Burleson Fourth of July parade, concert and fireworks
Incognito, a rock band, is the headliner for the city’s free Independence Day concert and fireworks show on Wednesday, July 4. The celebration takes place at Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex, 500 W. Hidden Creek Pkwy. The gates will open at 5 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks at approximately 9:20 p.m.
The day’s celebration starts at 9 a.m. on July 4 with the Burleson Lions Club’s 14th annual Independence Day Parade. The parade route starts at Kerr Middle School and winds from Irene Street to Gregory Street, Johnson Avenue, Ellison Street, Warren Street, Gregory Street, and back to Irene.
Residential streets around the parade staging area (Lena Lane, Irene, Dian Street, Gregory) will be closed starting at 6:30 a.m. on July 4. Johnson Avenue, between Gardens Boulevard and Renfro Street - including all side streets along the entire parade route - will be closed between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. If you are within the parade route and need to get out for an emergency, go to the intersection of Miller and Warren streets and police officers will assist you.
The fun continues into the night with the 90-minute concert by Incognito, followed by the fireworks show choreographed to patriotic music.
This is the eighth year in a row that Chisenhall Fields will play host to the city’s Independence Day Celebration concert and fireworks show. The City stage will be set up in the field just to the right of the arched entrance to the sports complex. Incognito will perform until the lights go down to signal the start of the fireworks show, after 9:20 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to sit on the field surrounding the stage, in the bleachers or on most of the fields throughout the park. The concession stand will be open but patrons may also bring a picnic and beverages. No alcohol, glass bottles, or pets. Tents or canopies/pop-ups are not allowed on the multipurpose field (where the stage is), they are allowed outside of that field. Fireworks, including sparklers, are also not permitted. No outside vendors are allowed within the park.
In order to protect the safety of the pedestrians and those driving into the sports complex, the city will close Hidden Creek Parkway at SE Gardens Boulevard between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Traffic on Gardens Boulevard will be required to turn right (west) onto Hidden Creek Parkway. Advanced warning signs regarding the closures will be posted at Gardens and Irene and at Schumacher and Irene. No later than 9 p.m. Hidden Creek Parkway will be closed to through traffic at Irene Street. You can enter Chisenhall Fields Complex at the entrance near the Hidden Creek/Irene Street intersection and at the main arched entrance on Hidden Creek. Once the lot fills up, only the arched entrance will be open. No off-road parking is allowed at Bailey Lake.
The sports complex will have additional spots marked for handicapped parking. Once the parking lot is full no other vehicles will be allowed in the park. When the event is over and vehicles start leaving the complex, for safety reasons, no vehicles will be allowed to enter the complex for approximately 30-40 minutes so that pedestrians and vehicles can clear the park. Those picking up people from the celebration will be allowed into the complex once the majority of vehicles are clear.
Once the fireworks show ends and traffic begins to leave the park, drivers may turn right, only (towards I-35W), out of the Chisenhall Fields main arched entrance on to Hidden Creek. Drivers may turn left, only, out of the entrance closest to Irene Street. That left turn takes drivers toward the Irene Street intersection and Hwy. 174/Wilshire Boulevard. If you are on Irene Street heading southwest toward Hidden Creek Parkway, Irene will be closed to through traffic at the intersection with Garrett Street, detouring traffic right to Meador Lane then left to Lisa Street then left to Hidden Creek and finally right to Wilshire Boulevard.
There are more than 600 parking spaces at Chisenhall Fields, more than 200 spaces available for overflow at Hidden Creek Sports Complex and a limited number of parking spaces at the newly opened Bailey Lake Park, again no off-road parking is allowed at Bailey Lake. Sidewalks connect the venue.