El Paso Streetcar returns with rides to honor Nation’s Birthday

Officials with the City of El Paso announced the return of the Streetcar to commemorate the nation’s 245th birthday by offering a little something for everyone from story time to live music to free rides on Saturday, July 3, 2021. 

The first event of the day will be a “Read & Ride” hosted in coordination with the El Paso Public Library. The event promotes literacy while inviting families to ride the historic streetcars and enjoy the readings of patriotic children’s books. 

Passengers will be able to appreciate the recitations of “Happy 4th of July, Sweeney!” By Leslie Kimmelman and “Apple Pie 4th of July” by Janet S. Wong.  

This free event starts at 10 a.m. and boarding will take place at the Glory Road Transit Center, 100 Glory Road, which will offer free parking. 

For more information, please call (915) 212-READ. 

The second July 3rd event is for music lovers who won’t want to miss the entertaining Trolley Tracks experience. The El Paso Streetcar will feature live music performances in partnership with the City of El Paso and the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department.  

 Passengers can hop on the streetcar at Franklin Avenue and El Paso Street for free starting at 5 p.m. to enjoy live music from the rumba flamenco band Sangre Gitana, and at 5:30 p.m. to listen to jazz pianist Leo Bennato. 

Also on July 3rd, the El Paso Streetcar will provide free service from 4 p.m. to midnight to allow residents an opportunity to explore all that Downtown and Uptown El Paso has to offer. 

Officials remind participants and riders that face masks are required on the El Paso Streetcar due to regulations from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. 

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