Independence Day celebrations

Independence Day celebrations

Independence Day is right around the corner, and with the Fourth of July this year falling on a Tuesday, it might not be bad to plan ahead as several cities will celebrate the holiday with plenty of activities.

The City of Beaumont presents the annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, beginning at 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park (805 Main St.) in downtown Beaumont. This annual activity offers a sensational salute to our nation’s past with live musical performances from The Flava Band and Still Cruisin’, plus a patriotic performance by the Symphony of Southeast Texas at Julie Rogers Theatre, and a breathtaking fireworks display over the Neches River.

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.

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

The orchestra’s patriotic concert will be at 8 p.m. inside the Julie Rogers Theatre. A highlight of the concert is a “Salute to the Armed Forces” honoring servicemen and women from past and present

The evening will conclude at 9 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by patriotic music.

Orange

The Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau will host its annual free concert and fireworks celebration from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at the Riverfront Pavilion and Boardwalk (601 W. Division) in downtown Orange.

Southern rock/classic country/Cajun act Dustin Sonnier will perform at 7 p.m. followed by a massive firework show at 9 p.m.

There will be food and drinks available for purchase, as well as plenty of children’s activities.

Port Arthur

There will be an “Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration” in Port Arthur on Tuesday, July 4. Family events will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Gates Memorial Library (3137 Stillwell Blvd.) including sack races, darts, volleyball, a car show, live music, face painting and more. Kids can also get their photo taken with Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty. There will also be a bike/wagon contest and patriotic parade. The evening will conclude with fireworks.

Nederland

Doornbos Park (2301 Avenue H) in Nederland will be the site of the sixth annual Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. There will be food vendors, bike and wagon parade and live music, plus fireworks will light up the sky at 9:15 p.m.

Baytown

It will be a free two-day celebration with our neighbors to the west in Baytown on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, at Bicentennial Park (1001 Market St.).

Expect food vendors, shopping and plenty of live music with the Mambo Jazz Kings on July 3 at 6 p.m. followed by “America’s Favorite Jam Band,” Grand Funk Railroad, at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4, gates will open at 4 p.m. with music from Picture Book (4:30 p.m.), Al White & Chaparral Band (6 p.m.) and national country music touring artist Josh Turner will play at 8 p.m.

There will be a parade at 5:30 p.m. as well as a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Galveston

The Island of Galveston will host its 178th Fourth of July Celebration on Independence Day. The annual parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers begins at 7:30 p.m. The parade starts on Seawall Boulevard at 59th Street and ends at 22nd Street. After the parade, the sky will light up with a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico beginning at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall.

Near Galveston, the Kemah Boardwalk will be the place to be July 4 with live music and a patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay at 9:30 p.m.

Lake Charles

The annual Red White Blue & You Celebration will take place Tuesday, July 4, and the center of activities will be the Lake Charles Civic Center (900 Lakeshore Drive). A parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Ryan Street and run from Mill Street to Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive.

Activities at the Civic Center Arcade Pavilion begin at 6:30 p.m. with a patriotic concert by the Lake Charles Community Band and recognition of the armed forces. There will be on-site food vendors and face painting for the kids, and every member of the audience will receive a complimentary flag to wave.

The evening will be topped off with a fireworks extravaganza over the lake. All events are free to attend.

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