Celebrate Independence Day

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.

Forming in 2011, the Ruxpins are Brandon St. John (vocals, guitar), Canaan Barborek (vocals, guitar), Cade McKay (bass), Chris Williamson (guitar) and Randall Garrett (drums).

“The Fourth of July concert and fireworks display is a special celebration that everyone is sure to enjoy,” said Brandy Judice, coordinator of the Orange CVB.

For more information, view orangetexas.org or call (409) 883-1011.


The City of Beaumont presents its 30th annual Fourth of July Celebration on Monday, July 4, beginning at 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park.

This annual activity offers a sensational salute to our nation’s past with live music in downtown Beaumont, a patriotic performance by the Symphony of Southeast Texas at Julie Rogers Theatre, and a breathtaking fireworks display over the Neches River.

Park gates open at 5 p.m. and the grand fireworks display, which will be accompanied by patriotic music, will begin promptly at 9 p.m. Admission to all events and performances is free, and food and beverage booths will be set up near the Beaumont Civic Center and Riverfront Park.

The festivities begin with live music by the Flava Band, featuring the best in rock, R&B, dance, party, oldies and sing along, and the band Far Cry.

Free parking is available in several lots in downtown Beaumont including the Civic Center and City Hall.

The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) once again joins the City of Beaumont for the annual Fourth of July Celebration. The orchestra’s patriotic concert will be held on Monday at 8 p.m., inside the Julie Rogers Theatre, and is free and open to the public as well.

The musical celebration of our nation’s independence will feature such well-loved marches as “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “National Emblem” marches, “Summon the Heroes” and more. A new feature this year will have the orchestra joined by the vocal talents of the Calvary Baptist Church chorus performing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

The concert will also include a “Salute to the Armed Forces” honoring servicemen and women from past and present. The July 4 performance is always a lively celebration of our great nation and is sure to be as explosive as the fireworks show that follows.

Port Arthur

It’s an old fashioned Fourth of July Celebration behind the Gates Memorial Library on the campus of Lamar State College – Port Arthur (317 Stillwell Blvd.) from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, July 4.

There will be plenty of family events, outdoor games, sack races, darts, volleyball, an auto show, live music, face painting, an apple pie baking contest, a patriotic bike/wagon parade for kids 12 and under, plus you can take a picture with Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty.

A fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.


The City of Nederland will host its fifth annual Fireworks Extravaganza on Independence Day at Doornbos Park at 2301 Avenue H. The Nederland Pool will be open from 5-10 p.m. (regular rates apply), and there will be plenty of activities for kids including a bike/wagon parade at 6:30 p.m.

Local band Still Cruisin’ will perform at 7 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Lake Charles

Our neighbors in Louisiana will celebrate Red, White, Blue and You beginning at 6 p.m. with a street parade on Ryan Street in downtown Lake Charles. Bluegrass band Market Blue will perform outdoor at the Civic Center Amphitheatre followed by the Lake Charles Community Band with a salute to the armed forces. Fireworks over the lake will begin at 9:15 p.m. The event is free.


It’s two days of free celebration in Baytown on July 3-4 at Bicentennial Park (1001 Market St). There will be food, craft and game vendors.

Music begins on Sunday, July 3, at 6 p.m. with KISS Alike, the ultimate KISS tribute band, and the’ 70s folk rock act America at 8 p.m.

Monday, July 4, gates open at 4 p.m. with music from Texas country artists Whiskey Myers and Josh Abbott Band at 6 p.m. Fireworks will conclude the event at 9:30 p.m.


A plethora of Independence Day events are scheduled for Houston, beginning with Freedom Over Texas on Monday at Eleanor Tinsley Park in downtown near Buffalo Bayou from 4-10 p.m. Live music from Hootie & The Blowfish vocalist Darius Rucker will be accompanied by a kid zone and beer garden. Admission is $10.

Houston Symphony conductor Steven Reinke and musicians will perform outside at 8:30 p.m. at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive) on Monday along with cannons, fireworks and more. The show will end with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Free admission.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (6003 Memorial Drive) will host an event on July 4 from 1-5 p.m. featuring a reading of the Declaration of Independence. There will be performers, arts and crafts and more. Admission is free.

CityCentre (800 Town and Country Blvd.) will celebrate Independence Day with four nights of live music beginning July 1. On July 4, the venue will host a fireworks spectacular at 9:30 p.m. Restaurants will offer menu items.

For the 26th consecutive year, the Houston Symphony will take over the Woodlands Pavilion with a free performance titled “Star-Spangled Salute.” The event is Sunday, July 3, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. The event is free.


The island will celebrate Independence Day with a parade at 7:45 p.m. on Seawall Boulevard followed by a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m.


The Kemah Boardwalk will host live music and a patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay at 9:30 p.m.