4th of July Celebrations

DUNCANVILLE, TX – The City of Duncanville invites the public to its annual Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4. The day will begin with a parade sponsored by the Duncanville Lions Club and will close with a host of evening festivities in Armstrong Park. Attendees will be able to enjoy LIVE music, delicious food from local vendors, bounce houses for the kids and fireworks! Admission is FREE and open to the public, though wristbands will be required for entry into the evening festivities.
The theme for this year’s parade will be “Liberty & 100 Years of Lionism.” The parade will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The parade route will begin at Reed Middle School, 530 Freeman Street, turn right on Wheatland Road, right on Main Street, followed by a right on Freeman Street and continue back to Reed Middle School. To participate in the parade, please register with Duncanville Lions Club at Duncanville Lions Club, Parade Entry, PO Box 381055, Duncanville, TX 75138, or in person at either the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, 300 E. Wheatland Road, the Red Bird Bowling Lanes located at 1114 S Main Street, or Ben Franklin Apothecary at 302 N Main Street.
Various closures will affect the Wheatland and Main Street area beginning at 7AM. For any questions regarding the parade, please call Lions Parade Chairpersons Don McBurnett 214-918-9981 or Kasey Cheshier at 972-298-1147.
The evening festivities will be at Armstrong Park, 100 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116. There will be local food vendors, live music and family activities including a bounce house for the kiddies. Of course, the evening will culminate with the fireworks show, an event anticipated by many. Wristbands will be required for entrance to the evening festivities. Starting June 12, wristbands will be available upon request at the Duncanville Recreation Center located at 201 James Collins Blvd, while supplies last. There is a limit of 5 wristbands per person and you must be must be 18 or older to pick up. If quantities remain, wristbands will be available at the event. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All bags and coolers will be subject to search upon entry. The following items will not be permitted inside the park: alcohol, glass containers, tents, canopies, umbrellas (other than hand held), all animals other than service animals and fireworks. ADA-accessible parking will be located in the parking lot west of City Hall at 203 E Wheatland Rd, Duncanville, TX 75116.
Sponsors and vendors are invited to register with the Department of Parks & Recreation at 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116 or by calling 972-780-5070.
Armstrong Park will be closed to the public in advance of the event, starting at 11:30PM on July 3. Normal park hours will resume following the event.
Due to various street closures and limited parking, the City of Duncanville will offer a free shuttle service to and from designated remote parking locations before, during and after the evening festivities. Remote parking will be available at Costco and Duncanville High School and will run from 5 p.m. until the end of the event. Two shuttle routes will be available. A North route will pick up attendees from the Duncanville High School parking lot at 900 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Duncanville, TX 75116 and drop off at Efurd Properties at 202 S Santa Fe Trail, Duncanville, TX 75116. A South route will pick up from the Costco parking lot at 250 W Hwy 67, Duncanville, TX 75137 and drop off at the former Duncanville ISD Administration building at 802 S Main St, Duncanville, TX 75137. Guests must take the same shuttle route to return to their vehicle at the end of the evening that they took to get to the event.

For any questions regarding the Independence Day festivities, please contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at (972) 780-5070, or visit us at www.duncanville.com.

DeSoto and Lancaster Festivities

This year the cities of DeSoto and Lancaster are again joining forces to celebrate our nation’s independence.  DeSoto and Lancaster’s July Fireworks Festival will take place on Saturday, July 1st in DeSoto at Meadowcreek Park, 1400 Uhl Road.  DeSoto and Lancaster residents are invited to bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and come on out to Meadowcreek Park.
Gates will open at 4 pm and the festivities begin at 6pm with live performances by saxophonist and DeSoto favorite, Don Diego followed by 1990’s recording artist, Dru Hill.  Dru Hill is an American singing group whose repertoire includes soul, hip hop soul and gospel music.  Founded in Baltimore, Maryland and active since 1992, Dru Hill recorded seven Top 40 hits, and is best known for the R&B #1 hits “Never Make a Promise”, and “How Deep Is Your Love.”
There will also be lots of carnival-style food available for purchase and free activities for kids.  The fireworks to music spectacular will follow the free Dru Hill concert at 9 pm or as soon as it’s good and dark.
Since this is a free, community event in a city park, city ordinance requires that there be no smoking or alcohol on the premises.  Proper attire is required and we are asking that you leave pets at home due to the large crowd expected.  Use of a mosquito repellent containing DEET is recommended.
There are approximately 3,000 parking spaces available at the park.  Once the parking lots are full, thru traffic will be closed on Uhl Road and patrons will be directed to remote parking at DeSoto High School with free shuttle bus service to and from the event.  To preserve a clear route for emergency vehicles, parking will not be allowed on Blue Bonnet Drive.  Once the fireworks end, traffic leaving the park from the grass parking area will be required to go north on Uhl Road and those on the south side of the park will be required to exit and go south on Uhl Road until the park is cleared.
DeSoto Fire Marshal, Wayne Orr would like to remind everyone that fireworks are not allowed within the city limits of DeSoto.
If you have any questions or would like more information on the show, please call 972 230-9651.