Pack up the family, bring the dog, and head over to Wimberley to experience old-fashioned, small-town, Independence Day fun and festivities, July 3-6.
Wimberley, noted for its Hill Country beauty and small town charm, is throwing a huge birthday party for America, including a Jubilee, the best July 4 parade in the Hill Country, the 68th annual VFW Rodeo and a cowboy dance, all followed up by Wimberley Market Day.
The celebration kicks off on Wednesday, July 3, with the annual Jubilee at the VFW rodeo grounds on Jacobs Well Road. The gates open at 4 p.m. for food, live music, miniature bull riding, arts and crafts vendors, carnival games and beverage booths — all topped off with fireworks at dark. The featured band is Broken Glass.
A full slate of July 4 activities starts Thursday morning with a parade of more than 75 entries that wanders through downtown Wimberley starting at 10 a.m. At 3 p.m., the Hill Country Community Band and the Wimberley Chorus will perform a patriotic concert at the First Baptist Church.
The 68th annual VFW Rodeo starts at 8 p.m. July 4 (gates open at 5:30) and continues on Friday and Saturday nights, with a cowboy dance following the rodeo on Friday. Sanctioned by the Cowboy's Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA), the Wimberley VFW rodeo is one of the largest outdoor rodeos in Texas. Each evening's rodeo will include bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women's breakaway roping and barrel racing, tie-down calf roping, bull riding and miniature bull riding.
Famed bull-fighter, clown and barrel man Leon Coffee will again be featured at each event. Coffee, who lives in Blanco, was named PRCA Clown of the Year in 1983. Long a member of the Cowboys of Color Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton in 2004 for his more than 30 years of service to the rodeo sport.
And don't forget, Wimberley's famous Market Day on Saturday, July 6. Held on the first Saturday each month from March through December, Market Day has more than 475 vendors. Market Day has something for everyone, including a variety of tasty food and beverages.
General admission tickets for the rodeo are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The VFW Rodeo Grounds are located just off Ranch Road 12, three miles north of Wimberley. Proceeds from the rodeo and all VFW activities support a variety of local organizations and community needs in addition to benefiting service members on active duty as well as veterans in area VA homes and hospitals.