Updated: Oct 11, 2018
The annual Celebrate Coppell’s Party in the Park offered an afternoon and evening festival in Andrew Brown Park East, which brought residents together to celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday, June 30.
Celebrate Coppell activities kicked off early in the morning with the 9th Annual Coppell 5K, a joint effort between Celebrate Coppell and Get You In Shape, which benefitted the Special Olympic Teams of Coppell. Besides the timed 5K race, participants could compete in a virtual race, as well as a 1-mile fun run race.
This year’s Coppell 5K field showed a healthy amount of patriotism and support with many runners donning American flags and shirts reflecting the Special Olympics.
“That’s the American spirit and what I think about during this time of year, how grateful I am for what I have and that I have the ability to help others,” Benjamin Feely said. “Going out there and contributing to something that may not benefit you directly, there’s honor in that. When it’s all said and done, it’s nice to step back and think about society working together to move forward as a whole. When you think about it that way, it seems simple that we’d want to help our neighbor and the less fortunate in even the smallest way.”
The Party in the Park event grounds offered no shortage of entertainment options and booths. Between the large rock wall, various obstacle courses, sports education booths, and zip line, the younger members of the crowd were entertained. There were enough food and drink stands and trucks to feed a small army.
“This is one of my favorite times, and holidays, of the year,” Joan Watkins said. “Helping out with setting up the event, getting all of these families out here in beautiful weather, it just feels so good. The already happy and grateful mood is well-supplemented by activities and entertainment for all ages, and the scene is just gorgeous. What more could you want?”
The entire evening was jam-packed with musical entertainment. Headlining the stage was the Taylor Pace Orchestra, who dazzled with their skill onstage.
“Music is such an important part of our country’s history and the job done out here with the stage and lineup has been just awesome,” Gary Crenshaw said. “Music has such a strong ability to amplify the mood and when done right. It adds an almost inexplicably fulfilling feeling. I think the music added to the already well-planned event beautifully, as well as the fireworks.”
Kids and parents danced in front of the stage, while the majority sat back on their blankets, enjoying the time with their family and friends. With the Taylor Pace Orchestra’s intermission came the anticipated firework display, before the Orchestra returned after the fireworks for a finale, bringing the day’s festivities to an emphatic close.