(This story is from 2022. To see a list of events for July 4, 2023, click here.)
Enjoy a slice of Americana and a Canyon Lake tradition starting at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4 at the 31st Annual 4th of July Parade in Startzville (Canyon Lake), sponsored by Startz Memorial VFW Post 8800, 7755 FM 2673.
FM 2673 in Startzville will close for the duration. The parade is expected to last 1 1/2 hours.
The procession begins on the west side of Startzville and ends on Old Sattler Road near the Tiger Stop Convenience Store, 2106 Old Sattler Rd.
All traffic will be stopped from approximately 9:50 a.m. until the parade ends. Road closures begin at Old Sattler Road near the Tiger Stop and end at the Tom Creek Bridge.
This year’s parade grand marshal is Comal County Sheriff Mark Reynolds. Canyon Lake resident Tripp Marsalis will announce participants as they parade down FM 2673.
Organizers urge parade-goers and participants to think red, white and blue. Entrants are asked to display yellow ribbons.
“There is no particular parade theme for this year so use your imagination,” said the VFW Parade Chairman Tessa Teel. “Just show support for our troops.”
Participants include marching groups, antique auto aficionados, horse-riding groups, individually decorated automobiles, business/political groups and more. Categories include civic, commercial, school/church, individual.
Registration forms will be accepted through Friday. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an entry form or stop by the VFW, 7755 FM 2673 to pick one up. Completed forms can be returned via email or drop-off.
The VFW will serve coffee and donuts for volunteers and entrants starting at 7 a.m. The canteen will open after the parade. Scouts will serve hotdogs with sides for $5 and hamburgers with sides for $7. The public is invited.
Awards will be handed out around 11:30 a.m. on parade day.
Teel thanked the Hill Country Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) for volunteering to coordinate communications up and down the parade route and in the staging area.
“REACT, along with the Sheriff’s Office, Canyon Lake Fire/EMS are the backbone of a safe parade,” she said.
The group has supported Canyon Lake events for over 20 years.
New Braunfels 2022 Old Time 4th of July Patriotic Parade
Join the scouts of New Braunfels for a patriotic parade through downtown New Braunfels.
Parade begins at 9:15 a.m. Monday, July 4.
Scouts will carry 50 individual U.S. flags as they March from N. Castell Avenue to San Antonio Street, left onto W. San Antonio Street, past the plaza, then turn right on N. Seguin Avenue.
A patriotic program with special music is scheduled at the bandstand on Main Plaza following the parade.
Sophienburg Museum and Archives describes the annual event as an “old-fashioned, small-town, very Pollyanna” parade.
“Wear your most star-spangled attire, bring the family and lawn chairs for a grand-old-flag waving celebration,” event organizers posted on social media.