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2009 Freedom Days
Fourth of July Events
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, July 03, 2009

A variety of parades, fireworks displays, concerts and other entertainment is scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend in the Gulf Coast Region.

July 3 Activities:

The Houston Symphony will perform at the annual Star-Spangled Salute at 8 p.m. at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The free concert will include patriotic works such as "1812 Overture", "American Salute" and "America the Beautiful".

Fulshear will host a parade and celebration from 6:30-11 p.m., honoring Judge Briscoe Bentley, a World War II veteran. The celebration will be held across from the Fulshear United Methodist Church and include a fireworks display.

Groves will host a Red, White & Blue Bike, Trike and Wagon Parade and decorating contest at 6:45 p.m. at Celebration Park. The event will also include performances by Ken Marvel and Swamp Rock, 6-9 p.m.

Bridge City Will host the Freedom Celebration Car Show at 6 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 201 Roberts Avenue. Entry fees for the show are $15 on the day of the show.

July 4 Activities:

Alvin will host its annual Fourth of July fireworks display adjacent to Alvin Community College. Entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the Alvin Community Band, with fireworks to begin at approximately 9 p.m.

Baytown will host a July 4th Celebration Parade on Market Street at Bicentennial Park beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Beaumont will host festivities at Riverfront Park starting at 5 p.m., with food and music, including a demonstration by the Ground Rush Skydiving Group at 7 p.m. The Symphony of Southeast Texas will play at the Julie Rogers Theatre at 8 p.m. 

In Dickinson, the Pilot Club will sponsor a Fourth of July parade at 9 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Pavilion at 4613 State Highway 3.

Houston will host its 2009 Freedom Over Texas with Fireworks Presented by Shell. The free show will open at 4 p.m., with three stages showcasing local and regional music talent. Headlining the concert event will be country musician Clay Walker, who will take the stage at 8 p.m. Fireworks are expected to begin at 9:30 p.m., after the close of the concert.

The Houston Symphony will perform a free concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre at 8:30 p.m. as part of its KPRC Local 2 Summer Symphony Nights Series.

Friendswood will host its 114th annual Fourth of July Celebration, starting with a parade on Friendswood Drive at 10 a.m. At the parade's conclusion, the city will host a celebration at Stevenson Park, which will include live entertainment, games, rides and food. The evening program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, with the Bellamy Brothers headlining the evening's entertainment. A fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Galveston will hold its Fourth of July Parade and Celebration starting at 10 a.m. at the Galveston Historical Railroad Museum on 25th Street. This year's parade marshal is KPRC-Local 2 Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley. Following the parade, a celebration will be held at the railroad museum, with music by Sparky Koerner and a patriotic program hosted by Joe Huff of Galveston College.

The Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees will host a 25-minute fireworks salute at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard in Galveston.

The Gilchrist Community Association will host its "Rocking on Rollover" fishing tournament at Rollover Pass. Registration is 8-11 a.m., with last catch at 6 p.m.

The Kingwood Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Feather Lakes/West Lake Houston Parkway/Kingwood Drive in Kingwood.

The Lindale Park Civic Club in Houston will host a July 4th Parade at 10 a.m., beginning at 800 Eleanor.

Kemah will begin events at 10 a.m. with the Children's Bicycle Parade followed by the Main Parade at 10:30. Both parades begin at the Schoolhouse Museum parking lot on Bradford Avenue at 6th Street.
The Kemah Boardwalk’s annual fireworks display will begin about 9:30 p.m.

La Marque's citywide Independence Day celebration will begin with a children’s decorated tricycle and bicycle parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at City Hall, 1111 Bayou Road.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur will host an Independence Day Celebration starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment and a fireworks display over the Sabine-Neches Waterway. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. near the Carl Parker Center on Lakeshore Drive.

La Porte will sponsor its Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m. The parade starts at Main and Broadway. The La Porte fireworks show will be held at Sylvan Beach Park at 9:15 p.m.

Nassau Bay will sponsor a fireworks show on Clear Lake beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Pasadena will host its annual 4th Fest at the Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds, 4-10 p.m. The festival will hold a midway parade and opening ceremony at 6 p.m., and fireworks later in the evening. The festival will have live music and other entertainment.

Rosenberg will host its Family 4th Celebration from 4-10 p.m. at Seabourne Creek Park. The event will include gifts and entertainment from Radio Disney, concerts from performers "Let It Ride" and "DoubleBack", and a fireworks display to start at 9:15 p.m.

Shangri La in Orange will host an Independence Day event, offering free watermelon and a patriotic concert by the Orange Community Band. Shangri La will observe its normal operating hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sugar Land will host its 24th Annual Red, White and Bluefest, 5-10 p.m. at Oyster Creek Park. The event will include live music and other entertainment. A fireworks display will begin shortly after 9:30 p.m.

The Texas City Independence Day Parade will begin at the City High School Stadium, 1500 Ninth Avenue N. at 10 a.m.

July 5 Activities

Moody Gardens will host a fireworks display following a concert by American Idol contest champion David Cook, who will perform at the KRBE 104 FM Moody Gardens Outdoor Ampitheater. The concert is a ticketed event. Moody Gardens will also offer extended hours at Palm Beach, 6-10 p.m. Admission is $6.

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