Seguin's Independence Day Celebration
One of Seguin's biggest traditions is the annual Independence Day Celebration. Thousands of residents and visitors particpate in the festivities and pay homeage to the sacrifices made by the man and women in the Armed Forces.
Thanks to the combined efforts of several organizations, Seguin is well-known for our great Fourth of July celebration. Starting in the days leading up to Independence Day and capping off with a spectacular fireworks show, this year’s festivities will offer another memorable and enjoyable experience for the entire family.
Flag raising ceremony, Central Park, 9 a.m.
The City of Seguin’s official July Fourth festivities begin with a flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. in Central Park. Music, speakers, pomp and circumstance will remind attendees of the significance of the day.
Parade, Austin Street, 10 a.m.
2015 Parade Applications can be found here. For assistance with or questions about the parade application, please call (830) 401-5000.
Crowds of flag-waving people will line Austin Street for the annual Biggest Small-Town Parade in Texas at 10 a.m. The exact year this event started is unknown, but each year this celebration gets bigger and better! Past crowd estimates have exceeded 10,000. There will be more than a hundred parade entries including floats from local businesses, elected officials, churches, schools, military representatives, and more.
The City of Seguin asks parade attendees to not block parade route sidewalks with chairs and other items until the morning of the event. To allow for the best parade viewing experience, drivers are asked to not park along the parade route, which includes Austin Street from East Weinert to Nelda Street.
“Blocking sidewalks by setting out chairs in advance is a safety issue,” Seguin Public Information Officer Scott Packard said. “The sidewalks need to be clear prior to the morning of the parade so that pedestrians can safely cross at intersections and not be forced to walk in the streets.”
Items blocking sidewalks prior to the morning of the parade may be removed by city crews. Reserving a spot is fine, just be sure doing so prior to the parade does not block the sidewalk.
For the convenience of those enjoying the parade and downtown activities, portable toilets will be provided at several locations:
• 1111 N. Austin Street (parking lot)
• 1002 N. Austin Street (parking lot by trees bordering Blumberg Street)
• Central Fire Station – 110 E. Elm Street
• Seguin Public Library – 707 E. College Street
• Texas Theater – 727 N. Austin Street (rear parking lot)
• Southeast corner of Washington and Austin (parking lot)
• 742 S. Austin (vacant lot)
• Eagle Rentals – 315 Loop 123 South (parking lot)
• SISD lot – corner of N. River and E. Krezdorn by Mary B. School
Fireworks, Max Starcke Park Golf Course, 9:30 p.m.
At dusk, the sky over the golf course at Max Starcke Park will be lit up with a colorful and patriotic fireworks display. The July Fourth Fireworks Fiesta is presented by H-E-B with additional sponsorship from Caterpillar.
“The best spot to watch the fireworks is Max Starcke Park East,” Seguin Parks and Recreation Director Jack Jones said. “Families can bring a picnic, chairs and blankets to sit on and enjoy the great show.”
Smokey Joe Williams Field and the surrounding softball fields will be open as viewing areas during the fireworks show. The fields are located off Nelda Road. The City of Seguin suggests using the bleachers or outfields for the best viewing experience.
The greens at Max Starcke Park Golf Course will be roped off during the July Fourth Fireworks Fiesta. The City of Seguin asks people to stay off the greens, sand traps and roped off areas during the fireworks to protect the areas from damage.
The July Fourth Fireworks Fiesta is Seguin's biggest party of the year and friends, neighbors and visitors are encouraged to join in the fun. For more information go www.visitseguin.comor go to the City of Seguin web site at http://www.seguintexas.gov
More to Do on the Fourth of July
The party starts on Friday evening with Freedom Fiesta hosted by KWED1580 on July 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The event includes a kiddie parade, food booths, craft vendors, games for kids, and live entertainment. This annual event is a true community party with thousands of people out enjoying an evening of festivities and celebrating America's birthday. For more informaiton on Freedom Fiesta visit http://www.seguintoday.com or call KWED at (830) 379-2234.
The Oak Tavern is also a place for Seguinites and Seguinites returning home for the holiday to gather on July 3. Hundreds of people meet at the longest running beer joint in Texas to catch up.
Looking for something to do between the parade and the fireworks? Both Seguin Brewing Company and Blue Lotus Winery have the answer. Seguin Brewing Company will have brewery tours and their tasting room open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The brewery is located at 320 Beicker Road. For more info, visit http://www.seguinbrewing.com/events. Blue Lotus Winery located at 5151 FM 20 will have wine and mead tastings, entertainment from Dirty River Dixie Band, and free hamburgers and hotdogs while supplies last. Celebrate Independence Day at the winery from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 4. For more information, contact Blue Lotus at (830) 379-WINE.
For more information of Seguin's Fourth of July events, call the Main Street Program at 830-401-2448.
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