Hard to believe that June is coming to an end (and hopefully the severe storms and flooding right along with it!). That means it's time to welcome in July and this weekend--it's Independence Day Weekend! A 3 day weekend to enjoy our Nation's Birthday and time with family and friends now that we are beginning to get back to some level of the old normal once again. Doesn't matter if you're young or old-this holiday weekend is always fun for everyone... Well, except for maybe dogs and other animals who might be afraid of the noise the fireworks make. So before we get into the fun--a reminder: Let's be safe, and respectful of neighbors and pets and keep the noise level to the evening sky and then stop on the 4th.

That being said--here's a short list of celebrations you can partake in and enjoy with the whole family if you're not planning on doing your own party or celebration at home:

Downtown Odessa will have their Independence Day Car Show from 6pm-8pm on July 2nd. It'll take place on Texas Street between 4th and 6th streets. There will also be activities and games for the kids as well as food vendors and live music. Fireworks will return next year.

The 58th Annual Star Spangled Salute will take place in Midland at Centennial Park and Bush Convention Center on Saturday July 3rd. There will be a fun zone for kids with games and activities, tons of food and beverages with local vendors on site, and of course the evening ends with a beautiful fireworks show to the music provided by local bands.

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