For those looking for ways to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday next week, Kingsville will be host to a handful of patriotic celebrations.

Festivities will kick off on Wednesday, July 3, at Naval Air Station-Kingsville with its “Big Bang Boom” event at the Captain’s Club from 6:30-11 p.m. The event is presented by the Bishop Celanese Plant, and is open to anyone who has normal base access or an MWR Guest Card.

Available to the civilian public, the MWR Guest Card allows access to NASK’s Captain’s Club for one year and costs $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-17, while children 5 years and under are allowed access at no cost when accompanied by a card holder.

Members of the community who wish to apply for the card may pick up an application at the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce or visit https://www.navymwrkingsville.com/GuestCard/. Once approved, applicants will be contacted for an appointment time to come to NAS Kingsville Base Security and obtain their MWR Guest Card.

The event will feature bounce houses for children and live music from country music artist Robert Ray.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase during “Big Bang Boom” from a variety of NASK fundraising groups. However, no outside food or beverages will be allowed during the event.

The event will conclude with a fireworks show lighting up the night sky. Because seating is limited, attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

For more information on the event or the MWR Guest Card program, call the MWR Administration Office at (361) 516-6232.

On Thursday, July 4, the City of Kingsville and Kingsville Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual general, pet and bike parades in Downtown Kingsville.

Registration will be on site starting at 9:30 a.m., or participants can pick up forms at the Kingsville Visitors Center, located at 1501 N. Highway 77, the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, located at 635 E. King Avenue, or the Kingsville Parks and Recreation Department at Dick Kleberg Park. There is no entry fee for participating in any of the parades.

The general parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. starting at the Kleberg County Courthouse and travel along Kleberg Street to the Downtown Pavilion on Sixth Street. The pet and bike parades will follow the general parade.

After the conclusion of the parades, the public is invited to the presentation of awards at the Downtown Pavilion on Sixth Street. Hot dogs, lemonade, water and watermelon will be available for free during the event.

Pet parade awards will include Most Patriotic, Most Family Oriented, Best Pet/Owner Lookalike, Most Original and Judges’ Choice.

For the bike parade, awards include Most Patriotic for both children and adults, Most Original Decor, Best Family Participation, Best Group Participation and Best Wagon.

The general parade will have awards pending on the number of entries.

Also during and after the parades, the 1904 Train Depot Museum, located at 102 E. Kleberg Ave., will be open until 1 p.m. for attendees to visit and learn about the city’s history as July 4 is not only the United States of America’s 234th birthday, but also Kingsville’s 115th.

For more information, call the Kingsville Visitors Center at (361) 592-8516 or visit its Facebook page.

Also on July 4, from noon-3 p.m. the Kingsville Elks Lodge located at 1404 S. Sixth St. will host a Fourth of July Celebration featuring free hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones, a waterslide and music performed by DJ Louie.

For more information, contact the Elks Lodge at (361) 592-4444 or visit the organization’s Facebook page.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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