Waxahachie’s designation as the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas is up for celebration again, with the Crape Myrtle Festival slated for Wednesday, July 3, and its companion facet, the annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4.
July 3 activities will all be held in the parking lot at Lumpkins Stadium due to turf reseeding that is ongoing at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the community invited to attend and tailgate, while enjoying activities that include a free kid’s zone, a music concert with the Beatles tribute band, A Hard Night’s Day, at 7:30 p.m. and with the annual fireworks show starting up at 9 p.m.
Thursday morning sees the July 4 parade kick off at 10 a.m. on its traditional route that begins on North College Street and heads toward the historic Ellis County Courthouse. The parade turns west on Main Street at the courthouse and then continues westbound to Grand Avenue, where it turns south and proceeds on into Getzendaner Park.
As tradition, all veterans and all active service personnel are invited to be the honored guests of the parade, including riding in the parade as well as attending the Dan McClinton Veterans Memorial Breakfast sponsored by First Baptist Church of Waxahachie and hosted at Central Presbyterian Church, 402 N. College St., at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4, prior to the parade’s start.
To sign up for the breakfast and or riding in the parade, call 469-309-4045. The parade is sponsored by the Crape Myrtle Council, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and the Waxahachie Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Once again, Remedy Church is hosting its annual, free Picnic in the Park, which it describes as “a good, old-fashioned picnic” that commences immediately after the parade’s conclusion. There will be hot dogs, bottled water and snow cones available, along with games and activities for the family. All food and activities are free. The park offers seating but people are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets. This year also sees the addition of a new activity, with the church hosting its first wiffle ball home run derby.
For more information about Picnic in the Park, call 972-767-9895.