Attending a fireworks show isn’t the only way to celebrate our country's independence. There are other types of events going on this weekend offering other forms of entertainment and family fun. Like parades, concerts, and, yes, even dinosaurs. Here's a list of some of what's going on in and around El Paso this Fourth of July weekend.

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All the World Loves a Parade

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If you’re looking to celebrate the Fourth with a good old-fashioned parade of beauty queens, decorated cars, and people decked out in patriotic gear then grab a lawn chair, sunglasses and a cap, and pop a squat along the following streets. And don’t forget your flag.

44th Annual Fourth of July People’s Parade - The yearly Eastside community parade travels down Montwood and Yarbrough from its starting point of Hanks High School, then north to Album Avenue, where it ends at Eastwood (Album) Park. Sponsored by the El Paso del Norte Lions Club, "The People's Parade" begins at 9 a.m.

Rim Area Neighborhood Parade – Any and every one who wants to be a part of this patriotic parade put on by residents of the Rim Area Neighborhood can do so. Decorate your car, your bike, your little red wagon, your pets, yourself and join the parade. Or simply wave your American flag and cheer from the curb. The parade, which starts at 10 a.m., goes from Brown St. to Upper Tom Lea Park. Popsicles and festivities afterwards at Tom Lea Upper Park.

Town of Anthony Fourth of July Parade - Small town parade, big time patriotism. 10 a.m. start time from Wildcat Drive. Ends at Corporal Enrique Miramontes Park.

Free Concerts

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Midland Concert - The Grammy nominated Country music band from Texas will be on stage at Speaking Rock Entertainment on Sunday July, 4. The outdoor concert is free (21 and over) and includes local favorites Dusty Low and Abe Mac Band. More Info

City of El Paso Independence Day Concert - El Paso Parks and Recreation is hosting a free concert in the park on Saturday, July 3, from 7 to 10 p.m. El Paso’s The Dream Merchants Band will provide the music. Downtown at Cleveland Square Park, 515 N. Santa Fe. The concert was originally scheduled to take place at Memorial Park, but due to muddy conditions caused by recent rains, the concert will be at Cleveland Square Park, weather permitting. More Info

Dinos & More

Jurassic Empire - Sunland Park Mall will be overrun by giant reptiles. the national touring exhibition Jurassic Empire is roaring into El Paso and transforming the mall parking lot into a prehistoric world for a Jurassic Dinosaur drive-thru event. More Info

Jurassic Empire

Chapoteo Water Park - The City of El Paso’s fourth regional water park is making its debut this weekend, weather permitting. Like the three other neighborhood water parks, the Lower Valley neighborhood aquatic facility -- located just down the street from Lionel Forti park at 1225 Giles -- expects to be open for the Fourth of July weekend. More Info

Fireworks Shows

None of the activities, events and celebrations listed above will feature fireworks displays, but if bombs bursting in air is what you are looking for, there are numerous places around El Paso where can “ooh” and “ahh” at the rocket’s red glare.

Ascarate Park, Wet 'N Wild Water World, IDEA Schools in Horizon, and Abundant Church among them. I wrote a separate article about 4th of July fireworks shows with all the details that you can find HERE.

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