The Fourth of July celebration in Glen Rose will kick off bright and early Wednesday morning with pancakes, a parade and other activities downtown, before a big finish with fireworks, live music and dancing in the dark.

The Glen Rose Hometown 4th of July festivities downtown on Wednesday will feature a pancake breakfast starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Somervell County Citizens Center hosted by the American Legion. The cost for the pancake breakfast will be $5 per person.

The Glen Rose Fourth of July Parade lineup will form starting at 8:30 a.m. at the high school. It is expected to arrive at the downtown square by about 9 a.m., and will feature a P.A. announcer.

But don’t leave at the end of the parade because there will be free activities around the square until noon.

“After the parade is over, we invite people to stay for downtown games on the square, sponsored by local businesses and organizations,” said Glen Rose City Events Director Kristen Gibson.

Gibson noted that there will be dummy steer roping, as well as a bean bag toss and other games. Balloons and water will be available.

“It’s a good way to get off the couch, get out and meet people in the community and have some fun,” Gibson said. “Be a part of it.”

The big annual fireworks event put on by the Somervell County Water District will once again be the highlight of the Fourth of July celebration. This marks the 8th annual Independence Day Celebration at Wheeler Branch Reservoir, 2099 County Road 301.

The park opens at 7 a.m., with regular admission prices (adults $4, children $2; out-of-county adults $8, children under 13 $4), but admission will be free after 7 p.m.

The free live music will be provided by the Mike Daniels Band, and you provide the dancing. The music begins at 7:30 p.m.

The fireworks are scheduled to commence at 9:30 p.m.

The park will close at 11 p.m.