County getting ready to celebrate July 4th

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Jun. 11—The 245th birthday of the United States of America is expected to be bigger than ever and Independence Day will be celebrated across Rockwall County, with events including parades, live music and, of course, fireworks.

— The Rockwall Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the July 4 parade on the morning of July 3, beginning at 11 a.m. at Wilkinson-Sanders stadium. The parade will continue north on Townsend, left on Boydston, right on Fannon and conclude by turning right on Rusk and ending at Dobbs Elementary School. Those wishing to enter the float need to register by June 25 at

— The evening festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Harry Myers Park with a parachute jump and live music on the stage in front of Pickens Lake, followed by the grand fireworks finale.

— Royse City will again be getting an early start on Independence Day, with music, food and fireworks. The annual "Celebrating freedom" event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Royse City High School.

There will be food trucks available on scene along with performances from Brandon Bamburg, Big Gus and Swampadelic and Wade Bowen and the fireworks show finale around 9:30 p.m. is expected to be visible from across the area. There is no admission fee and visitors are invited to bring their lawn chairs to the event. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed and no bikes, scooters or skateboards will be permitted.Social distancing will be observed

Additional information is available online at

— The city of Heath and Special Events Board is hosting an Independence Day Parade on July 3, with a patriotic program in Towne Center Park immediately following the parade. Parade categories include floats, bicycles, wagons and strollers, golf carts and off-road vehicles, antique cars and patriotic pets

Those wishing to enter the parade can sign up at

Veterans and active members of the U.S. military are being invited to ride in the parade on the Veterans Float., which will be parked in the fire bay at City Hall, 200 Laurence. Veterarans are asked to arrive by 8:15 a.m. and enjoy coffee, donuts and camaraderie with fellow veterans.

The intersection of Laurence Drive and FM 740/FM 1140 will be closed during the parade between 9 and 9:45 a.m.

— The city of Rowlett has scheduled the "Fireworks on Main" event on July 4. Acttvities begin at 6 p.m. at 5304 Main Street, directly behind the Wet Zone waterpark. There will be food trucks and vendors, a kids area and live music from the Big Daddy Band with Martha and the Vandellas headlining. Additional information is available online at

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