For the second year, Amarillo will celebrate America's heritage with the Route 66 Fireworks Festival. Saturday, from From downtown to Sixth Ave. there will be a full day of activities -- the Amarillo Community Market, an art show and sale, a 50s and 60s costume contest, and a classic car show. There will also be kids activities including a trivia treasure hunt and a dunking booth. Of course, the evening will culminate with a fireworks show.
The community market will relocate for the day to Polk St. between Sixth and Eight avenues beginning at 9 a.m. Route 66 merchants along Sixth Ave. will have sidewalk sales from 10-4 p.m.
Food Truck Alley will start along 7th Ave. between Taylor and Pierce streets beginning at 4 p.m. and Joe's Hospitality will sell adult beverages on Taylor St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Also at 4, DJ Tommy the Hacker spins on the Happy State Bank Stage at Taylor St.-Seventh Ave. Live music begins at 5 p.m. when the Dust Jackets are set to play on the Amarillo National Bank Stage at Polk St.-Sixth Ave.
A free trolley will be available to shuttle people from downtown to Route 66 from 10-4 p.m.
Fireworks will be at dusk and the launch area will be in the vicinity of the MPEV construction site.
Just blocks away from the downtown activities, American Legion Post 54 and Veterans of Foreign Wars are jointly throwing an Independence Day party Saturday. The party -- live bands, food and drinks -- will be from 3-1 a.m. The two oldest veterans organizations will also have their own car and bike show, plus a silent auction, activities for the kids and door prizes.
Tickets for the American Legion party, 617 W. 7th Ave., are $10 for adults, $5 for veterans and first responders, and no charge for children 12 & younger. There is no charge to take in the sights and sounds for the Route 66 Fireworks Festival.