Lubbockites celebrate at 4th on Broadway - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/4/09

Lubbockites celebrate at 4th on Broadway

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thousands of Lubbockites lined the streets of downtown Saturday for the 4th on Broadway celebration. Floats, horses, and even lawnmowers made their way down Broadway to celebrate America in the 4th on Broadway Parade.

Organizers bill the event as the largest free festival in Texas with a parade, a street fair, live music, and fireworks. It's the 19th annual 4th on Broadway, but it's Matthew Killingsworth's first. He went to the parade with a mission. "Candy!!!" he shouted. 

"We told him he was coming to a parade. He didn't quite get it, and he woke up this morning and asked if it was his birthday, and I told him it wasn't, but he knew he was going to get candy so he was excited about that," said his mother, Kendra Killingsworth. 

At first, Matthew stood back, but it wasn't long before he learned what you have to do to rake in the cookies, Sweet Tarts, and Tootsie Pops. He squeezed up to the front line, waved his flag, and reaped the rewards. As he watched the magic of the 4th of July unfold in front of him, he couldn't help but dance with excitement, and he hasn't even seen the fireworks yet. "It's fun seeing everything through their eyes. It's just new and fresh and exciting," said Kendra. 

Following the parade, Broadway transformed into a street fair. Booths selling funnel cake and corn dogs of lined both sides of the street. Kids enjoyed themselves in the play area, and live music played on several stages set up throughout the festival.

The evening concert at Mackenzie Park, featuring Richie McDonald and David Gashen starts at 7:15.  As soon as it gets dark, weather permitting, they will start the fireworks show.

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4th on Broadway schedule of events
Celebrate our nation's independence with a parade, live music, food and most importantly fireworks at the 2009 4th on Broadway Festival.

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