Independence Day

Independence Day in Denton, Texas

July 2023

Although the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain on July 2, it took them two more days to wrap up the Declaration of Independence revisions. In keeping with history, we plan to make it a two-day celebration so that you can celebrate July 4 with family and friends.

On Saturday, July 1, we’ll host the traditional Liberty Fun Run and parade in downtown Denton. On Monday, July 3, we'll host the July Jubilee Festival in collaboration with the Denton Kiwanis Drone Show!

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Liberty Run

Saturday, July 1, 2023
Race begins at 7:30 a.m. | Denton Civic Center
Join us for our 24th annual Liberty Run 5k and 1-mile walk. The entry fee includes a race t-shirt and race bag. Participants who complete the 1-mile walk will receive a race medal; participants who complete the 5k will have a chance to win a 1st - 3rd place medal. 
To learn more about Liberty Run visit the Denton Parks Catalog. Registration open through June 28.

Yankee Doodle Parade

Saturday, July 1, 2023
Parade begins at 9 a.m. | Downtown Denton Square
Join us this year for a live parade. Deck out in red, white, and blue for this patriotic occasion, or watch from your lawn chair on the square as the parade rolls out. The parade route begins near the Wells Fargo building at Austin St. and Hickory St., continues around the square, then down McKinney St. to the Denton Civic Center.
To learn more about the Yankee Doodle Parade policies and to register your organization or float, visit the Denton Parks Catalog.

July Jubilee

Monday, July 3, 2023
6 - 10:30 p.m. | Downtown Denton Square
Celebrate Independence Day downtown on the square with patriotic fun and activities for all ages! This free family-friendly event features live music, tasty treats from local vendors, inflatables, games, rock climbing, face painting, photo opportunities, hot dog eating contest, and to cap off the evening, a spectacular drone shows presented by Denton Noon Kiwanis!

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Liberty Run

  • 6:30 a.m. - Check-In
  • 7:30 a.m. - Race Begins 

Yankee Doodle Parade

  • 7:30 a.m. - Parade Check-in/Staging begins - Wells Fargo Parking Lot
  • 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. - Parade Entries Judged
  • 9 a.m. - Parade begins

Monday, July 3, 2023

July Jubilee 

  • 6 p.m. - Festival begins
  • 7 p.m. - Hot Dog Eating Contest
  • 8 p.m. - Live Music: Redline Drift
  • 9 p.m. - Live Music: Brave Combo
  • 9:30 p.m. - Drone Show sponsored by Denton Noon Kiwanis
  • 10 p.m. - Live Music: Brave Combo
  • 10:30 p.m. - Second Drone Show sponsored by Denton Noon Kiwanis

To learn more about Parks and Recreation programming and events, visit