Perry’s Fourth of July celebration promises more fireworks through a new operator, a drum corps for the parade and a later performance, as well as an orchestra playing big band Tunes.

"People will see a new fireworks display this year," said Chamber Director Bob Wilson. "We are using General Pyrotechnics, which will be setting the fireworks to music. Also, all the fireworks will be aerial. Last year there were some on the ground."

This year the Chamber, which hosts the celebration, took bids on the fireworks display. "This guy gave us more bang for our buck, and he’s from Adel," Wilson said. The display should also last longer.

An addition to the parade is the Sheltered Reality, a drum corps out of Des Moines. The group also will be performing later on the stage at Pattee Park. Also appearing on the stage will be the Al Welsh Orchestra playing big band tunes. "These guys are semi-local and well-liked," Wilson said.

The Chamber is still lining up the parade, and anyone who wants to can join in. People simply have to show up with their parade entry at 9 a.m. July 4 at East Perry Plaza. "We just ask that if there is a big float involved that the people give the Chamber a heads up," Wilson said.

There are a few rules, however, such as not allowing water balloons and water guns to be used by people taking part in the parade. Candy may still be "gently tossed" from the parade participants.

"We expect a parade that is several blocks long," Wilson said.

July 4 Schedule of Events

East Perry Plaza

9 a.m. parade lineup 10 a.m. parade begins, goes west on Willis Avenue

Pattee Park Bandshell

Noon to 2 p.m. Al Welch Orchestra

3-4 p.m. Sheltered Reality

6:30-10 p.m. Sons of Gladys Kravits

Pattee Park

Food and craft Vendors All Day

Kid’s activities

Water balloon and water fights

First United Methodist Church

2 p.m. Ice Cream Social

Music by Pianist Bob Lien

Concert of ragtime and patriotic music

While Perry has lots of great festivities, Minburn is well-known for its July Fourth Celebration as well.

Events planned in Minburn are July 3 and 4.

On July 3 Friends of the library have a food stand from 5:30 to 7:30; there is a children’s scavenger hunt at 6 p.m. at Meeks Park and the band "The Fog" plays from 7-10 p.m. at the stage.

On July 4, festivities begin with coffee and rolls served by the Minburn United Methodist Church beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continue with a parade at 9 a.m.

There also old-fashioned family games at Rogers Park. Horseshoes will begin at 11:30 a.m. and gladiator jousts will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Other activities include an all-wheels show, bingo, pine wood derby races, a puppet show, a caricaturist and finally fireworks at the ball field at dusk. There also is an open house for alumni of Central Dallas class of 1963 from 2-5 p.m.