While you’re staying in the Fredericksburg bed & breakfast inns of the Texas Hill Country, don’t miss out on the local 4th of July events.
The charming and historic town of Fredericksburg pulls out all the stops for their 4th of July celebrations. In the great tradition of patriotic small American towns everywhere, local folks work together to make something for the whole community to enjoy. In Fredericksburg, the contributions of loyal sponsors, volunteers donating hours of time and enthusiastic townspeople make for an unforgettable Hill Country Texas Independence Day.
On Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Fredericksburg celebrates with a full day of events:
8:00 am: The day’s 4th of July activities open with the Children’s Parade held at the Fredericksburg Marketplatz, 100 Main Street.
If you want to watch the parade, you’ll want to arrive before the 10 a.m. start to claim a good spot. The 2012 Fredericksburg Independence Day Parade route starts at the Gillespie County Courthouse at 101 W. Main. Except for a U-turn on Washington, the route mostly follows Main Street until it ends at Bowie. Since it pretty much loops around on the same street, the parade runs east and west at the same time which is a terrific way to see a parade!
10:00 am: An aircraft flyover will mark the start of the parade. Enjoy marching bands, a procession of army tanks, red white & blue riders on horseback, shimmering floats and smiles all around. This is truly a great American parade and fun for the whole family!
11:00 am: The Patriotic Program at the Marketplatz begins after the parade is done. Enjoy patriotic tunes by the Sentimental Journey Orchestra. The award-winning Fredericksburg Theater Company will also entertain the crowd with 4th of July-themed performances. During the Patriotic Program, buy your drinks and goodies at the Marketplatz concession stand and the proceeds will support the Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation Foundation.
11:00 am – 6:00 pm: What Texas Independence Day would be complete without a chili contest? For only $5, you can sample the delicious entries at Becker Vineyards‘ Chili Cookoff. At 2:00 p.m., the judges will have the difficult job of selecting the winning chili. While you’re there, you’ll also want to taste Becker Vineyards award-winning Hill Country Texas wines. The vineyard also features three acres of beautiful lavender fields. Sip your wine and enjoy the fragrant view.
The day’s festivities wrap up at Lady Bird Johnson Park just east of the Gillespie County Airport:
7:00 pm: Top Flight, a pop music ensemble of the United States Air Force Band of the West, will play classic rock, R&B, country and other popular music in the Pioneer Pavillion.
Once It’s Dark: Let the show begin! Ooh and ahh to the loud booms and bright lights of the Fredericksburg Fireworks.
After the festivities are over, return to your home away from home at a Texas Hill Country bed and breakfast inn.
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