More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this year's 4th on Broadway celebration, and that means thousands of drivers looking for a place to park. "Broadway is shut down so you will not be able to get to Broadway but you can get pretty close," says Stephanie Allison, Execuive Director of Broadway Festivals.
If you're heading out to the 4th on Broadway parade, make sure you go early. "The biggest crunch time is gonna be before the parard at 9am so that's when it's gonna be the biggest saturation of people," says Allison.
Street parking is available between Ave. Q and University all day. But it is not legal to park anywhere. Lubbock towing companies say be sure and look for the signs. If you're not sure whether or not a business is enforcing no parking, don't take a chance and park somewhere else.
"If an owner calls a tow truck to haul a car away and he has a sign posted they will do that. I would suggest if a business is open with 4th on Broadway and a person really wants to park there depending on the business they might say yes and they might say no," says Pete Pell with Lads Wrecker Service.
If you choose to ride, instead of drive, free bus rides will be provided to Mackenzie Park. Starting at 4 p.m., you can catch a ride with Durham Transporation Services. You can park free at 40th and Ave A or the Civic Center and the buses will take you to the park. The buses run until 9:30 p.m. and start back up again after the fireworks show is over. But there are a few rules to keep in mind.
"We just ask that if they bring anything on that it fits in their lap we don't want any huge ice chests or huge strollers or barbeque grills no alcohol, or smoking on buses," says Randi Bullad with Durham Transportation.
Keep in mind if you're riding a bus to Mackenzie park, be prepared, they will not have air conditioning on board. Free rides for the handicapped will be provided across from Mackenzie Park on Broadway during the same hours. Those buses however do have air conditioning.