Forget going out of town to celebrate Independence Day this year.

The City of Alice is moving forward with sponsoring a four-day Fourth of July celebration which will be spread out around several city parks.

The Alice City Council approve the city sponsoring the event and authorized the use of up to $5,000 from the city’s Hotel Occupancy Fund Reserve. The council approved sponsoring the event following a presentation by Katrina Watson, who was speaking on behalf of the city’s parks and recreation board.

Watson said she expects the events to provide Alice residents with an affordable way of celebrating the holiday while possibly attracting out-of-town visitors to the city. The schedule of events is still evolving, but it includes many activities.

The four-day celebration begins Saturday, July 1 with a 5K run and walk at Veterans Plaza Park. Local vendors and food trucks are being invited to set up around the park. Following the 5K, there is a performance by the Veterans Band of Corpus Christi and a hamburger and hotdog cooking contest.

The celebration is moving to the city’s Multi-Use Facility that evening for a carnival, water events and food trucks. There is also live music scheduled at the Multi-Use Complex that first night.

On Sunday, July 2, there is church music and a community service planned as part of the celebration.

The carnival will continue on Monday, July 3, as well as swimming and music.

The celebration is moving to Lake Findley on Tuesday, July 4 for a fishing tournament. There will be food trucks and organizers are still trying to get sponsors for a city fireworks display.