It was a big Wednesday in Stephenville when the community came together to celebrate Independence Day.

The day kicked off with the annual parade, followed by the BBQ, Bands & Bottle Rockets event in city park.

“The committee feels as though the event was a success,” said Shelley Gilliland, president of the committee. “We provided entertainment for many families and community members and are proud to be able to give back to local nonprofit organizations.”

This year’s selected charity spotlight is Foster’s Home for Children who was awarded $7,000 from the BBQ, Bands & Bottle Rockets committee.

The event featured a BBQ cook-off, games, vendors, live music and more.

The festivities continued with the lawn mower races, which were also a success.

“The lawn mower races went ‘mowtastic.’ We had the biggest turn out we ever have and are looking to make it bigger and better for next year,” said Justin McCann, who puts on the race each year. “We had so many people and lots of good fun. The best thing is that we had some racers pull up to the line and one of them broke down, so the racer that was waiting jumped off and went to help the other get his going so they could race. Very good sportsmanship.”

The Independence Day celebration concluded with the Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series featuring performances by Larry Joe Taylor and The Tejas Brothers; and the fireworks show sponsored by the Stephenville Optimist Club and put on by the Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department.