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Music sparkles @ July 4 celebrations

July 3, 2013

Music and outdoor fun defines July 4, This extended-weekend fete in Denton incorporates a concert on the Historic Denton County Courthouse lawn and, of course, the  Kiwanis Fireworks Jubilee at University of North TexasApogee Stadium and much more –

Denton County Farmers Market

7:00 a.m. – Until?

Denton County Farmers Market

From June through September, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, local farmers sell fresh produce at the Bayless Selby House parking lot, on the corner of Carroll and Sycamore. Produce includes: tomatoes, peppers, squash, potatoes, green beans, okra, black-eyed peas, onions, cucumbers, watermelon, peaches, strawberries, cantaloupe, and honey dew melons.
For more information, visit the Denton County Farmer’s Market website at

July 4 schedule of activities and events

  • Liberty Run – 6:30 a.m.
    North Lakes Park
    2001 W. Windsor Dr.
    This is a 5K run and 1-mile fun walk. 6:30am check-in; 7:30am, race begins ( $15/individual or $12/person for families of three or more living at the same address Race-day registration: $20 The entry fee includes a T-shirt, sizes S-XL; $2 extra for XXL.) Fruit, snacks, and beverages will be given to participants at the end of the event. More info at
  • Yankee Doodle Parade
    8:30 a.m. judging –  9 a.m. parade
    (940) 349-8579
    Downtown Historic Square – 115 W. Hickory St.Denton Institute of Phrenology Marching Band
    • Don’t forget the Denton Institute of Phrenology Marching Band that will lead the parade on the Fourth of July.  If you play a band instrument, bring it.  If not, bring a tambourine or a kazoo or a pan from the kitchenPrizes for the best costumes.  Band Camp is on the Wells Fargo parking lot downtown at 8 a.m.  At the end of the parade, you can go to the Senior Center to hear a free patriotic program by Young at Heart and the Senior Chorus, or you can go to Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, to hear the Bonnie & Nick Norris Swing Band.  It’s time to celebrate.  Let’s do it!

    Pedestrians, walkers and riders with non-motorized units (i.e. bicycles, wagons, etc.), please enter the staging area at Mulberry Street and Locust Street. All other motorized vehicles (i.e. cars, trucks, lawn mowers, etc.), please enter the staging area at Prairie Street and Locust Street.
    Click here for the parade entry form.
    To enter a float in the parade, call (940) 349-8579.

9:30 a.m. Adult Lucky Horseshoe Tournament
Adult Lucky Horseshoe Tournament begins at Quakertown
Park. Registration is accepted starting at 9 a.m. (singles & doubles: consolation draws)

  • Children’s Art Show entries must be dropped off between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. at Denton Civic Center.
  • Live entertainment begins at Quakertown Park.
  • Flag ceremony begins when the parade arrives at City Hall

Enjoy outdoor inflatables and indoor carnival-style games until noon at the Civic Center.
Low-priced concessions will be sold. Outside the Civic Center, all ages can compete
in the following back-to-back family fun games:
10:45 a.m. potato sack races
11 a.m. three-legged races
11:15 a.m. egg and spoon races
11:30 a.m. whipped cream-eating contest
11:45 a.m. water balloon toss

11 a.m. Children’s Arts and Crafts Show
Entries for the Children’s Arts and Crafts Show will be displayed until noon
in the Civic Center. Entries must be dropped off between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.

Noon – Civic Center Pool Discount Begins
Enjoy $1 admission to Civic Center Pool until 6 p.m.

Twilight Tunes (special time) 12:30-2 p.m

Sol Tax (Folk/Rock), will perform on the east side of the Historic Denton County Courthouse lawn. Lawn chairs, picnic lunches encouraged.

Local musicians perform every Thursday evening in May and June on the lawn of the Historic Denton County Courthouse on the Square in downtown Denton. These evening concerts are free to attend. Grab a blanket, set up a picnic, and enjoy an evening on the Square. Twilight Tunes will go on rain or shine. In the event of rain, Twilight Tunes will be held at Sweetwater Grill, Dan’s Silverleaf, or the Abbey Inn. Check Downtown Denton-Denton Main Street Association’s Facebook page for updates on rain location.

Kiwanis Fireworks Show

6:30 p.m.
Apogee Stadium – 1301 S. Bonnie Brae St.

Kiwanis Fireworks Show

It’s Denton County’s most spectacular night, and has been for more than 40 years!
This year, we will move to UNT’s beautiful new Apogee Stadium, so come on out for live music by The Dirty Pesos and George Dunham, and the Birddogs, followed by an awesome array of fireworks that light up the sky.
The event is FREE, but donations are gladly accepted by our energetic “Bucket Brigade” before, during, and after the show.
*Parking at Apogee Stadium $5/vehicle, parking at Fouts Field FREE!
Gates open at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Live Music, Later

  • Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos set off their own kind of fireworks, 7-9 p.m. at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 . Elm St. Hot dogs and patriotic Jello shots add to the Independence Day fun.

    Bubba y los Super Vatos

    Bubba y los Super Vatos

  • Starting at 9 p.m., celebrate the 4th of July at the Abbey Underground, 100 W. Walnut, with Enjoy live music by the Knocking, the Green Lights, Lovesick Mary, and Dead Pan Poets. For more information on what’s going on at the Abbey Underground, check out their calendar here


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