Fourth of July in Round Top has never been a small affair. Our community has celebrated the nation’s Independence Day every year since 1851 – making it the longest-running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. Our neighbors from Houston, Austin, San Antonio and beyond gather to join us for a taste of our old-fashioned, small-town celebration steeped in tradition. From the blast of the Civil War-era cannon at 10 a.m. sharp on July 4, the fun continues with a parade of handmade floats, antique cars and trail riders that wraps up at the Round Top Rifle Hall, where food, music and dancing continue into the night.
This year, the 170th annual Fourth of July parade in Round Top looks a little bit different, as have most events all over the country these days. To keep in line with health regulations surrounding COVID-19, the parade route has been lengthened to allow spectators to keep their distance from each other, and those in close proximity with others have been urged to wear masks. Parade participants won’t be allowed to throw candy, trinkets or any other items along the route. The traditional BBQ dinner at the Round Top Rifle Hall has been adjusted to allow for outdoor seating and sanitization.
Despite the alterations that will make Round Top’s Fourth of July parade different than past years, the parade must go on! For 170 years, our town has celebrated Independence Day, and that tradition can’t easily be stamped out. The spirit of Round Top still perseveres through the challenges we’ve all faced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – and the red, white and blue will still draw us together this Fourth of July.
For more information on the Rifle Hall’s changes to this year’s parade, visit their Fourth of July webpage. In town for the festivities? Make it a weekend of fun by browsing lodging and dining options on exploreroundtop.com.