Liberty By The Lake

Thursday, JULY 4th, 2024

Celebrate With The Colony!

Join us for a weekend of family fun as we celebrate the birth of America’s freedom at the 26th Annual Liberty By The Lake festival. We kick off the morning celebration with the Liberty 5K/10K/1M race at Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Rd. That evening we finish the festivities with a concert, food vendors, rides and the best fireworks around! Don’t miss the fun!


What: The 38th Annual Liberty 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run is a family event, for participants of all ages! Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to participate! This event is hosted by the Knights of Columbus and The Colony Parks & Recreation Department.

Please arrive early to ensure that you are ready for the start of the race! We recommend that all runners and walkers be parked and in the race area no later than 7:15am. 

Parking is located at the field parking area at Pecan Crossing and N Colony Blvd. Parking staff will be onsite to assist with where to go. Additional parking is located at Ethridge Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhood. 

Walkers are encouraged to participate in the 5K. 

Where: Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Rd.

Course Map- 5K

Register here! This is the fastest and easiest way to register!

When: Thursday, July 4, 2024

6:30am - Race day packet pick up begins

7:15am - All runners should arrive                               

7:30am - 1 Mile Fun Run race begins

7:50am - 5K race begins

Are pets allowed? No. Per USATF rules and guidelines, no pets are allowed on the run courses.

T-Shirt & Race Number Pick Up

Dates TBD - Fleet Feet, 8300 Gaylord Parkway #24, Frisco, TX 75034

July 4th  - 3700 Sparks Rd., The Colony, TX 75056
6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m.

Those choosing to register or pick up their packet on race day should arrive early to ensure that they are finished in time for race start. ALL runners should plan to arrive and be at the race site no later than 7:15 a.m.

The first 700 registered participants receive an official race Performance Tee. Register early to ensure you receive the desired size!

Parking for the run is FREE. On-site parking will be located in the large grass field located off Pecan Crossing/N Colony Blvd. Overflow parking is located at Ethridge Elementary School.

As always, runners are able to park within the neighborhoods adjacent to the course so long as they obey all parking laws.

Click here for Race Photos.

Click here for Race Results.


Finisher medals for everyone!

1 Mile Fun Run - For all ages! This is a "for fun" event and times will not be recorded.

5K Run - Trophies for overall and masters winners and specialty medals for the first 3 in each age group and division. 

Male and Female divisions. Age groups: 0-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+


Join the parade!

The parade theme this year is To Be Decided. Decorating your vehicle is not mandatory, but will add to the fun and put you in the running for cash prizes!

To register for the parade, please complete this form. Entry forms can be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department. Day-of registration will be accepted at parade check-in. Pre-registration is highly encouraged.

The parade route will start at Peters Colony Elementary School and head West along Nash Dr. Then the parade will turn South on Blair Oaks. It will finish at The Colony High School teachers parking lot.  

9:15am - Parade line-up begins
10:00am - Parade starts moving along Nash

The awards presentation for the parade will take place immediately following the parade in The Colony High School Parking Lot. Entries that show exceptional patriotic spirit and support the parade theme will be awarded trophies and prizes. 

Commercial Category:
1st Place -
2nd Place -
3rd Place - 

Non-Commercial Category:
1st Place -
2nd Place -
3rd Place -  

Best in Show:


Where: The Athletic Club (Formerly Five Star Sports Complex), 4100 Blair Oaks. All parking is FREE.
On-site parking is available at The Colony Five Star Complex, South Lot & The Colony High School, 4301 Blair Oaks. 

6:00pm - Festival begins
7:00pm - Watermelon Eating Contest
9:30pm - Fireworks Finale!
10:00pm - Festival Ends

Watermelon Eating Contest:

Only 10 contestants will be allowed per age category, and contestants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Contest starts at 7:00PM. Click link below in the appropriate Age Group category to register. Registration does not guarantee participation. This event is first come first serve. If you are not present when your name is called you will not participate. 

Age Categories
Group 1: Ages 10 to 14 years
Group 2: Ages 15 to 19 years
Group 3: Ages 20 to 29 years
Group 4: Ages 30 and up


Do you have a business that you'd like to spotlight to the community? If so, come join us at the Freedom Sponsor Expo at the Liberty By The Lake Festival.

Each business is provided with one table and a 10 feet by 10 feet plot. Businesses provide their own shade, chairs, and any other needed supplies.

Once you have reviewed the sponsorship packet and found the right fit for your business you will need to fill out the online application.

Location assignments will be done by PARD staff based on when forms are received.

Don't miss this great opportunity to show the community what your business has to offer!

Important Reminders

For safety reasons, personal grills, personal coolers and glass containers are not allowed to be brought into The Colony Five Star Complex for Liberty By The Lake on July 1st. Outside beverages (including adult beverages) are not allowed. Thank you for your assistance in helping to ensure a safe and fun festival for everyone!

No Grills

   Beerno coolers

Additional Information

Don’t find the information you are looking for on this site? Call us at 972-625-1106, or email the festival staff.

Volunteer at the Event!

Click here to view volunteer opportunities.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Want to sponsor the Family Fun Zone at Liberty By The Lake? Check out our online sponsor packet and application to find out how you can get involved. Your logo could be prominently featured here!

Fireworks are sponsored by: