All-New Viewing Locations for 2019!
Celebrate the red, white and blue at the City of Grapevine’s 37th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a free, festive 30-minute fireworks spectacular. Set to patriotic music, the show is the perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday. The show begins at 9:30pm.
Due to remaining elevated lake levels at Grapevine Lake, the launch location has been relocated this year with public safety as our priority. The new launch location will be near Great Wolf Lodge, allowing spectators to view the show from many public parking lots throughout Grapevine.
LIMITED FIREWORKS VISIBILITY FROM ALL GRAPEVINE LAKE PARKS: There will be limited to no visibility of the July 4th fireworks from the Grapevine Lake Parks. Rockledge Park has been fully reopened but will offer limited fireworks visibility. Katie’s Woods and Oak Grove Parks have been reopened, however, there will be very limited visibility and space (with picnic areas still under water).
All City managed boat ramps will be CLOSED on July 4.
A map of public parking locations is available at bit.ly/2YoMuJe. Necessary street closures (9pm-10:30pm) for the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza may be viewed at bit.ly/2FO8UfT. The music that accompanies the show is available at GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us to you!
By Renee Yan
The holiday season ushers in a host of Christmas-oriented events in the community.
Friday, Dec. 7:
1. Christmas preparations in Grapevine
Families and friends can help Nash Farm get ready for the holidays by making ornaments and decorating the tree while enjoying cider and cookies. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. sessions. $3 per person. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3558. www.nashfarm.org
Saturday, Dec. 8:
2. Holiday open house in Southlake
The Southlake Public Library hosts a holiday open house event, featuring a jazz concert, craft activities and food. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817-748-8243. www.cityofsouthlake.com/93/Library
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Photo: Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
Bring the entire family TONIGHT from 7 – 9 pm to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.
The Grapevine Chamber and City of Grapevine, with the support of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, work together to create the Annual Grapevine Parade of Lights.
For more information, call (817) 481-1522 or send an email.
Please refer to the map below for parade route and parking information.
If you didn’t already know, Grapevine is called “The Christmas Capital of Texas.” Here’s why:
(Photos by Stacey Doud)
For more information, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/.
By Stacey Doud, Editor-in-Chief
I have been called “grinchy,” a “party pooper” and a “complete holiday ruiner,” but I don’t even care. I HATE the holidays. “Why?” you ask? Let me tell you, my patient readers.
I’m not trying to sway anyone to my way of thinking or to ruin anyone’s holidays. If you don’t want to read a grinchy post, then please move on. But here are my complaints:
- Christmas, which is supposed to celebrate the birth of Christ (even though “they” got the time of year wrong), has turned into a frenzied ball of materialism. I overheard a conversation in a grocery store recently between an adult and a child of about 10 or 12 (I don’t know how they were affiliated…babysitter, aunt, whatever). The child was talking about going to visit her grandparents on Christmas Day. “I’m just gonna go for an hour or two just to eat and get my presents,” the young lady said. It took everything in me not to go over to them and freak out. Is this what Christmas has come to?
- I do NOT need to be bombarded with Christmas carols and decorations from September – December. This just reinforces point one above. Can I please go Trick-or-Treating and celebrate Thanksgiving before you stuff your shiny Christmas balls down my throat? Please?
- Sometimes, family gatherings just suck. Some families don’t get along that well. They would never pick each other to be in their lives if it wasn’t for that blood connection. Yet, if you don’t go spend time with your family, then you suck as bad as your family dynamics. Why get together with people you don’t even like? Sure, someone gets drunk and there’s drama and that can be fun, but mostly, it bites.
- Food, food, food. You or someone you may care a little about slaves away for hours (or days, for that matter) to make a beautiful meal for family and friends. Those piglets come in for 10 minutes, shovel food down their faces and then go watch football or take a nap. Yay you, for working so hard. And then you have to clean everything up after that.
- Gifts: If I get you a $50 gift card and you get me a $50 gift card, then how stupid are we?? I know there are people that put lots of thought into gifts and I’m not talking about you. I’m speaking to my kinfolk (the lazy people). Why not just forgo exchanging gifts with adults and just get stuff for the kids while they still think Christmas is fun?
- Decorations: Yeah, let’s spend hours and tons of money on decorations that will be up for six weeks max! YAY!! Go on vacation instead. It will probably cost about the same.
Decorations or THIS? Hmmm…
Yes, I am grinchy. Hopefully, you are not and think I just need a good massage, therapy, psychotropic drugs or something. But if you’re as green and furry as I am, then you feel me.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and Happy Diwali. If I forgot your religious celebration, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But seriously, THANK YOU for reading. We appreciate each and every one of you and wish you the happiest of holidays!
From Us to You…
By Miranda Jaimes
The Haunted Trail Fest has been canceled due to bad weather. (Courtesy City of Colleyville)
The city of Colleyville has canceled its Haunted Trail Fest after recent rains this week flooded the park at the Colleyville Nature Center. The event was scheduled for Oct. 20.
A statement on the city’s website said there was a concern the weather would affect the featured robotic characters and therefore the participants’ safety during the event.
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By Miranda Jaimes
Oct. 19—Nash Farm Barn Dance: www.grapevinetexasusa.com/event/nash-farm-barn-dance/20737
Oct. 20—Butterfly Flutterby: www.grapevinetexasusa.com/events/butterfly-flutterby
Oct. 21—Firebird Family: concertwww.apexartsleague.com
The annual Monster Mash event in Southlake will feature a costume parade and trick-or-treating. (Courtesy Southlake Parks and Recreation Department)
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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be joining law enforcement efforts from across the state to increase traffic enforcement during the Labor Day holiday weekend. From Friday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 3, DPS Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate traffic laws, including impaired drivers, speeders and safety belt violators.
“DPS is committed to protecting travelers on our roadways, and Troopers will be working around-the-clock this Labor Day weekend to keep impaired and dangerous drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are urging all drivers to do their part to keep our roads safe by simply obeying Texas traffic laws and driving courteously.”
DPS offers drivers the following tips for enhancing safety on our roads during the Labor Day holiday:
- Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
- Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
- Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
- Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
- Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
- Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
- Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit https://drivetexas.org.
As part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), police agencies across the country will also increase enforcement efforts over the Labor Day holiday weekend.