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Fourth of July Celebrations


Everyone’s favorite mid-summer holiday is next week – what are you doing to celebrate? Here are a few ideas if you haven’t made plans yet.

The Houston Symphony will host a free concert filled with patriotic music at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Monday, July 3 starting at 8pm. Bring the whole family, a picnic and some lawn chairs to enjoy the evening. Gates open at 6:30pm so you can arrive early and find the perfect location for your spread.

On Tuesday, The Woodlands Fourth of July parade starts at 9am, leaving from The Woodlands United Methodist Church and passing by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Complete with fire trucks, jugglers, clowns, floats and marching bands, this parade is fun for the whole family!

The heat is on in The Woodlands, so the township’s pools are open free to all residents on July 4 from 10am to 6pm. They will have special activities and refreshments between noon and 4pm to make the day even more fun.

Got little ones who love to ride their bikes? Dress them up, decorate their bikes in red, white, and blue, and participate in the Things That Go bike parade at Northshore Park. Following the parade, a free concert will be held beginning at 5:30pm. You can also take in some free, live music on Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing at the same start time if bikes aren’t your thing.

In the evening, head on over to Town Green Park and Waterway Square to watch a stunning fireworks display. For about 20 minutes starting around 9pm (or near dark), an extravagant show will light up the sky. Get there early to find a good viewing spot and enjoy the live entertainment, food, and family activities at the festival beforehand. This is the 18th year the community is hosting this festival and it promises to be the biggest and best yet!

If you’re up for a little drive downtown, the 30th annual Freedom Over Texas celebration will take place at Buffalo Bayou from 4-10pm. This huge event comes complete with US Air Force Band of the West, Grammy-nominated artist Hunter Hayes, and multi-platinum selling group DNCE performing live before an enormous fireworks display to complete the evening.

Have a fun, happy Fourth of July and please remember to be safe – no at home fireworks or sparklers are allowed in The Woodlands Township.