The annual Sertoma July Fourth Parade, jalapeno pepper eating contest sponsored by Randalls, Sam Bass Shootout, carnival rides, Sertoma Rubber Duck races, skydivers and fireworks sponsored by HEB are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July 4th Frontier Days Celebration and Parade (Please see entire schedule at www.roundrocktexas.gov/july4). Along with help from Round Rock Sertoma Club, who are spearheading the parade, the City of Round Rock and Frontier Days Team have scheduled a day of fun for the entire family.
Kicking off the Frontier Days Celebration is the annual Sertoma July Fourth Parade. The parade begins on North Brown Street, heads through Downtown and ends at North Georgetown Street. The parade has become one of Round Rock’s signature events. Last year alone, more than 2,000 people took part in the parade with over 20,000 people watching.
The parade will begin at 10:00 am and includes live commentary by FOX 7 News Sports Anchor and Reporter Dennis de la Pena and the Parks and Recreation Marketing and Communications Team. The parade will feature community groups, local businesses, City Council Members, Round Rock Police and Fire Departments and more. Round Rock is very excited to welcome more than 350 soldiers from Fort Hood and their families into Round Rock as they join the parade and other festivities.
Right after the Parade, the Parks and Recreation Department will host the FREE ACTIVITY ZONE in Prete Main Street Plaza featuring a Caricature Artist, Face Painters and Balloon Twisters.
Guests are invited to Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., for the Frontier Days Celebration beginning at 12:00 noon to enjoy vendor booths, a pepper eating contest, skydivers, rubber duck races, Swifty Swine Pig Races, carnival rides, culinary delights and reenactments of the historic Sam Bass Shootout. The festivities will also include a petting zoo and pony rides.
The Sam Bass Shootout is a live, historical reenactment of the infamous story of Sam Bass and his gang, Deputy Sheriff A.W. Grimes and Deputy Sheriff Morris Moore. The live show tells the story of the “Sam Bass Gang” arriving in Round Rock with intentions to rob the bank and the resulting confrontation between Sam Bass and Sheriff A.W. Grimes. This presentation includes live horses, live ammunition (blanks), and stunts performed by trained actors and stuntmen.
Independence Day celebrations will begin at 7:00 pm with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion served by the Round Rock City Council and the Parks & Recreation Department.
At 8:00 pm, Mayor Alan McGraw will skydive into the festival! The City will provide LIVE coverage inside the plane and during the landing via Facebook LIVE. The live feed will begin at 7:55 pm inside the plane and will conclude upon landing. Residents can view the Facebook Live feed via their smart phones at the park or at home by logging on to the Parks and Recreation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/roundrockparksandrec. The LIVE coverage of the jump will also be projected to Park and Recreation’s new Mobile Events Unit featuring two 60’ flat screen TVs.
The HEB fireworks display will begin after dark with continued accompaniment from the Austin Symphonic Band. Immediately following the fireworks, there will be a showing of “Jurassic World” as part of the Movies in the Park program.
Entry into the festival is free. A wide variety of food vendors will be available for guest enjoyment and refreshment (don’t forget the water) and a ticket booth will be set up outside the carnival area for your convenience.
This event is made possible by the following organizations: HEB, KASE 101 Radio, FOX 7 News and Randalls Market. The event schedule is subject to change. Visit www.RoundRockFrontierDays.com for more information. For the safety of all guests, no pets are permitted at the celebration.