GARLAND - The Independence Day traditional celebration in Garland has returned, but it isn't the city footing the bill. The Firewheel Town Center is sponsoring the Star-Spangled Spectacular taking place Saturday.
With a $250,000 price tag, city leaders said they couldn't afford the event and the annual celebration was terminated with other budget cuts. But, with a new site at The Park at Firewheel Town Center, dozens of flags are already waving around the shopping center.
"I think it's exciting," said Farah Allbritton, a Garland mother. "I think it will be really busy, a lot of neat stuff going on. I am going to go get the kids and come and have a blast."
Allbritton said the family had to go to Richardson last year to celebrate the Fourth of July.
The center said they were able to sponsor the celebration with the help of area businesses and local organizations.
The event is free and will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., including crafts for the kids, food and entertainment. Organizers said they began working on the event with city leaders since last year.
"[City leaders] gave us great insight and direction on how to handle the traffic patterns," said Melody Kamp, with Firewheel Town Center. "They were just wonderful, though."
The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.