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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2002 12:00 am

Around the Valley

Fourth of July

Salute to Freedom

Schedule of Events

Today

10 a.m. U.S. District Judge Filemon B. Vela will perform a naturalization

ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, 600 E.

Harrison St.

8 to 9 p.m. The 323rd Army Band, from Fort Sam Houston, will perform on the

lawn overlooking the resaca at the Historic Fort Brown-Holiday Inn. This event

is free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 4

7 a.m. Registration begins for Patriotic Bicycle Decorating Contest for Kids

(ages 6-13) at the Charro Days Grandstand on Fourth and East Elizabeth

streets. Contest starts at 9 a.m.

8 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony will take place at the Amigoland Mall Event

Center, 300 Mexico Blvd., across the street from Amigoland Mall. Speakers

include U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz and Brownsville Mayor Blanca Vela. National

anthem will be played by the 323rd Army Band. Flag raising and 21-gun salute

will be performed by the Veterans Honor Guard Detail.

8:30 a.m. Judging begins for Patriotic Bicycle Decoration Contest for Kids at

Charro Days Grandstand on Fourth and East Elizabeth streets. Entries will be

judge for originality with a red, white and blue patriotic theme. Extra points

awarded for patriotic clothing. Winners will be announced at 10 a.m.

10 a.m. The Brownsville Heralds Fourth of July Salute to Freedom parade led

by the 323rd Army Band through the Historic Downtown Brownsville on East

Elizabeth Street.

11 to 4 p.m. The Holiday Inn Fort Brown hosts the first annual Fourth of July

Celebration and Carnival and Classic Car Show immediately following the

parade. Enjoy a festival atmosphere featuring classic cars, food, drink and

entertainment.

11:30 a.m. Groundbreaking ceremony at Veterans International Bridge CANCELED.

5 p.m. Patriotic Concert featuring the 60-member Brownsville Community

Orchestra directed by Allen Clark. The performance will be in the Amigoland

Malls air-conditioned center court. Other free indoor entertainment will be

provided.

6 to 8:30 p.m. Live music and entertainment free and open to the public.

Various artists will perform live onstage in the Amigoland Mall parking lot.

Celebration continues with a festival atmosphere.

8:30 p.m. Flag Lowering Ceremony with 21-gun salute and Taps performed by

Veterans Honor Guard Detail at Amigoland Mall. Patriotic group songfest led by

the onstage choir. Song sheets will be distributed. A flag retirement ceremony

will follow, conducted by local Boy Scout troops.

9:15 p.m. Spectacular Musical Synchronized Fireworks Display across from

Amigoland Mall. Event to be broadcast live by KBOR 1600 AM and Oldies Radio

KQXX 1700 AM. Turn on those radios!

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