Singing, dancing, and a whole lot of food filled the streets of downtown Amarillo Saturday afternoon. Thousands of people came out to celebrate 4th of July a few days early.
Twenty square blocks of downtown were blocked off for the celebration. More than 25 food trucks, vendors, and entertainment came out to celebrate our nation’s independence.
Amarillo ISD Ate06 Food Truck joined in on the fun serving up hot dogs and their best seller, Frito pie.
Steve Dexheimer, Executive Chef for Amarillo ISD said, “It’s been a lot of fun and everybody is super friendly. Everybody seems excited and I think we’re all looking forward to the fireworks.”
With large events like this safety was a top priority. Amarillo Police Department patrolled the streets and a mobile medical unit which folds out into a 32 bed hospital was set up.
Rodney Hunt, Texas Emergency Task Force Region 1 Coordinator said, “The city just wanted to be a little bit more on the prepared side. It’s better to be far more prepared than not prepared at all.”
With the new location, new day, and a firework show bigger than before, coordinators thought today was a success.
“This year, our first year downtown, we’ve had more participation, more sponsors than we’ve ever had before, so we think it’s a good first step in creating a really great event for downtown for years to come,” said, Les Simpson, Publisher of Amarillo Globe News.