The 166th Round Top Fourth of July was another great event!
Once again, thousands came out to celebrate our
nation's birthday in a great small town way. To
get a feel for this wonderful, patriotic celebration, please visit our photo gallery for pictures of our 2016 Fourth of July celebration.
Make your plans to join us this year! Check
back here in the May/June timeframe for access to parade entry forms and
more information about the parade route.
A long and colorful history....
The Round Top community has celebrated the Fourth of July every year since 1851. In fact, it's known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. The rest of the year, Round Top boasts an impressive population of 90 souls, many of German origin. But on the Fourth of July, our neighbors from Houston, Austin, San Antonio and everywhere in between travel into Round Top for a taste of an old-time, small-town Fourth.
The civil war-era cannon roars at 10:30, announcing the parade of handmade floats, antique cars and tractors, fire engines, trail riders and longhorn cattle. The parade circles Round Top square to the enthusiastic strains of Round Top's own Brass Band. Children dart out for candy and trinkets while families and neighbors visit on the town square.
As the parade wraps up, everyone heads a few blocks down FM 1457 to the historic Round Top Rifle Hall. Association members have been up all night preparing mouthwatering brisket, pork, and sausage on the Hall's huge wood fired pits. German style potatoes, green beans, fixin's, and homemade desserts round out a delicious buffet lunch.
The afternoon continues with music, a raffle, and games for the kids until 4:00 when the local band sets up for the afternoon's dance. Come join us for a fun-filled old fashioned Fourth!
That blasted cannon....
Traditionally in Round Top, a cannon was fired as the official start of the July 4 celebration.
In 1889, for some reason, the cannon did not fire. The President of the Rifle Association, John George Kaiser,
bent over to inspect the cannon when it suddenly exploded. Mr. Kaiser was severely injured and died several days later
from loss of blood and infection.
In 1975, in anticipation of the U.S. Bicentennial celebration, then Mayor Don Nagel had the cannon fragments restored
so once again it could sound the start of the parade.
Visit our photo gallery for pictures from the 2015 Fourth of July celebration
as well as photos from the Round Top Area Historical Society showing the Round Top Fourth going back to the late 1800's!
Photo: © Round Top Register