Go Fourth at Rooney Park


Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. The Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce has a two-day celebration planned for the community at the James Rooney Park, and anticipates a great turnout for the annual event.

The celebration kicks off a day early on Monday, July 3 with a public dance in the park with music by Jerry Hart & The Flatlanders. The dance will go on from 9 p.m. to midnight, so make sure to wear some comfortable dancing shoes.

“I’m ready for it. During the dance there will be vendors out serving food and drinks. You’ve got live music, food, and dancing in the grass – what’s not to love about it?” said Chamber Director Arna McCorkle.

Tuesday, July 4, the Chamber bestows a full day of interactive events. The day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the Paisano Powder Run as vendor booths set up and open across Rooney Park.

At 10 a.m., the Fort Stockton Community Theater (FSCT) and DJ Tristian Barragan will put on an extravagant Opening Ceremony of Frances Scott Key and the Star Spangle Banner.

At 10:30 a.m., there will be the Children Fourth of July Parade, in which the Chamber welcomes children to bring various bikes, tricycles, and battery operated cars.

“The kids can bring their little cars, but no golf carts or four wheelers. Nothing too fast; there’ll be tricycles there, so we don’t want anybody to get hurt,” shared McCorkle

At 10:45 a.m., there will be another event for the children as the Kids Fourth of July Fashion Show makes a dazzling return.

At 11:00 a.m., there will be a sign up for washer-pitching tournament, as well as a three-legged race for both children and parents. If you get hungry before noon, there’s a hot dog eating contest at 11:45 a.m. sponsored by Sawyer & Associates.

At noon, a game of bingo will begin at the Large Community Hall and the washer-pitching tournament will also swing into action at that time. At 12:30 p.m., attendees can observe the Grand Ole Flag & Yankee Doodle Dandy.

At 1:00 p.m., watermelon seeds will hit the ground for the watermelon-eating contest. If you don’t want to enter a contest of eating, at 2:00 p.m. there will be a water balloon contest making a splash.

At 2:30 p.m., the FSCT will hit the stage and put on a Declaration of Independence Skit and a sack race for children will hop along at 3:30.

Karate will be at 3:45 p.m., followed by an ice cream eating contest at 4:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m. attendees can give the Dizzy Bat Race a spin, and the adult fashion show will strut at 6:30 p.m.

A special Karate demonstration will be provided at 7:00 p.m. and then the grand fireworks display will start at 10:30 p.m., sponsored by CVB and the City of Fort Stockton.

“We just want everybody to come have a good time and celebrate the birthday of the most wonderful country in the world. There will be music, food and tons of fun. If it’s hot, please bring sunscreen.” concluded McCorkle.