Main Street U.S.A. The mother road. Will Rogers Highway. All of these are nicknames for Route 66.
The highway spans across the U.S. From Santa Monica, California to Chicago, Illinois. We have a piece of it here in Amarillo, and now this American icon wants to become part of our Independence Day.
The Heart of Amarillo Festival on Historic Route 66 is usually in the middle of June, but when the Globe-News asked them to be a part of their Independence Day Celebration, they could not resist.
When you think of Route 66, you think of a simpler time filled with classic cars, good food, and great music. That is what the Heart of Amarillo Celebration honors, and this year, they are doing it in sync with Amarillo’s Independence Day Festival downtown this Saturday.
It is a partnership Eric Miller, the Director of Communications for the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council, thinks could be a great success and lead to a new tradition.
“People need to learn that this incredible, historical resource is right here in our own backyard,” said Miller. “I would hope that this would become an annual, look forward to with great anticipation, kind of event.”
Proceeds from this year’s events will go to San Jacinto Elementary and Heal the City.
Events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and a trolley will run back and forth from downtown.