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20110701-forth-of-JulyThe 235th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Fourth of July, is being celebrated at several locations throughout the Valley.

San Benito

On July 2, Resaca Fest 2011 will be taking place in San Benito at Heavin Memorial Park. The event will feature a bike race and tour, live music from Marlissa Vela, Eddie Perez and Legendz, Azido, The Impressions, Southern Train and Harvey y Los Latinos, rides, face painting, puppet shows, obstacle races, and food concessions. There will also be a patriotic dog and owner look-a-like contest.

The event will end with a fireworks display.


Also on July 2, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will host its Texas Cook’em: High Steaks contest at Edinburg Municipal Park, 714 S. Raul Longoria. The event will feature Texas Snake Man Jackie Bibby, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, a dancing horse show, a kids korral, and other live entertainment until 11 p.m.

Competitors will start turning in entries for T-bone steak, chicken, ribs, brisket and apple cobbler at 10 a.m. A fireworks show will take place at 9:15 p.m.

The event is free with $10 parking per vehicle. Doors open at 10 a.m.


McAllen will conduct its annual Fourth of July celebration with events starting at 8:15 a.m. with the parade. The parade will travel along Main Street from McAllen City Hall to Archer Park. and feature marching bands and floats by organizations, local businesses and civic groups.

After the parade there will be arts and crafts, contests, music and food concessions in Archer Park. Festivities at the park will include a performance by Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps, a hot dog eating contest and free paletas.

Events will also take place at Municipal Park, 2100 Tamarack, where there will be a kiddie carnival, food and games. The fireworks display will start at approximately 9 p.m. in the same area. Attendees can also enjoy public swimming at Municipal Pool with special games and activities for $2 per person from 1 to 6 p.m.

McAllen festivities will end shortly after the fireworks display or approximately 10:30 p.m.


Festivities in Harlingen will start with the RGV Jaycees Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m. on downtown Jackson St. The City of Harlingen will continue with the celebration at Fair Park, Fair Park Blvd., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with watermelon, face painting, a dunk tank, rock climbing, a mechanical bull, fire truck inflatable slide, sumo wrestling ring, bungee trampoline, basketball shootout and more. Live music will be at the event from 7 to 10 p.m.

Fireworks in Harlingen will be shown after the RGV Whitewings and San Angelo Colts game at the Harlingen Field. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs.


Estero Llano Grande State Park and World Birding Center will host an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4. Attendees are invited to pack up their lunch and participate in a picnic at the park.

The event will include old time picnic games like sack races, eggs in spoon races, three-legged races, and turtle races with no real turtles. Live animals, tram tours, games, crafts, prizes and more will also be available.

The first 50 kids that show up will get to paint their own birdhouse to take home. Call the park for more information and to make a reservation at 565-3919. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children and kids and 12 are free.

South Padre Island

South Padre Island will have their annual fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Best viewing is bayside between Palm and Red Snapper Streets. For more information call 761-6433.

San Antonio

For residents that will be traveling, San Antonio will have events the entire weekend at the Historic Market Square. Events will start today and run through July 4. Activities on July 4 will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 1 through July 3 events will take place all day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is a free family friendly event.

Entertainment will include live music from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s era, dancing, hula-hoop contests, poodle skirt contests, daily classic shows, and food. A children’s area will also be available with arts and crafts and more. A patriotic event will take place on July 4 at 12 p.m. with a Salute to America with Lt. Gen. Ret. Ricardo S. Sanchez delivering a keynote address. Sanchez was raised in the Rio Grande Valley.

For more information, call 210-733-0120.

Corpus Christi

The Art Museum of South Texas will be open in Corpus Christi with a $1 entry fee per person from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. The kids Funday Zone starts at 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the former City Hall Park and adjacent parking lot. A concert stage will feature a variety of local bands and entertainment. At 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, the Coast Guard will perform a mock helo demonstration off the marina t-heads with a fly-over of their Falcon jet.

The Starts and Stripes parade is going retro this year with kids on bicycles with flags and streamers flying, military vehicles and personnel from all branches, clowns, floats, kids clubs and trail riders starting at 6 p.m. on Shoreline Blvd., beginning at Kinney Avenue and traveling north to Mann Street.

The USS Lexington will launch a fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m.

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