With the Fourth of July right around the corner, the annual Midlothian parade and fireworks show aims to amaze the surrounding residents for the eighth year in a row. 

The parade is set to take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, beginning at the 8th Street bridge, moving through the historic downtown and finally ending near Kimmel Park and Overlook Drive. The wet zone, where participants on the floats will spray attendees with water guns, will be on the west side of 8th Street, across from Heritage Park. The parade will total out to be 1.1 miles and will present many decorated floats.

In addition, attendees are welcome to enjoy the downtown farmer’s market during the parade.

“Spectators can participate in the Midlothian Market in Heritage Park,” said Gina Moore, City of Midlothian Special Events Coordinator. “There will be crafts, vendors and food between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.”

Sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Health, Wells Fargo, Waxahachie Autoplex and the City of Midlothian, the parade will feature a new grand marshal in John Hudson. 

“He is the KLTY co-host radio personality in the morning,” Moore said. “He’s a Midlothian resident, and is honored to do the grand marshal duties, which do include choosing one of the awards – the grand marshal award.”

There are many other awards to be handed out after the parade to appreciate the many participants and businesses attending. Along with the grand marshal award, other awards include the best-decorated entry for motorized and non-motorized floats and best-decorated downtown business. The awards will be decided by staff and the park board.

“We also have the judge’s choice award, which is actually our city mayor,” Moore explained. “He views the units and chooses who judges the award.”

If the parade fails to fulfill those Fourth of July cravings, don’t worry — there’s still another opportunity to celebrate with the community. Just three days later is the annual fireworks show at 9:15 p.m Tuesday, July. The show is sponsored by the City of Midlothian, Citizens National Bank of Texas and Midlothian Economic Development Corporation. 

“The firing side is just north of the MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium,” Moore said. “The stadium itself is not available, but the parking lot is open to the public and opens at 6 p.m.”

In case of bad weather, the rain-out date is Thursday, July 5. The theme this year is Sweet Land of Liberty.