When you come out to enjoy the 4th on Broadway festivities, you expect to see a parade, but beyond all those colorful floats, is massive security.
Broadway festival Executive Director Stephanie Allison says security is important when you have more than 120,000 people in one place. "Fourth on Broadway is on the highest alert. We always have 48 officers. We have about 50 Texas street guards and we're also in contract with the FBI and the city's emergency management," said Allison.
That includes medics as well. During the street festival, 7 blocks of Broadway, between 13th & Main Street, will be blocked off for your safety, from University to Avenue Q.
And as far as parking, don't park in the no parking zones as you'll likely get towed. "There is sufficient parking passed those seven blocks. You will find people parking two or three blocks away and walking up. You'll find people parking at Tech. People parking at Civic Center and walking down," Allison said.
When the sun goes down, Mackenzie Park will have plenty of tight security there too for the Evening Concert and Fireworks Extravaganza and the Red Cross says they'll have a first aid booth set up, just in case.
Remember, you can park at the Civic Center or 40th & Avenue A and catch the bus. No cars will be allowed to park inside Mackenzie Park.