Duncanville 2019 Independence Day Parade & Celebration

The City of Duncanville hosts an incredible day of family-friendly fun to celebrate Independence Day! Guests can enjoy a parade in the morning, then come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food and fun for kids and adults of all ages.

Independence Day PARADE

July 4, 2019
9:00 am

The Independence Day Parade is facilitated by the Duncanville Lion’s Club and begins at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The Parade route starts on Wheatland Rd at Freeman St, heads west and turns right on N Main St then ends at N Main St and Freeman St.

Residents are welcome to set up blankets and chairs along the parade route to enjoy the fun and creative float entries.

Interested in being part of the Independence Day Parade? Fill out the parade application to enter your float!

Independence Day CELEBRATION

July 4, 2019
6:00 pm
Armstrong Park | 100 James Collins Blvd

Celebrate our country’s Independence at a family-friendly event featuring live music, delicious food, bounce houses, face painters & more! Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wristbands required for entry – pick up wristbands at the Recreation Center starting June 10; limit 5 per person and must be 18 or older. Bags and coolers subject to inspection. No alcohol, glass containers, tents, canopies, large umbrellas, non-service animals, personal drones or fireworks allowed.

The fireworks show will begin around 9:30 pm.

Vendors & Sponsors

Interested in being part of the Independence Day Celebration as a vendor or sponsor? Fill out the vendor application to participate!

Parking/Shuttle Service

Parking near the event is limited, and residents are encouraged to walk if they live near Armstrong Park. Shuttle Service to and from the Celebration begins at 6:00 pm from the Costco parking lot and will run all evening until the event is over. ADA parking available at City Hall.

 

Duncanville Honors 50th Anniversary of War Memorial on Memorial Day: Monday, May 27

The City of Duncanville is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Memorial Park on Monday, May 27 at 10:00 am. Army Retired Colonel Ronald Munden is the honored guest speaker, who 50 years ago as an Army Cadet, participated in the ceremony and helped unveil the memorial. The first 300 guests will receive a commemorative War Memorial challenge coin marking the event. Memorial Park is located at 101 N. Main Street in Duncanville.

Memorial Day did not become a federal holiday until 1971. Before that it was traditionally recognized on May 30 regardless of the day of the week. Thus, 50 years ago Memorial Day in Duncanville was recognized on Friday, May 30, 1969 with the dedication of the War Memorial and Memorial Park.

Early in 1969, Ed Purcell from the American Legion Post 81, along with noted artist and architect William B. Lowder, developed plans for a memorial marker and eternal flame layout, as well as heading up the fundraising efforts. Starlight Park, which was redesigned, freshly landscaped, and renamed Memorial Park, was the focal point of the dedication ceremonies that morning. Families of the fallen soldiers engraved on the memorial were present and the memorial was unveiled by Midshipman Charles B. Young and Cadet Ronald Munden.

The Duncanville War Memorial is a polished granite monument approximately sixteen feet high featuring a brass bald eagle with a two-foot wing span atop. Twenty-two names were originally inscribed on the monument representing Duncanville’s fallen soldiers from four wars. The eternal flame was also lit on Memorial Day in 1969 and continues to burn bright today.

Please join us in remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Best of Southwest Juneteenth Celebration – June 15

The City of Duncanville and Best of Southwest cities join together for the Juneteenth Arts and Music Festival, honoring the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Activities include food vendors, a variety of art by local artist, crafts, musical performances and much more.  Admission is free!

Seeking Vendors

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Best Southwest Juneteenth Festival as a Small Business/Artist/Organizations.  Applications must be received by 12 pm, Monday, May 27th.

  • Booth with Electricity $100
  • Booth with No Electricity $75

Call 972-291-5130 or email cedarhillpard@cedarhilltx.com for more information.

Free Tulip Bulbs While Supplies Last, Available April 8

The week of March 25th has proven to be the best week for our tulips this year. Next week they will begin to decline and by week’s end all the white petals will likely be spent. So, get out and enjoy them while you can! Some citizens have expressed interest in obtaining the bulbs after the blooming season ends. Tulips are an annual flower in Texas as it does not stay cold enough for the bulbs to bloom again each year. However, the bulbs can be harvested and kept in a refrigerated climate until planting next winter. The city does not have the resources to refrigerate the bulbs but feels it is in the best interest of the city to allow individual citizens to do so if they desire as it only beautifies the entire city next season.

Free Tulip Bulbs

The Parks Department will be pulling the tulips and saving some of the bulbs for those citizens who want them the week of April 8 weather permitting. They can be picked up on a first come first serve basis at the Recreation Center Lobby starting the week of April 8 (weather permitting) during regular business hours while supplies last.

For convenience, residents can call ahead to make sure there are still tulip bulbs available: 972-780-5070

Tulip Bulb Care

Although tulips are bulbs, it is best to consider them as annuals here in Texas. Successive year’s blooms will be inferior, if present at all. Texas winters are too mild to give them the chilling they need to flower properly. To prevent drying out, store bulbs in dry peat moss, perlite, vermiculite or sand in a porous bag or shallow tray. Store them in a cool (35°-50°F), dry, well-ventilated area for replanting in the winter. Refrigerate the bulbs for at least six weeks prior to replanting.

Generally planted in Texas around Christmas or the first two weeks of January, tulips should be planted in sun or part shade six inches deep and four to six inches apart. Tulips look better when planted in clumps of three, five or seven. They require well-drained, fertilized soil. There are several “bulb boosters” or fertilizers available as well as the traditional bone meal. Mix any of these with soil in the bottom of the planting hole. For bigger, brighter blooms, use a liquid plant food in early spring.

Kidsville/Splashpad Town Hall Recap

On January 24, approximately 50 residents attended the Town Hall meeting for the Kidsville/Splashpad projects at Armstrong Park. Overall the concept plan was well received by residents who attended. Several concerns and questions were raised that the City will continue to review and address in the planning process moving forward. Examples include shade, restrooms, security, and ancillary amenities such as water fountains and benches. The preliminary concept plan for Armstrong Park was shown at the meeting; however, the only projects currently funded are replacing Kidsville and adding a Splashpad. Future items will be constructed in phases as funding allows. The next step is for the concept plan to go before the Park Board for recommendation to City Council, possibly in March. Project updates will continue, and for questions please email parksandrec@duncanville.com.

Preliminary Concept Plan

Duncanville Soccer Open Registration for Fall 2018

Parents and Players,

Great news! Registration for Fall 2018 is now open. Please visit our website at www.duncanville-soccer.com to register online. Registration will close August 1. This season we will offer late registration beginning August 2-17 with a $15 late fee. Please visit our site for more details.

Padres y jugadores,

¡ buenas noticias! El registro para el otoño 2018 ya está abierto. Por favor visite nuestro sitio web en www.Duncanville-Soccer.com para registrarse en línea. El registro se cerrará el 1 de agosto. Esta temporada vamos a ofrecer un registro tardío a partir del 2-17 de agosto con un cargo de $15 por demora. Visite por favor nuestro sitio para más detalles.

Gracias

 

Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration

Why is there a Juneteenth Celebration?

According to www.Wikipedia.com:

“Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the word is a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”.[1][2] Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.[3]

The holiday is observed primarily in local celebrations given by our  Best Southwest Cities who each host the Juneteenth Celebration.

Please join the Best Southwest Cities of Lancaster (host), Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Desoto in celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lancaster Community Park located at 1700 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Lancaster, TX,  75134-3316.  For more information, please connect to the City of Lancaster website:  http://www.lancaster-tx.com/1214/Juneteenth-Celebration

 

 

Find Your Adventure — 2017 Summer Camp

Summer Camp is HERE!

Beginning Monday, June 5th, Find Your Adventure 2017 Summer Camp, opens with a treasure chest full of fun, crafts and field trips. Field trips include places like “Going Bonkers”, “Perot Museum”, and “LEGOLAND” to name a few. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. Join the Duncanville Parks and Recreation department in starting your summer off safe and fun.

Complete the registration packet and turn it in to the recreation front desk. Space is limited so get your registration in as soon as possible.  Call 972-780-5070 for more information or if you have any questions, please call the number in red.

Registration Packet

 

Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day recognized as Decoration Day after the Civil War became a federal holiday in 1971. It is celebrated on the last Monday in the month of May.  It’s dedicated to honor all Americans who died while in military service.

National Moment of Remembrance
“The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.” Information cited from http://www.military.com/memorial-day/.

**The City of Duncanville in partnership with American Legion Post 81 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7843 respectfully invites you to be a part of the Memorial Day Ceremony held Monday, May 29, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park.**

All guests are cordially invited for lunch and refreshments at:

American Legion Ronald L. McElroy Post 81
418 E. Red Bird Lane, Duncanville, TX 75116

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7843
702 E. Hwy 67, Duncanville, TX  75137

 

FRONT PORCH SALE @ Hopkins Senior Center

The annual Front Porch Sale sponsored by the Share & Care Site Council takes place this  Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr., Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville, TX  75116.  Be sure to support the seniors with your donations or purchases.

Donations of household goods are welcome beginning Monday, April 17th through Wednesday, April 19th.

For further information call 972-780-5073.