Fourth of July: For the first time, Event Centre hosts evening's festivities

Beaumont with fireworks

It’s a long-standing event like no other as the City of Beaumont presents its 32nd annual Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Wednesday, July 4, but with a brand new location. The Downtown Event Centre (700 Crockett St.) will become the hub of activity for the yearly tradition, which will include live entertainment, food trucks, a Budweiser beer garden and an unforgettable fireworks display. This year marks the addition of a spectacular laser light show on the lake, presented by JK Subaru, to kick off the fireworks presentation.

The location changed after Riverfront Park sustained damage in 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.

“The new location, addition of the laser light show on the lake, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas performance on the Great Lawn all bring new and exciting elements to this 32-year-old tradition in our community,” said Emily Wheeler, division manager, City of Beaumont Event Facilities. “The lasers and fireworks displays will be spectacular, and with three stages of live music, kids’ activities, food trucks and a beer garden, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Gates open at 5 p.m. with food, live music and more fun. The Symphony of Southeast Texas will perform a free outdoor concert on the Great Lawn at 8 p.m. thanks to concert contributors Community Bank and HEB.

“The musical celebration of our nation’s independence will feature such well-loved marches as ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ ‘A Salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes,’ ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ and others,” said Douglas Fair, executive director of the SOST. “Of course we will close with ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.’”

The symphony will have guest conductor Pierre-Alain Chevalier to lead. The French-born Chevalier was a winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition in 2016. In addition to his post with the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, Chevalier is adjunct instructor of music at San Jacinto College, Lone Star College and Lee College.

The symphony’s performance will be followed by a laser light show on the lake at 8:45 p.m., and fireworks will light up the Beaumont sky at 9 p.m.

Admission to all events and performances is free, and families can enjoy the Beaumont Rotary Centennial Playground and other kids activities. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are permitted but are subject to search. No outside alcohol may be brought into the event. Local food trucks will offer a selection of food, beverages and sweet treats

Multiple stages will feature live music by Junior Gordon Band, Cool Breeze Houston Band, Aaron Hendra, Briana Adams Music and Andre Anthony Harness.