Fourth of July celebrations

Fourth of July celebrations

The City of Beaumont presents its annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4 beginning at 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park at 801 Main St. in downtown Beaumont. This annual activity offers a sensational salute to our nation’s past with live performances at Riverfront Park, a patriotic performance by the Symphony of Southeast Texas at Julie Rogers Theatre, and a breathtaking fireworks display over the Neches River.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and fireworks will fill the sky at 9 p.m. Admission to all events and performances is free, and food and beverage booths will be set up in and around the park.

Riverfront Park festivities will include a tribute to our nation’s uniformed heroes at 5 p.m. followed by musical acts Paul Childers and Black Tie Affair, the Flava Band, and Danica and Jeb. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by patriotic music.

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

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

The musical salute to our nation’s independence will include “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “From Sea to Shining Sea” and more. The orchestra will also perform Sousa’s “Washington Post March” under the direction of guest conductor Cynthia Wolf, winner of the Symphony Ball’s July Fourth Guest Conductor auction item. SOST Executive Director Doug Fair will join the SOST trumpet section for a performance of “Bugler’s Holiday” in celebration of his one-year anniversary with the symphony.

The concert will also include a “Salute to the Armed Forces” honoring servicemen and women from past and present. Lawn chairs and coolers are not permitted inside the Julie Rogers Theatre.

Port Arthur

It’s July Fouth on Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur on Saturday beginning at 7:15 p.m. Performances include Lamar State College-Port Arthur Theater Singers, bagpipes by Jeff Courts, the Driftwood Barbershop Quartet and more. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. It’s free for the entire family.

Nederland

The City of Nederland presents the fourth annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Doornbos Park at 2301 Avenue H on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. with a bike and wagon parade. There will also be plenty of activities for the kids, and the pool will be open from 5-9:30 p.m. Local band Still Cruisin’ will perform, and the sky will light up with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Orange

Orange Convention and Visitors is hosting a free event at the Riverfront Pavilion on Saturday, which includes a concert by local act The Ruxpins and fireworks 9 p.m. Gates will be open from 6-10 p.m. and there will be food vendors, snow cones, bounce houses and more. No pets are allowed.

Lake Charles, La

The annual Red, White, Blue and You event begins at 6 p.m. for a Street Parade in downtown Lake Charles. Market Blue (bluegrass) will perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Outdoor Amphitheatre followed by a program and concert at 8 p.m. with the Lake Charles Community Band. Fireworks over the lake will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Baytown

It’s two days of free celebration in Baytown at their Fourth of July Celebration at Bicentennial Park (1001 Market St) beginning Friday, July 3 with music by Gary-Michael Dahl at 6:30 p.m. and headliners .38 Special at 8 p.m.

The fun continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. with live performances by the Texas Avenue Band (4:30 p.m.); Parade down Market Street and Lee Drive (5:30 p.m.); music by Hill Country Jane (6 p.m.); national country artist Clay Walker (8 p.m.); and the festivities will end with a bang with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Along with music and fireworks, there will be variety of food and arts and crafts booths along with a children’s area including a fishing tank and more.

Houston

Plenty of options to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend in Houston starting with Freedom Over Texas on Saturday at Eleanor Tinsley Park (between Memorial Drive and Allen Parkway) from 4-10 p.m. The iconic Houston skyline will set the backdrop for an extraordinary patriotic celebration with musical performances by country artists Clint Black and Josh Turner. There will also be an interactive kid zone and adults can enjoy the beer garden.

City Centre (800 Town and Country Blvd) will host four days of free entertainment beginning on Thursday, July 2 with music from Grady Gaines (7-10 p.m.). On Friday, Texas Unlimited Band (7-10 p.m.) will perform and, on Saturday, the Marcus Eldridge Band will take the stage at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The Coconuts will play on Sunday from 5-8 p.m.

For the 25th consecutive year, the Houston Symphony will takeover the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Friday, July 3, at 8 p.m. for a free event that features Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites. Steven Reineke will conduct and will be joined by vocalist, Christopher Johnstone.

Summer Symphony Nights: Star-Spangled Salute will host a free event held at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive) at 8:30 p.m. The Houston Symphony will play patriotic classics, which will end with the 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons and a firework spectacular.

Also in The Woodlands at Town Green Park and Waterway Square, a free celebration on Saturday will be held from 6-10 p.m. honoring American heroes.

Galveston

The 176th celebration in Galveston begins on Saturday with a parade at 7:30 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 45th Street and ending at 22nd Street. After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.

Kemah

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

Austin

For those seeking an out-of-town venture, the Austin Symphony will present the 39th annual Fourth of July “Concert and Fireworks” on the banks of Lady Bird Lake at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) in front of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The ASO will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by mile-high fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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