Crape Myrtle Festival and fireworks begin July 3

WAXAHACHIE — Join the city of Waxahachie for a flower-filled 4th of July celebration with crape myrtles in full bloom during the 18th Annual Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade. The theme for this year’s festival is Pink Petals & Patriotism.

The patriotic celebration will begin on Friday, July 3, at 5 p.m. with the InterBank Tailgate Party at the Waxahachie Sports Complex on Broadhead Rd. This year, guests will enjoy a concert by FastLane – a Tribute to the Eagles at 7 p.m. sponsored by Carlisle Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

Following the concert will be the spectacular H-E-B fireworks display at 9 p.m. KBEC 1390 Classic Texas will be broadcasting LIVE during the event and will simulcast patriotic music during the fireworks. Other festivities include a children’s area, food vendors and more. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and their barbecue grill to cookout.

On July 4, the celebration will continue at 10 a.m. with a hometown parade. The parade will start at College Street, head west on Main Street and end in Getzendaner Park.

After the parade, Remedy Church will host a Picnic in the Park in Getzendaner Park for families along with free hotdogs, water, old fashioned games and bounce house. Click here for more picnic information.

In 1997, the Texas State Legislature designated Waxahachie as the “Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas.” Each summer, the city’s historic streets are lined with hundreds of beautiful crape myrtles in full bloom.

The Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade are FREE to the public. Other sponsors include the Crape Myrtle Council, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Waxahachie.

For more information on the festival, call the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce at 972-937-2390 or visit