Downtown Rockwall announces Daycation event to kick off Fourth of July weekend

UPDATE (June 2

“The decision has been made to postpone the Downtown Daycation event set for July 3 in historic downtown Rockwall. Although shops and restaurants will be open for business, the cornhole tournament, lawn games, food trucks and related activities will be rescheduled. The Downtown Rockwall Association looks forward to hosting this event in the future, complete with all the festivities and live music by Emerald City Band, at a later date to be determined. Our downtown businesses appreciate your continued support during this difficult time,” said Tammy Sharp, President of the Downtown Rockwall Association.

The decision was first announced in a statement from Sharp that was read during this morning’s Rockwall City Council Emergency Meeting.

The Council voted 4-1 to continue with city outdoor events including Concerts by the Lake, the Fourth of July parade, and fireworks. Social distancing and masks are encouraged during these events. Those who missed the emergency meeting may watch it here.

Dawn to Dusk: Full Day of Fun, Food & Festivities on July 3

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 12, 2020) Downtown Rockwall merchants are excited to announce they’re officially getting back to business by hosting the first community event since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many stores and restaurants to close their doors or limit normal activities.  On Friday, July 3, the downtown square will open up for a full day of food, fun, shopping, games and a dance party with live music by none other than Emerald City Band.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the DOWNTOWN DAYCATION celebration welcomes the community to enjoy shopping downtown businesses (until 6 p.m.), a live DJ, 9-hole mini golf, lawn games, interactive instructional demos for all ages, and luxury lounge areas. Folks can also participate in a Cornhole Tournament sponsored by the Young Professionals of Rockwall. Registration for the tournament can be found at

Food trucks will line Kaufman Street to provide eats and treats, and downtown restaurants will be open to serve. Among the food trucks will be Waffle O’licious, Doe Belly’s, Popcorn Pappa, Yummy Pizza, Yummy BBQ and others to be announced.

Emerald City to perform live on courthouse steps

Emerald City Band takes the stage on the historic courthouse steps at 7 p.m., to kick off an evening dance party – complete with free ice cream and glow bands.

For over 30 years Emerald City Band has been performing for some of the most high profile events, weddings and corporations. Averaging more then 300 performances a year, The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, Knot Magazine, and AACWP voted Emerald City as “Entertainers of the Year” and they’ve been nominated for the prestigious National Spotlight Award in Las Vegas. Emerald City has shared the stage with such artists as Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Hewy Lewis and the News, Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, Maria Cary, Dan Aykroyd, Sinbad, and the list goes on and on.

“It is important as a city that our resident enjoy the amenities and quality of life that they moved here to experience,” said Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt. “It is our responsibility as City leaders to allow our citizens to determine what’s best for their families and themselves without government controlling their lives.”

He added, “Our parks and other facilities are open for you to enjoy and our great businesses that weathered this crisis are open and ready to serve you.”

This is an outdoor event therefore no health protocols are required. However, individual businesses may have requirements you will need to follow upon entering. Those who have minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, or been exposed to someone that has, are asked to please protect yourself and others by staying home.

Thank you for shopping local and supporting downtown businesses.

By Dawn Redig, Blue Ribbon News. 

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