The city of Red Oak is planning for the first citywide celebration of Independence Day with the Red Oak White and Blue celebration scheduled for Saturday, June 30 at Goodloe Stadium.

The event will feature lots of food, games for kids, a flag retirement ceremony and fireworks at sundown.

“It’s going to be a fun filled event for the while family,” said Lauren Whatley, events coordinator with the city of Red Oak.

The gates will open at 6:30 p.m., with bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo open for children. Various organizations will sell barbecue and the Red Oak Lions Club will sell drinks. The event will also feature live bluegrass music. KBEC will perform a live broadcast at the event.

The Red Oak ISD Education Foundation will be on-site selling glow sticks and necklaces and and will also offer preferred seating for the event.

In May, Red Oak ISD students participated in a patriotic essay contest. The winning essays will be read at the event and all essays will be posted at the stadium.

“There will be a reception tent for all those who have served in the military and we will also honor veterans,” Red Oak Mayor Ron Bryce. “We’re hoping to make this an annual patriotic event for the Fourth of July. We want it to be fun for all ages and patriotic.”

Boy Scouts will hold a flag retirement ceremony at dusk and those planning to attend are welcome to bring flags for proper retirement.

A fireworks show sponsored by Citizens National Bank of Texas will follow the flag retirement ceremony.

“It will be fantastic with hundreds of fireworks synchronized to patriotic music. I think it will be really fun,” Bryce said. “We greatly appreciate CNB’s sponsorship of the fireworks show.”

Those planning to attend are welcome to bring coolers filled with non-alcoholic drinks to the event. The event is free of admission.

“I think it’s going to be a good time for everyone. I’m so happy that so many organizations are working together to make this happen. That speaks well of Red Oak,” Bryce said. “Community groups are coming together and I think that’s what is going to make it a great event.”

“Red Oak hasn’t had something like this for a long time. We wanted to do something that brought people together and built community spirit,” Bryce said.

E-mail Mandy at mandy.bourgeois@elliscountychronicle.com.