July 4th festivities planned in, around Abilene

POSTED: 11:01 AM Jul 03 2013   UPDATED: 4:29 PM Jul 03 2013
ABILENE, Texas -

Take a look at some of the festivities happening around Abilene on Wednesday (July 3) and Thursday (July 4).

Wednesday, July 3:

6:30 p.m., BBQ dinner at the Abilene Zoo and Festival Gardens (tickets needed)

10 p.m., WesTex Connect fireworks display at the Abilene Zoo and Festival Gardens (tickets needed)

Thursday, July 4:

9:30 a.m., Star Jeep 4th of July at Buffalo Gap Historic Village. A parade will start at Shades of Hope and end at the Village. Music and activities will continue until 2 p.m. (free).

10 a.m., Hillcrest neighborhood parade. Will begin at the corner of Bacon and Campus Court (free).

Noon, Prince of Peace Ministries community cookout at 147 Sayles. Will run until 3 p.m. (free).

6:30 p.m., Amarillo Street neighborhood parade. Will begin behind the Church of the Heavenly Rest (free).

7:30 p.m., Community Band concert. On the lawn of the Church of the Heavenly Rest, following the Amarillo Street parade (free).

July 5 (Friday) & July 6 (Saturday):

Festival by the Lake at Clyde Lake. Live music starts at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.