Salute  This free outdoor concert held at Miller Outdoor Theatre features the Houston Symphony playing patriotic classics.  Free tickets are available (first come, first served) for the seating area, so be quick and pick yours up (though open seating is available on the hill)!  Concert starts at 8:30 p.m.
●  17th Annual Red, Hot, & Blue Festival  Make your way to the Woodlands for this four-hour party. There will be activities for all ages at two convenient locations!
●  A full list of Houston Fourth of July events can be found here.

Remember, all TWU Libraries will be closed on the Fourth of July (but we will be open regular hours on the 3rd and 5th).  For details, see the calendars of the Denton and Dallas libraries, and the Houston ARC

Enjoy your Fourth!

~Jason Mims

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