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The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and many will be hosting or attending backyard barbeques. While some of the grill masters will be working and preparing different meats, links and brisket, there are plenty of extras you can add to your patriotic party that will have your friends posting photos on Facebook and Instagram.

Jell-O Firecracker

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The Ruxpins

The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting its annual “Celebrate Independence Day” on Monday, July 4, beginning at 7 p.m. with a live concert from the local Americana rock act The Ruxpins at the Riverfront Pavilion.

At 9 p.m. an unbelievable fireworks show will light up the Orange sky. The event is free and there will be plenty of kids events, snow cones, drinks and more. No pets are allowed.

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A warm summer night, friends, fireworks and barbecue: What is there not to love about the Fourth of July? It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling to the beach, the lake or staying at home; almost everyone does a little outdoor cooking for the holiday. It is definitely a time to celebrate and gather with friends old and new. Lately I have been smoking every weekend as I plan to enter the competition circuit on a limited basis this year, and I am trying to get my seasoning and timing down.

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Actor and comedian Aries Spears will perform this weekend at the Improv in Houston, beginning with two shows on Friday, July 1 (8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.), followed by two shows on Saturday, July 2 (7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.) and one Sunday, July 3 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $25 for ages 18 and older and can be purchased online at www.improvhouston.com.

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The Houston Symphony presents Raiders of the Lost Ark on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 7, at the Jones Hall (615 Louisiana) in downtown Houston at 7:30 p.m. One of film’s greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever, so relive the magic with the amazing adventures of Raiders of the Lost Ark live on the big screen when the Houston Symphony performs John Williams’ score in its entirety. Tickets are $22-$115 and can be purchased online at houstonfirsttheaters.com or by calling (713) 224-7575.

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