LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Currently, Broadway from Avenue Q to University is closed, along with several streets downtown -- all in preparation for our nation's birthday celebration.
The 4th on Broadway festivities officially kick off Friday evening with the street dance outside the Lubbock County Courthouse. The stage is set and gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the show start at 8 p.m. with several bands taking the stage. Organizers expect around 3,000 people down here Friday to help kick off the 4th on Broadway festivities.
Headlining the street dance event is the Josh Abbott Band, and we had a chance to catch up with lead singer Josh Abbott right after he finished his sound check. Here's what he had to say about being playing for a home crowd. "It's always fun for us to play here. We have roots. I'm from Idalou and some of my band is from Sweetwater and Seminole. So when we get to play in Lubbock its neat, because our family and friends are here. It's always a good time - Raider nation!" said Josh Abbot.
Tickets for the concert Friday are $10 dollars and if you don't have one yet you can get it down at the gates. If you do plan on heading downtown, there are a few road closures you need to know about: 10th & Texas, 13th & Texas is blocked to northbound traffic; Main & Avenue J is closed in both directions; and westbound Broadway at Buddy Holly Avenue is closed as well.
Local law enforcement wants everyone who sits behind the wheel to take extra precautions this holiday weekend. "Be extra careful with traffic - there's going to be a lot of traffic around. And if alcohol is available, be cautious with drinking and driving. Be wise and designate a driver," said Cpl. John Gonzalez, DPS.
Corporal Gonzalez also wants to emphasize the importance of buckling your seat belt.
If you are driving downtown Friday, Lubbock police and organizers say park wherever you can find a legal spot. Broadway from Avenue Q to University is already closed so folks can set up for the parade, which starts Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The parade route starts at the Civic Center, heads south on Avenue M where the floats will turn right onto Broadway, and head west crossing Avenue Q, then turn north on Akron and end up at Jones AT&T Stadium.
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4th on Broadway Festivities