Fireworks, live music, a street fair and parade. Lubbock is getting ready for the largest free festival in Texas. Preparations have begun in Lubbock for the more than 200,000 people expected for this weekend's 4th on Broadway events.
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4th on Broadway volunteers and organizers have been planning this year's festivities since last year. Thursday afternoon they closed two of the lanes on Broadway from University to Avenue Q, to better prepare the area. The lanes will stay closed until the street fair wraps up Saturday.
It literally takes hundreds of volunteers to pull off the largest free festival in Texas. This year Chair person Teresa Vitela says they are expecting more people than ever.
"I think we're going to have record numbers this year just with it being such a long weekend. So I think anywhere from 125,000 to 140,000 at the street fair. And we normally have about 80,000 at the evening concert and I think we'll have close to 100,000 this year," says Vitela.
Teresa says set up for the events is in full swing. "On Broadway between University and Ave Q, we're starting to set up tents, because we still have businesses doing things so in parking lots we're trying to erect as many tents as possible. And we're out in Mackenzie Park right now with a lot going on. We have the International Banner Project going up, we have parks and recs out here doing tons and tons and tons of things."
Crews have been cleaning up the area, spraying for bugs and filling in holes. Security is also of the utmost important for an event of this size. "In 14 years we've never had any horrible thing happen and we don't want to start this year. So we have police out here along with the state guard and the Sheriff's Department so we can keep this safe for everybody," Vitela said.
NewsChannel 11 also spoke with the officer in charge of security. He said they will have an adequate number of officers to ensure everyone's safety throughout the weekend.
As for the fireworks display, not only is it going to be bigger than ever, it's also going to come right at you.
The street fair on Broadway starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. Then at 9 a.m. the parade starts at the Civic Center and travels West on Broadway. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday night at Mackenzie Park with fireworks to follow at dark.
There are dozens of bands lined up to play during the street fair and at the fireworks concert.
"There's a real eclectic mix of music. There is patriotic music naturally then there are all styles from all era's of music from modern to country to the 70's and 80's along with fabulous musicians," says Don Caldwell, Music Producer for the 2004 4th on Broadway.
With more than 200,000 people expected this weekend, you'll need to know about parking. on Saturday. You will need to park on the side streets surrounding Broadway. There will be no shuttle service.
On Sunday, there will be shuttle service starting at 3 p.m. The service is free and you can catch a shuttle at 40th and Avenue A or the Lubbock Civic Center. Also, there will be two $5 parking lots off Broadway near the Mackenzie Park entrance.
Brand new this year is premier seating and parking. $20 per person gets you premiere parking and a seat right behind the sponsor's seating at the concert.