Four Days of Fun and Fireworks: 4th of July Happenings in the “Hub City”
It’s that time of year again – the time of year that your shoulders rise and fall as you take a deep breath of satisfaction. You can rest in knowing that you have a weekend full of relaxation, sun and fun, family and friends, fireworks and greasy food, good times and a patriotic spirit that is written clear across everyone’s faces. It’s a feeling that only comes a few times a year. It’s the 4th of July, where your worries melt away, and you can celebrate the red, white and blue!
Independence Day may be on a Monday this year, but that doesn’t mean the list of “Hub City” happenings for the holiday weekend has gotten any shorter. In fact, there are so many events, we are starting this list on July 1st – just in time for First Friday Art Trail.
Friday, July 1
First Friday Art Trail (6 – 9 p.m.)
Start your July 4th weekend off celebrating the arts at one of Lubbock’s favorite (and free) monthly events. You can start at any one of the participating venues, so be sure to check out the FFAT map to see what galleries and businesses are on the Trail.
Saturday, July 2
La Raza on the Plaza with La Mafia (6 – 11:45 p.m.)
Amigos and 4th on Broadway will be presenting La Raza on The Plaza with La Mafia to kick off the holiday weekend. With three decades of musicianship, 38 albums, 12 million units sold and four Grammy’s, the Texas-based La Mafia is a must-see performance. La Raza on the Plaza is the perfect way to begin your 4th of July festivities.
Sunday, July 3
4th on Broadway Street Dance featuring Turnpike Troubadours (6:30 p.m. – midnight)
Turnpike Troubadours are bringing their red dirt music to Lubbock’s red, white and blue celebration. The 4th on Broadway Street Dance has become one of Lubbock’s most anticipated Independence Day events, and this year is no different. The band always puts on an exciting show playing burning fiddle and guitar. Joined by The Dirty River Boys, this show is sure to pack a punch. Get your boots ready!
Fireworks Extravaganza at Buffalo Springs Lake (9:30 -10 p.m.)
Come out for the weekend’s first Fireworks Extravaganza at Buffalo Springs Lake! You can even make it an all-day event for family fun with beaches, fishing, nature trails, picnic areas and water sports.
Monday, July 4
Yankee Doodle Dash and Sparkler Sprint (7 – 8:30 a.m.)
Go back in time to the Spirit of 1776 with the Yankee Doodle Dash (1 mile-5K fun run) that will take you along the 4th on Broadway parade route. The Sparkler Sprint (100 Yard Dash – free for kids 12 and under) will have the children racing between the crowds as they line the streets before the parade.
4th on Broadway Parade (9 -11 a.m.)
The annual 4th on Broadway Parade is one of Lubbock’s most cherished community events. This year, the parade will start on Avenue M and go east down Broadway and end in Mackenzie Park. If you can’t make it to the parade, don’t worry because you can catch it Live on KLBK (CBS).
July 4th Picnic at the Park (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Celebrate Independence Day FOR FREE with your friends and family at Picnic in the Park! With 300 regional artists performing, over 40 food vendors, and 20 craft vendors, this is bigger and better than any picnic you’ve ever seen. There will be an area dedicated to kids of all ages with a rock wall, spider wall, trampolines, art & crafts, petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, multiple shows featuring a trick roper, dog, horse and pony rides.
4th on Broadway Evening Concert (7 – 10:30 p.m.)
Before ending your night with fireworks, enjoy the evening concert featuring regional talent and the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock. This event promotes new talent from this region who want to follow in the footsteps of other artists that have participated in Broadway Festivals, such as Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Pat Green and Josh Abbott.
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Mackenzie Park (10:10 -10:30 p.m.)
After enjoying live music at the evening concert, wind down from an amazing weekend and enjoy what we all look forward to most – fireworks in the night sky.
While you’re out and about during Independence Day weekend, be sure to share a few photos with us using #LiveLoveLubbock! Happy celebrating!