fireworks_by_tim_phillips_with_credit_w640Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week this year and that just means Denton’s hump day will be a Star Studded event!

The best remedy for the mid-week slug is by starting the day off with an energized run (or walking fine, too!).  Finishing the 14th Annual Liberty Run: 5K Run and One-Mile Fun Walk, will surely be an awesome achievement on your “what-you-did-over-the-summer” list.  The run and walk begin at 7:30 a.m. outside North Lakes Recreation Center at 2001 W. Windsor Drive.  Participants can check-in starting at 6:30 a.m. Race T-shirts plus end-of-race snacks and beverages are all included.  Medals will be awarded to the top three 5K male and female finishers in each age group, and all walkers will receive a participation medal.

Online registration is available at through June 30 for $15 per participant. Phone, in-person, and by-mail registration – all ending July 2 at 5 p.m. – are also available for $15 per individual.   (Register early as entry fee is $20 on race day).  Families of three or more living at the same address can register for just $12 per person. Entry forms and race route are available at

The 4th of July Jubilee kicks off in Downtown Denton at 9 a.m. with the Yankee Doodle Parade.  The parade starts in front of Wells Fargo Bank and ends with the formal flag ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall on McKinney.  Live entertainment, carnival, and lots of “good ‘ol fashioned” fun like potato sack races, three-legged races, egg and spoon races, a whipped cream-eating contest, horseshoes, and a water balloon toss round out the Jubilee until noon inside the Civic Center and in Quakertown Park.   A Jubilee bonus for our a Texas-temp  4th    is a mere $1 admission to Denton Water Works Park all afternoon, from 12:00 noon to 6 p.m.

Event details and a parade map are available online at or by calling (940) 349-PARK (7275).

THE 40th ANNUAL KIWANIS FIREWORKS SHOW! It's Denton County's most spectacular night and has been for forty years!  The Denton Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show and Patriotic Celebration has become a Denton tradition since 1973.  This year’s show is on Wednesday, July 4th at historic Fouts Field on the campus of the University of North Texas.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The Holler Time will rock the crowds with their special brand of Country/American/Southern Rock.   Then at 7:45 p.m., Boy Scout Troop 140 will present the colors.  Rand McNalley “Best of the Road” judge Anna Haas will perform “America the Beautiful” followed by the National Anthem and a few other favorite summer tunes by local favorite band, Rivers West.  Holler Time returns to the stage at 8 p.m. and the Fireworks Show will light the Denton sky starting at dark, about 9:15 p.m.

The fireworks show is free thanks to the City of Denton Parks Foundation, many local business corporations, and the University of North Texas.  The public will also have the opportunity to participate when Denton Kiwanis Club members man the "bucket brigade" welcoming donations among the crowd.  Donations go entirely to support the Denton Kiwanis Children's Clinic, a non-profit agency providing free medical, dental, and prescription services to children whose families can afford such care.