Fourth of July 2011 in the Woodlands, Texas

Fourth of July festivities start Saturday, July 2. There is a wide variety of events, something sure to please everyone.

July 2, 2011: The 4th of July weekend will have a warm-up event with Waterway Nights located at Waterway Square at the corner of Waterway Avenue and Lake Robbins. The event will feature NiteBeat Band, who play a variety of music; except to hear some patriotic tunes! There will also be strolling entertainers, including, but not limited to, a face painter and caricature artist. Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome. This is a free event.

July 3, 2011: The Star Spangled Salute will once again be performed by the Houston Symphony at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This is a free family event, although parking can be purchased for $5 (plus a service fee) in advance from Ticketmaster. There will be a variety of classical music from Wendel, Tchaikovsky and many others. Children can meet Uncle Sam and Puffy the Pinecone, see a living Statue of Liberty, get a free American flag and/or pinwheel (while supplies last), or participate with the crew from Radio Disney in games, prizes and dancing. No outside beverages allowed, but picnics are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the concert starts at 8:00 PM.

For those looking for more of a subtle affair, come out and watch the Oak Ridge North 4th of July Parade on July 3rd at 6:30 PM! If you would rather participate, decorate your bike, wagon, or car and join in. The parade will line up at the corner of Patsy Lane and Susan Lane. It then runs along Patsy Lane and Westwood Drive to Marilyn Edgar Park. Following the parade, there will be refreshments, swimming and a movie at the park. All activities are free.

July 4, 2011: There is a multitude of events taking place on the Fourth of July. The first of which is the largest 4th of July parade anywhere in South Montgomery County. The parade runs throughout Market Street in The Woodlands and starts at 9:00 AM. Be sure to come early and bring a chair'”a battery operated fan is a good idea, too. While you wait, there will be entertainment from strolling performers and balloon artists.

Once you finish watching the parade, be sure to head over to any of the 13 The Woodlands pools for a free day of swimming and fun. Each pool will be open 10:00 AM ‘” 8:00 PM and offer refreshments and activities 12:00 PM ‘” 4:00 PM, free of charge. Additionally at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center in Village Creek Park will be The Entergy Duck Race at 1:00 PM benefiting Montgomery County Emergency Assistant Center. Purchase ducks for $5 each or 6 for $25 and see if you win a wonderful prize.

Over at North Shore Park 5:30 PM ‘” 6:30 PM is the Things That Go Bike Parade. Entries are open to bikes, tricycles, scooters or wagons. Decorating materials will be provided, but you may also bring your own to create a more unique look. The event is open to all children 14 years and younger; each entry costs $5.

Events at North Shore Park do not end there. There will be a free concert in the park starting at 7:00 PM ‘” 9:00 PM featuring the Buck Yeager Band, a local country music favorite. The playground will keep kids busy and you can bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic dinner; limited grills available for cooking. Your also welcome to fish off the shore or pier. North Shore offers a great view of the fireworks.

Across the lake, starting at 6:00 PM ‘” 10:00 PM is the 14th Annual Red, Hot and Blue Festival at The Woodlands Town Center in Town Green Park where entertainment abounds. There will be live music by Vertigo on the Town Green Stage and by Mingo Fishtrap on the Waterway Square Stage. There will also be hot dog and watermelon eating contests, strolling entertainers, balloon artists, face painters, an interactive fountain, games and inflatable jumpers and slides. Entrance to the festival is free. No outside food or drinks are allowed; venders will be onsite. Tickets must be purchased to play on inflatables. Food sales are by ticket. $1 equals 1 ticket. No need to move anywhere after the festival, as the view of the fireworks is great from the festival; Waterway Square offers the best view in the entire area.

For a quieter festival, head over to Marilyn Edgar Park in Oak Ridge North on Hillside Drive. There will be swimming for residents, and a playground for all. Free soft drinks and 25 cent hot dogs are will be available. Marilyn Edgar Park also offers a fantastic view of the fireworks.

Once the sun goes down, the top of the Anadarko Building will light up with a magnificent display of fireworks; the best in South Montgomery County, second only to Houston in the State of Texas. The show lasts approximately 23 minutes and music is simulcast on Sunny 99.1.