Fourth of July: It’s a Granbury tradition

July 2, 2014

Shooting rockets in the air, horses parading down the street and vendors marketing their wares.

It’s not mayhem.

It’s the Fourth of July.

40 Years of Patriotic Tradition is the theme for the 2014 hometown celebration presented by the Granbury Chamber of Commerce.

Both the hometown parade and the award-winning fireworks show will be Friday, July 4.

The D&D Rockin’ Rod Classic car show kicks off the weekend on Thursday, July 3, at Mike Brown Hyundai on Highway 377. More than 150 cars are expected to enter this event starting at 7 p.m. with award presentations at 11 p.m.

The Fourth of July program on the Granbury square begins Friday at 9:30 a.m. with Janice Horak, vice president of development at Tarleton State University, performing patriotic songs. Kylee Hagen, of Oak Woods School, will read her award-winning Memorial Day essay.

The parade will step off from Granbury High School at 10 a.m. and is expected to arrive on the square about 10:25.

The Granbury High School Marine Color Guard will present the colors the square, followed by the national anthem featuring Sean Mitchell of Big City Music Revue.

Parade Grand Marshals, Jean Cate and Judge Ralph Walton, will assume their emcee duties after leading the parade from the high school, east on Pearl Street to the square.

Other dignitaries in the parade include George Spears, a recipient of the French Legion of Honor at Normandy Beach, and elected officials.

Throughout the three-day weekend, vendors around the square will serve a wide range of menu temptations.

Art and craft vendors from across the state will offer trendy and unique items at booths circling the square. Kid-friendly activities include a rock-climbing wall in the Kids Zone located on the east side of the square.

The fireworks show begins at 9:45 p.m. and will be shot from lakefront property behind Kroger. A portion of Crawford Street will be closed to the public due to the show. The lake level is up after recent rain, and could bring more folks in their boats to view the fireworks.

Purchase tickets to the Ranch Rodeo at the Granbury Reunion Grounds on Friday evening at 6, and keep your seat for a spectacular view of the fireworks show from a high vantage point.

Granbury Square Plaza will host live music entertainment on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information, see schedule in the Pride special section in today’s paper.

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