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Celebrating 4th of July in The Woodlands

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Celebrate July 4th, 2016 in The Woodlands! The best place for fireworks for miles around is The Woodlands, Texas. But that's not all! The Woodlands has Fourth of July activities planned several days of July 4th week. Independence Day provides a chance to rekindle your patriotic spirit and, of course, show your national pride the entire holiday week. While traditional celebrations like fireworks displays and cookouts are always fun, there are other ways to celebrate the birth of America. If you're looking for new or different ways to celebrate the holiday, we've got all the best options here. To our knowledge, most any of the 4th of July activities and events we have included below are pet-friendly as well (at least, those not at the swimming pools!). Just be sure to abide by the Montgomery County Animal Control restraint laws and all should be well. And please pick up after your pets!

On Sunday evening, July 3 head on over to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for the Houston Symphony's Star Spangled Salute starting at 8:00 PM, with free pre-concert activities for the whole family including patriotic characters, music, arts and crafts, souvenirs and more in the North Plaza start at 6:30.

 

July 4th Star Spangled Salute The Pavilion

Bring a friend, family, kids, co-workers or even a date as well as something to eat to this FREE event and take in the sights and sounds of the Houston Symphony led by conductor Steven Reineke, and accompanied by Kristine Reese & Billy Tighe, vocalists. Enjoy traditional patriotic favorites, an old-fashioned Texas sing along, and a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's famed "1812 Overture," complete with cannons on the hill.

Next up, the South County Independence Day Parade at Market Street, beginning at 9:00 AM on July 4, with entertainment along the parade route beginning at 8:00 AM. The Woodlands 4th of July Parade parade will start at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, proceed south on Grogan's Mill Road, then east on Lake Robbins Drive before entering Market Street. After a lap around Central Park, the parade will exit to the north on Lake Woodlands Drive then proceed west, finally turning back south on Grogan's Mill to return to the church. See the map, below, for the parade route. The theme for 2016 is Music of America, and this year's Grand Marshall is Darryl Bayer.

the woodlands town center fourth of july parade

Once again this year, local Boy Scout troops will be collecting American flags which have become worn, torn and faded, to retire at an official American flag retirement ceremony. Do you have an American flag that's seen better days? Bring it to the parade and drop it off with the Boy Scouts at tables located at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, in front of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and at Market Street. Then at 6:30 PM, head on over to The Woodlands Central Fire Station at 9951 Grogan's Mill Road to attend the formal ceremony.

Free parking for The Woodlands 4th of July Parade is available in designated areas, including the Market Street Parking Garage, the Orange, Yellow, and Blue Lots on Timberloch Place, and the Town Center Parking Garage at Six Pines Drive and Lake Robbins Drive. Handicap Parking is available at the Gold Lot (the surface parking at the Town Center Parking Garage/The Pavilion), as well as the South County Library parking lot on Lake Robbins Drive. Paid parking is available at the 24 Waterway parking garage, located on Lake Robbins Drive.

 

Annual July 4th duck race at rob fleming parkCome 4th of July, everyone wants to escape the heat in the middle of the day and cool off - and what better way to do that than at Splash Days in any one of The Woodlands Community Pools. Summer fun is waiting for you at one of The Woodlands' 14 pools and aquatic facilities with special themes, complimentary refreshments & scheduled activities from Noon - 4:00 PM at each pool. Free swimming is all day, from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

 

Returning for the ninth year to the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center is The 2016 Crisis Assistance Center Duck Derby, benefiting the Montgomery County Crisis Assistance Center Programs. Ducks can be adopted for $5.00 each, $25.00 for a quack pack of six, or $50.00 for a flock of 13. The ducks will slide at 3:00 PM and winners will be awarded fabulous prizes - a $2,500 gift card to first place, $1,000 gift card to second place, and a wine tasting for up to 20 people at Bernhardt Winery for third place! Event and adoption information is available at the official website.

 

4th of july concert in the park

Take in the FREE 4th of July Concert in The Park at Northshore Park, featuring The Spicolis! Concert begins at 5:30 PM, and will end just prior to the fireworks! Bring a blanket, picnic dinner and lawn chairs to enjoy leisure time with your family! Bring the kids to Northshore Park at 4:30 for the "Things That Go" Bike Parade and Decorating Contest. Families are invited to parade their patriotically-decorated bike around the park with awards to follow. Decorating materials will be provided, or you can bring your own. The event is free and open to children ages 14 and under. The parade will begin at 4:15, with judging to begin at 5:15. And the best part is, now you don't have to go anywhere else, you can now park once and get to all of the fun on foot - from Red, Hot & Blue at Town Green Park, to Concert In The Park, plus all the , all happening in Town Center!

In addition to the Concert In The Park at Northshore Park, The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation department will host another free live music event by the band Sawdust Road at the Hughes Landing Restaurant Row stage from 5:30 - 9:30 PM. There will also be live entertainment in Central Park at Market Street when the weather cools down. The shopping and entertainment destination will host popular tunes throughout the decades performed by cover band Breakfast at Tiffany's from 7:00 - 9:15 PM.

After you've cooled off at Splash Days, it's time to head on out to Town Center and enjoy the Red, Hot and Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza starting at 6:00 PM. The festival begins at Town Green Park and continues down The Woodlands Waterway to Waterway Square Park. The Red, Hot & Blue Celebration will be action packed from start to finish. At Town Green Park the Hot Dog and Watermelon Eating Contests get underway at 6:30, and live bands will be multiple stages. Hot Dog Eating Contests at will be at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00; and Watermelon Eating Contests will be at 6:45, 7:15, 7:45 and 8:15. Participants may sign up for the Eating Contests at the HEB Tent located near the front of Town Green Park. Winners will be announced from the main stage at Town Green Park at approximately 8:50.

July 4th Red Hot Blue Fesival Fireworks

Bring your family and friends out for a day filled with live music, face painting, strolling performers, games, the hot dog and watermelon and eating contests, vendor booths, concessions and much more. The 19th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza is free and open to the public. There may be some costs associated with some activities, and costs will vary. All sales by ticket only. One ticket equals $1.00. Ticket booths will be located in both Festival locations. Retail vendors may accept cash.

 

Entertainment scheduled for The Woodlands Red, Hot & Blue festival includes: on the Town Green Waterway Stage - Synchroncity III (a "Police" tribute band); on the Town Green Park Stage - Fidelity Maxx (a Rhythm & Blues/Pop band); and on the Waterway Square Stage - Danny Ray & the Acoustic Production (a Variety band).

 

Free Parking for The Woodlands Red, Hot & Blue Festival is available in designated areas, including The Woodlands Mall Parking Lot, the Orange, Yellow, and Blue Lots on Timberloch Place. Handicap Parking is available at the Gold Lot (the surface parking at the Town Center Parking Garage/The Pavilion), as well as the South County Library parking lot on Lake Robbins Drive.

 

When the sun goes down, witness one of the largest fireworks displays in the greater Houston area. The Red, Hot and Blue Fireworks Extravaganza is set to start at approximately 9:15 pm. The fireworks will include a very large aerial show over Lake Woodlands, which will be fired from the east side of the lake near Lake Woodlands Drive, and a special effects show across the Waterway from Town Green Park, behind the Riva Row Boat House, to create a bigger and better-than-ever display of pageantry and color. The best fireworks viewing location is at the southwest side of The Woodlands Mall, Northshore Park, Hughes Landing, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, Market Street, as well as along The Waterway and at Town Green Park.

Click HERE for more information about the 4th of July fireworks in The Woodlands, including where to watch the fireworks and parking for the fireworks at Town Center The Woodlands.

Interested in becoming a vendor for this year's Festival? Click HERE to download the Vendor Application. All Applications are due by Friday, June 17, 2016.

4th july parade route woodlands

About The Woodlands 4th of July Parade:

  • Portolets and Restrooms will be available at the four locations indicated with an "X"
  • Water is available for volunteers at various locations including the stage lot, the judging stand and hand out stations.
  • Water is available for participants and viewers in the staging area & the pavilion.
  • For any emergency, contact nearest radio person, they will contact nearest deputy, who will alert parade ambulance and/or parade security.
  • Seniors - Handicap Parking at Gold Lot (& South County Community Center)
  • Senior and Physically Challenged Tent- A tent will be set up on Lake Robbins Drive at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for senior citizens and the physically challenged to obtain respite from the summer heat.
  • Dispersal or throwing of candy & handouts will not be allowed due to safety; ensures that children will not run out into path of vehicles.
  • Announcement of prize winners on phone line (281 210-3975) after 2:00 PM. Prizes awarded at the Red, Hot & Blue Festival.
Parade Sequence of Events
6:00 AM - Earliest volunteers arrive
6:30 AM - Setup of check-in booths, staging lot and judging area begins
7:00 AM - WCSC open for dignitaries
7:00 AM - Commercial floats arrive, locate along Lake Woodlands Drive
7:25 AM - Golf Carts arrive: 2 at staging lot, 2 for general & water distribution
7:30 AM - Refreshments arrive at WCSC for dignitaries
7:35 AM - Constable barricade of Lake Woodlands Drive @ Lake Front Circle begins
8:00 AM - Character and DJ entertainment begins
8:30 AM - Sheriff barricade of streets begins
8:45 AM - Judges relocate to judging stand, dignitaries relocate to their assigned vehicles
8:50 AM - Line-up on Lake Woodlands Drive begins at Grogan's Mill Road
8:55 AM - Marine M/C's make "sweep" of parade route
9:00 AM - Parade starts at Grogan's Mill Road and Lake Woodlands Drive
9:20 AM - 9:25 AM - First elements of parade arrive at judging stand
9:20 AM - First elements of parade arrive at Market Street
9:45 AM - Last elements of parade exit staging lot; first elements of parade arrive at staging lot, may re-enter or immediately depart area by going northbound on Grogan's Mill Road. Westbound on Lake Woodlands will be available as parade clears staging lot exit.
10:00 AM - Last elements of parade clear Grogan's Mill Road (at Lake Robbins), returning elements of parade may now go Southbound on Grogan's Mill Road.
10:30 AM - Parade ends: last elements of parade arrive at staging lot
11:00 AM - Clean up: Removal of trash & recycle bins. Sweeper & Boy Scouts clean streets & staging lot.
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