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The Annual Dallas Summerfest Parade is hosted by the Dallas Area Visitors Center and kicks off at 11 am on Saturday, July 28th during Dallas Summerfest. You never know what kind of fun and flashy parade floats that our city will come up with, especially with this year’s theme being Black and Orange: Hometown Pride! Come out and celebrate our amazing community with us!

We are also selling Dallas Summerfest Hometown Pride commemorative pennants for a limited time only! Just $5. We will be selling these pennants Sounds of Summer, Bounty Market, as well as our office. Our goal is to sell out and have parade attendees waiving them as the parade participants go by, plus it’s a cool keepsake for years to come.

If you are local business looking to promote yourself the Dallas Summerfest Parade is an amazing opportunity. We are currently accepting applications for the parade and would love to see your company involved. It’s a great day of sun and fun, all while getting your name out into the community. We have applications available online at exploredallasoregon.org, in our office, or available at the information booth during Bounty Market.

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

It’s a wonderful day for a stroll in the woods! Grab your favorite stuffed toy, a hamper goodies, and set off for a Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Why not arrange an outing with friends and family, and enjoy the summer sun, fun and games, and creativity with your favorite toys?

Celebrated mainly in the United States, Canada, Australian and in some parts of Europe, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day is celebrated on July 10th. If you are planning on going down to the woods today for a picnic, why not plan a big family surprise picnic that will have the kids super-excited or at the very least, have your teens in stitches at the silliness of it all!

How to Celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day:

Step One: Find your favorite teddy bears. Spruce them up in readiness for attending the picnic. After all, even they get to enjoy a little primping and preening before their big outing.

Step Two: If it’s a girl then dress her up in dresses or accessories, and if it’s a boy dress him up in smart clothes. Go all out; wash your teddy bear, and refurbish your teddy bear. Sew a teddy bear if you a) have the talent and ability, and b) if you don’t have a teddy bear, or enough of them to make a picnic. If your kids are already in on the picnic, have them make their bears a teddy bear suitcase to keep them busy in the background.

Step Three: Prepare the food. No Teddy Bear’s picnic would be complete without the right food. Don’t forget that bears love honey and other sweet things! Some ideas of what to make or buy include: Sandwiches, salad (use “bear paw” servers to serve it with), cupcakes, honey cake, teddy bear shaped crackers (and teach your kids how to dunk a teddy bear biscuit in milk)

Step Four: Pack everything needed into an old-fashioned picnic basket. Make sure to include plates, cups, utensils, and picnic rugs to sit on.

Step Five: Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions. Even the adults can have some fun. Hold a competition for the best-dressed bear, the smallest and tallest bears, for the best-named bear. Play hid and seek with the bears, the rules are up to you. Have the kids play act being a bear. Play look out for the bear. Just have fun!

Step Six: Hold some teddy bear activities. Paint bear paws on the children’s faces. Make a bear out of clay or play-dough. Read bear stories.

Step Seven: Tell the children it’s the teddy bear’s bedtime when it’s time to wrap the picnic. It will help prevent tears and complaints and you can lay it on thick, asking the children to look after their tired teddies.

Just have fun with this silly little holiday, we are lucky enough to live in a beautiful community with city and national parks to take advantage of. Get out and spend time in nature, and more importantly with family!

Abbey Roads LIVE!

“One of the world’s premier Beatles cover bands” – US News and World Report

“Unquestionably expert at what they do.” – Indyweek

“I loved the Abbey Road LIVE! Band! They were awesome! I would go see them anywhere I could. If it wasn’t so fun watching them enjoy playing, one could close their eyes and have a great idea of what an Abbey Road tour by the Beatles would have sounded like, just Awesome!”

Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! Has been rocking the music of the Beatles at clubs, theaters, festivals, and private events. Initially a tribute to the monumental “Abbey Road” album, the band has expanded its scope to include more than a 100 Beatles tunes, from all ears of the Fab Four’s career. The band specializes in complete, start-to-finish album performances of masterpieces such as “Abbey Road”, “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver”, and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band”.

Abbey Road LIVE! Is made up of four all-star musicians from the infamous Athens GA music scene that gave the world R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and B-52s. Collectively the band members have recorded and toured regularly with Cosmic Charlie, Charlie Mars, and Fuzzy Sprouts. Individual band members have also collaborated with acts such as Indigo Girls, Juliana Hatfield, Mike house (Widespread Panic), Danielle Howle and Lemonheads.

While the four lads from Athens GA generally perform as a quartet, they have also been known to recruit the “Magical Mystery Horns” and the “Lonely Hearts Strings”, lending authentic accompaniment to the more elaborately orchestrated tunes. The latest addition to the Abbey Road LIVE! Musical arsenal is a real Indian sitar and tablas.

At a typical Abbey Road LIVE! Show, audiences young and old can be found gleefully singing along with every word, many in utter disbelief at getting to hear this monumental music performed live; something that even the Beatles themselves never did, since they stopped touring in 1966.

We hope to see you when they perform at Sounds of Summer this Thursday, July 5th! The music will kick off at 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm, with food vendors and beer garden on site.

Freedomfest 2018

Independence Day 2018, also known as Fourth of July, is a federal holiday observed yearly on July fourth. It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1776.

The history of Independence Day 2018 dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution, 1775-17783. In June 1779, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare independence of the United States from Great Britain. On July 2, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. Two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin.

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4 and most have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as it is commonly believed. The holiday remains to be celebrated on the fourth of July. Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

Dallas will once again be celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way; Freedomfest! We invite you to join us Wednesday for a spectacular day and evening for family fun as we recognize our service men and women with a pickleball tournament, BBQ competition, beer garden, vendors, non-profit hosted games, field games, music, food trucks, bingo, and of course the first-rate fireworks show at dusk. All activities will be held at the Roger Jorden Community Park. Dallas Fire and EMS Department will light off the show from LaCreole Middle School. Citizens are encouraged to grab their chairs, blankets and family for the celebration. Come down early to pick your spot!