Fourth brings variety of eventsFood, fun and fireworks will ring in the celebrations

Lots of events are scheduled to celebrate this country with the Fourth of July less than a week away.
Everything from a parade through Odessa to a number of musical and food celebrations are offered. Just get out, bring the sunscreen and load up on all that is red, white and blue. Area cities have a number of events scheduled as well.
Here are some offerings:


Odessa Jaycees’ 70th annual Independence Celebration Parade has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon July 4. The parade route will start at Odessa College and travel south down Andrews Highway and Grant Street to Ninth Street. For more information, visit the Odessa Jaycees’ Facebook Page at
The American Legion – Earl S. Bailey Post 430, 2701 E. Eighth St., has scheduled a Fourth of July Veterans Celebration for veterans and their families from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 4. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings, face painting, balloons, games and more.
The 24th annual Firecracker Fandango, a free Independence Day festival, has been scheduled July 4 in downtown Odessa. Festivities will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Grant Avenue, between Second and Fifth Streets. The family-friendly event features live music, free activities for kids, food trucks, a classic car show, a huge fireworks display and more. Visit
The Copper Rose Building, 415 N. Grant Ave., has scheduled an Independence Day “Celebrate Freedom” Party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 4. There will be lots of food, fun and live entertainment. Admission is free. Visit


The 2019 Freedom Run has been scheduled from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. July 4 at First Baptist Church, 2104 W. Louisiana Ave., Midland. Late registration and packet pick-up will be from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. The 10K race begins at 7 a.m. The 5K race begins at 7:05 a.m. The Freedom Run benefits the Midland Municipal Employee Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for City of Midland employee dependents that are attending college. Race packets can also be picked up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 3 at Midland Athletic Company, 3326 N. Midkiff Road, Midland. Visit or
The 2019 Star-Spangled Salute, a celebration of community and patriotism, has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4 at Hogan Park, 1201 E. Wadley Ave., Midland. There will be food vendors, a children’s sidewalk parade, a family fun zone, a beer garden for adults, a variety of concerts and fireworks. Admission is free. Visit
The Midland Texas Democratic Party has scheduled a Fourth of July picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 4 at the Beal Park Clubhouse, 5200 W. Wall St., Midland. There will be plenty of hamburgers and hotdogs, and loads of side dishes. Guest speaker will be Billy Johnson. Invite your liberal friends. Visit


The 50th annual Fourth of July Celebration has been scheduled starting at 10 a.m. July 4 at Pioneer Park, 200 Mustang Drive, Andrews.

  • 10 a.m.: Turtle races and tournaments begin. Call to register your teams for horseshoes, washers and 3-on-3 basketball.
  • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.: free swimming at Andrews Splash Park.
  • 1 p.m.: Porter’s Thriftway Watermelon Eating Contest.
  • 2 p.m.: Buddy’s Drive-In Pie Eating Contest.
  • Dusk: Fireworks at the ACE Arena parking lot (no personal fireworks allowed).

There will be vendor booths, food and free activities for the whole family all day.
For more information, call 432-523-2695 or visit
An All American Street Dance and Fireworks Show has been scheduled from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 6 in the home side parking lot of the Andrews High School stadium, 1400 NW Ave. K, Andrews. Bring your BBQ pits and tailgate. There will be live music by the Electric Cowboys (Grupo Vida) before the fireworks display at dusk. No personal fireworks are allowed. Visit


Chaos Fastpitch has scheduled a Corn Hole tournament at 5 p.m. July 4 at the Crane County Park, South Katherine Street and West Sixth Street, Crane. Warm up starts at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $50 per team. Call 432-634-2458 or 432-634-3321 or email


The Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the annual Fourth of July celebration July 3-4 at James Rooney Memorial Park, 401 Spring Drive, Fort Stockton.

  • July 3: 9 p.m. to midnight, Dance to Funky Munky.
  • July 4: 8:30 a.m., Paisano Powder Run; 10 a.m., opening ceremony, vendor booths open; 10:30 a.m., Miss Sparkler Pageant (newborn to 2 years); 11 a.m., Miss Firecracker Pageant (ages 3-4); 11:30 a.m., three legged race contest for parents and kids; 11:45 a.m., hot dog eating contest; noon, bingo in the large community hall; 12:30 p.m., Miss Stars ‘N Stripes Pageant (ages 5-6); 1 p.m., watermelon eating contest; 2 p.m., water balloon contest; 2:30 p.m., Miss Liberty Pageant (ages 7-8); 3 p.m., sack races for kids; 3:45 p.m., ice cream eating contest; 4:30 p.m., Miss Independence Pageant (ages 9-10); 5 p.m., dizzy bat race; 6:30 p.m., Miss Fourth of July Pageant (ages 11-14); 8 p.m., pageant winners announced; after dark, fireworks.



The annual Freedom Festival has been scheduled starting at 9 a.m. July 4 at Hill Park, 500 S. Allen Ave., Monahans. There will be a parade, vendor booths, food, music, water balloons, turtle races, fireworks after dark, and more. Visit