The San Antonio Tea Party is currently making final adjustments to their planned 4th of July celebration at the Rio Cibolo Ranch. This family-friendly event is intended to be a celebration with a serious purpose; to educate on the limits and responsibilities of the government as outlined within the U.S. Constitution, and to renew our dedication to the principles outlined by the Founding Fathers.

Political humorist Evan Sayet will be the master of ceremonies for the evening events, which are slated to begin at 4:30. Mr Sayet, who began as a comedy writer, has moved into prominence as a popular speaker and blogger on conservative matters. Marcus Luttrell, military veteran and author of the New York Times best-selling book, Lone Survivor, which told the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs on a mission into the Afghan-Pakistan border, is scheduled to speak, as is Joseph Wurzelbacher, who was catapulted into prominence as “Joe the Plumber,” during the 2008 presidential election season. Other speakers include Dr. Donald R. May, physician, blogger and commentator on public health issues, and local activist Katherine Moreno, who spoke movingly of the immigrant experience at the Tax Day Tea Party in Alamo Plaza.

Live music performances by Steve Vaus, the Chris Story Band, and the Jokers Wild Band, culminating in a traditional firework display after sundown. The flag ceremony will be performed by members of the veterans’ motorcycle group, the Gadsden Riders, and the Freedom Ride, who intend to travel by horseback all the way from Independence, Texas to participate in this Tea Party. The participants in the Freedom Ride will begin their trail ride on Friday, June 26th, gathering at the Old Baylor Park at 10:00 AM. They intend to travel by short stages, from Walker County to the Rio Cibolo Ranch, and time their arrival to participate in our opening flag ceremony. Information about their schedule and progress is at their webpage under the heading “Ride”.

Entrance to the Tea Party 4th of July celebration at the Rio Cibolo Ranch is at no charge, although those planning to attend are asked to register through the SA Tea Party website at . There will be a limited number of V.I.P. permits available for a fee of $10.00 to park at the ranch, which will be available only through the website. Otherwise, guests may park at the San Antonio Raceway, and take a free shuttle to the Ranch.

Games, contests, hayrides and riverboat rides will be available, free of charge. A wide variety of traditional summer-time cookout food, to include BBQ and hamburgers, beer and wine will be available at the Ranch. Participants are encourged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets, although no outside food or beverages, or ice-chests will be permitted.

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