ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Crowds lined East Main Street in downtown Round Rock for the annual parade. Marching to the beat of freedom, more than 150 soldiers from Fort Hood joined in this year.
Heat exhaustion momentarily paused this parade. Williamson county EMS helped a vet on a float who fell over, but festivities continued. From the parade, the party moved to Old Settlers Park for Old Frontier Days.
From tap dancing to a petting zoo, to lots of food and music, kids stay entertained while they wait for the main event: FIREWORKS!
"Tonight you get to do fireworks. And it's always fun to watch fireworks," says an excited Jade Erveino, age 7.
We celebrate with festivals, sales, fireworks and balloon animals. But the 4th of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Veteran Mike Parker, who served in the Marine Corp in Vietnam, says he thinks everybody kind of takes that document for granted. But he says this Round Round Frontier Days is a great way to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy.
"It reminds us as veterans how of the times we were overseas being shot at, so it's very meaningful," said Parker. He says vets are thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy this day.
Round Rock City Council members are going to serve free watermelon at 7:00 p.m. Then skydivers will fly into the fun. Fireworks will go off after the Round Rock Express game.