The community is encouraged to take part in a flower-filled Fourth of July celebration with crape myrtles in full bloom during the 10th annual Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade.

This year’s theme is “Pink Petals and Patriotism.”

The patriotic celebration will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, with a tailgate party in the parking lot of Lumpkins Stadium.

“Lone Star Glory” will take the stage at 7 p.m. for a concert presented by Chicago Title Insurance Company represented by Trinity Abstract & Title Co.

Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and their barbecue grills to cook-out before or during the show.

A new addition to this year’s tailgate party will be a children’s area with a rock climbing wall and bounce house activities.

Following the concert will be the spectacular H-E-B fireworks display.

Tune into KBEC Classic Country 1390 for a live broadcast of the fireworks to music.

On July 4, the celebration will continue at 10 a.m. with a hometown parade. The parade will start at College Street and end in Getzendaner Park.

Waxahachie is designated by the state Legislature as the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas. A map of the Crape Myrtle Driving Trail is available at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce or the Heritage Visitor Center located in the Ellis County Museum.

The Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade are free to the public.

Other sponsors include the Crape Myrtle Council and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce & CVB.

For more information on the festival, call the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau at (972) 937-2390 or visit www.waxahachiechamber.com.