COMFORT, TEXAS… If you’re planning a road trip during the long July 4th 2011 weekend, Comfort offers a flag-waving celebration with lots of hometown flair. The star-spangled event is a memory-maker for families with a parade, barbecue dinner and lots of activities. It gives everyone a reason to celebrate how great it is to be an American. With red, white, and blue bunting and flags draped from its many turn-of-the-century buildings, the town of Comfort has earned the reputation of being the most patriotic little town in the Texas Hill Country, making its Independence Day celebration popular with visitors and Hill Country area residents alike.“For many, attending the Independence Day celebration in Comfort is a family tradition,” said Regina Alexander, manager of the Comfort Chamber of Commerce. “We are offering a day full of family fun, and we hope visitors will spend the weekend in Comfort. We offer lodging that includes some beautiful historic bed-and-breakfasts as well as country cabins and motels.”Following in the tradition of old-fashioned Independence Day festivities, Comfort celebrates with patriotic décor along the streets, an all-American parade, and a community barbecue dinner. The event includes:Patriotic Parade. Comfort kicks off the holiday at 10:30 a.m. with its annual parade, which each year provides a colorful and fun way to celebrate the birth of our country. Strong community participation results in almost 100 entries. Visitors are likely to see everyone from Uncle Sam to Miss Comfort and her court. The parade includes floats, classic cars, antique tractors, bicycles, and pets, all decked out in their patriotic finery. The parade travels through the downtown historic area on High Street and then on to Comfort Park, located on Highway 27, off of IH-10. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets. The best seats are on the street curbs along the parade route.Texas-Style Barbecue. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. a delicious Texas-style barbecue brisket dinner with beans, potato salad and all the trimmings will be served at Comfort Park for a nominal charge. Members of the Comfort Volunteer Fire Department stay up all night to cook the food as their civic contribution for the holiday. Serving continues until 2 p.m. Comfort Park is located on Highway 27, off of IH-10.Independence Day Shopping. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat along the street in the downtown historic district for the parade, allow time to browse the great stores there. Known for its antiques, Comfort has more than 40 antiques dealers in town. Continue shopping at the arts and crafts vendors in Comfort Park.Family Fun. The community celebration at Comfort Park will include moon bounces and carnival-style games for the kids, all for a nominal charge, and a display of antique tractors. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Comfort has accommodations to meet the needs of almost any traveler from cabins in the country, to lavishly decorated Victorian era mansions and picturesque creek side and river side lodging. Many will be decorated for the holiday. Other types of lodging available in Comfort include two RV parks and a motel. The town also is an easy drive from San Antonio and Austin for families who want to celebrate Independence Day in the Hill Country.For more information on the Independence Day Celebration in Comfort, visit our Web site, www.comfortchamberofcommerce.com or phone 830-995-3131. Also, visit us on Facebook.