Canyon 4th of July Celebrations Attracting Worldwide Attention

The Fourth of July parade and fireworks in Canyon are expected to bring in record crowds this weekend. The parade-goers are not just those with Texas license plates. Thousands more are expected to pour into Canyon to celebrate America's birthday small-town style.

If you haven't made a hotel reservation for this weekend yet, you might be out of luck. The Holiday Inn Express in Canyon is totally booked. Over at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Amarillo is coming close.

Assistant General Manager Michelle Garcia says, "Out of the 75 rooms we have, there are only about 15 left." And those last 15 rooms are expected to be booked by Thursday. Many of the reservations are being made by people whose only way of getting to canyon is on an airplane.

Holiday Inn Express Manager Ravina Green says, "We have people coming from London." Garcia says, "We have a group coming from Canada. We have a couple coming from Hawaii."

The Canyon Chamber of Commerce sponsors the weekend's events. Lorrie Jones with the Chamber says, " We're hoping they come and buy from our vendors, that they spend money and buy a lot of cokes."

The Rock 'n Roll Soda Shoppe hopes so too... Owner Connie Kesler says, "It's the busiest day of they year for me." And even though the celebration isn't for another three days, they've already starting preparing. "Normally we serve the customers at their tables, but on Saturday they're going to have to form a line at the counter and we'll serve them there. We just can't handle it. The lines are out the door."

Street vendors are expecting a large crowd as well... This is the first year that all of the booth spaces have been sold out... The chamber is having to turn people away because there's not enough space.