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Many 4th on Broadway traditions continue despite fireworks ban

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Celebrate our nation's independence with a parade, live music, food and a street dance at the 2011 4th on Broadway celebration July 3 and July 4 in Lubbock.

Lubbock Apartment Association Street Dance

This year's celebration kicks off with the annual Street Dance at Broadway and Texas Avenue. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.

This year the dance will feature live music from Texas country favorite, Casey Donahew Band, with opening performances by the William Clark Green Band and Hat Trick. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now at all Select-A-Seat outlets and www.selectaseatlubbock.com. Tickets will be available at the gate on the evening of the event.

McDougal Companies Parade

This year's 4th on Broadway Parade will include formal military formations of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard; veterans from all conflicts, fly-bys and the traditional floats from a myriad of civic organizations.

The parade begins down Broadway from Avenue Q towards University Avenue at 9:00 a.m. Families are encouraged to come early to take their place on the sidewalks.

Wells Fargo Street Fair

Immediately after the Parade, the Wells Fargo Street Fair will begin on Broadway from University to Avenue Q.  Folks can taste food from more than 50 delicious food and drink vendors and hear live music from more than 100 artists on nine music stages throughout the day.

Once again, the Street Fair will offer three cantina locations for adults wishing to enjoy cold beer. As always, the Kids' Area will have activities for kids to enjoy. Also returning this year will be the College Baseball Hall of Fame FanFest.

CANCELED- PlainsCapital Bank Evening Concert and Gandy's Fireworks Extravaganza

As a result of the countywide ban on fireworks this year, organizers made the difficult decision to cancel the Evening Concert and Fireworks Extravaganza this year.

"First and foremost, public safety is and will always be Broadway Festivals' first priority. There is high level of concern for a gathering of 50,000+ people essentially sitting on top of kindling in conditions that are so quick to ignite," said Broadway Festivals Board President Phyllis Jones.

"Second, Broadway Festivals prides itself on the quality and variety of entertainment that we are able to provide year after year. This year, Mother Nature has thrown a wrench in the works, and we never want to deliver a sub-par event. "

Jones continued, "To that end, we felt that the only choice we could make was to cancel the Mackenzie Park events for this year."

The 4th on Broadway celebration is the largest free festival in Texas and has been providing delicious food and quality entertainment to the Lubbock community for more than 20 years.

Information provided by Broadway Festivals

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