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Celebrate 4th of July With Local Events

Lexington: 2nd Annual Horseless Playday Before Fireworks

The Lee County Texas Stars 4-H Horse Club will be hosting the 2nd Annual Horseless Playday as part of the July 4th activities at the Lexington Park. Sign up starts at 7 p.m. and the events begin at 7:30 p.m.

Children and adults are welcome to participate in the Stick Horse Barrel race, Stick Horse/Water Pole race, and the Boot Race.There is no entry fee, but donations are welcome. Concessions will be available at the park.

The annual fireworks show is scheduled at the park following the Horseless Playday.

Elgin: Push, Pull, Pedal Parade

Saturday, July 4, 2009 the City of Elgin will host the Annual 4th of July Celebration. The Push, Pull, Pedal Peoples' parade begins at 10 a.m. at Elgin City Hall, 310 North Main Street.

Bicycles, wagons, skateboards, strollers, horses and people come with four legged friends, some with their favorite birds, walk from City Hall through historic downtown Elgin to Veteran's Memorial Park.

The parade concludes with a short patriotic program at the gazebo. In honor of those who are serving in the Armed Forces, family member and friends are invited to tie yellow ribbons around the trees in Veterans' Memorial Park. Friends of Elgin Parks will be selling drinks, hotdogs and summertime treats.

The Push, Pull, Pedal People's parade begins at 10 a.m. Parade check in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of City Hall with line-up in the City Hall Parking lot at 8:45 a.m. for judging by a panel of three expert, impartial judges. Families, sports groups, individuals, churches and service clubs are all welcome to march in the parade. Additionally, all pets are welcome as long as they are on a leash. (Please bring your pooper scooper too!) For more information about 4th of July events or summer recreation opportunities, please visit www.elginpard.com or contact Parks & Community Development Department at (512) 281- 5724 or ewest@ci.elgintx.us.

Round Top: 159th Annual Independence Day Celebration

Round Top is one of the most fascinating "big" little towns in Texas. Fascinating because of its German history and heritage. Fascinating because of its blend of old and new. And as always, fascinating because of its people, even though the town itself boasts a population of only 77.

They do July 4th right in Round Top, the little town nestled in beautiful hills of Texas northeast of La Grange.

The 159th Annual Round Top Independence Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. with speeches and welcoming addresses on the town square, including appearances by elected officials. While everybody enjoys a little politic'n on the 4th, the Civil War era Courthouse cannon will keep it short by announcing the start of the big parade at 10:30, with more than 125 entries. The parade includes decorated floats, antique cars and tractors, dignitaries, horse back riders and wagons, and of course the Round Top Brass Band.

The Parade will make its way to the historic Rifle Association Hall, where a delicious BBQ meal and cold drinks await those in the know. The Round Top Brass Band will perform during the afternoon, and this year will be joined by a large group of local musicians in jam session style.

The antique tractor and old engine show will be found scattered under the oak trees near the BBQ pits. Take time out to admire these old engineering wonders, and don't forget to try your luck at the adjacent cake walk.

The dance starts at 4 p.m. in the air-conditioned Rifle Association Hall with music by the Donny Wavra Band. The Rifle Association Hall has a good wood dance floor.

All outdoor activities are free. There is an admission for the dance. For more information about the events and parade entries contact the Round Top Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-368-4783 or Round Top State Bank 979-249-3151.

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