Keller residents will celebrate the nation’s 248th birthday one day early with Keller Lights, set for July 3. Keller City Council members discussed Keller Lights and the future of festivals in the city during a work session at the June 18 meeting.

The details

Jordan Dawson, city recreation supervisor, spoke about Keller Lights, which is the city’s Fourth of July celebration that includes food trucks, live music, vendors, a fireworks display and a hot dog eating contest. It is held from 4-10 p.m. July 3 at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway. The fireworks will launch at 9:45 p.m. Shuttles will run from 3-11 p.m.

Dawson showed maps and gave information on parking, stages and viewing areas as well as other matters related to the event.

Zooming in

On the matter of festivals, Mayor Pro Tem Ross McMullin, who conducted the work session in place of Mayor Armin Mizani, said council wanted to find out whether there could be additional festivals in the city. He said he has heard ideas about holding festivals around Christmas, Halloween and in the fall.

Council members kicked around some ideas, with Tag Green suggesting considering the idea of Keller restaurants showing their food, and letting people know they are here and operating.

“I’d like to see us have an Oktoberfest event,” council member Greg Will said. “I’d break out lederhosen for that.”

McMullin said Taste of Chicago, a food festival held in September in Chicago’s Grant Park, is a “fantastic event.”

“I could see something similar, like the Taste of Keller,” McMullin said, adding it could be held during a time of the year when there is nice weather.

On holding an event around Elm Street, McMullin wanted to know whether the reconstruction needed to be finished. Interim City Manager Aaron Rector said it depended on what was happening there construction-wise before anything could be planned.

“What they’re ripping up at that point may hinder some options, but I think we could work around some of that as well,” Rector said.

McMullin said he would like to see something else around Christmas, even as he said Holly Days is an “awesome” event. Holly Days features a parade, Santa Claus and tree lighting event. He said he expects the subject to come back to council for further examination.