July 4th is special in Texas and hard to miss no matter where you're at... find a July 4th party in your neighborhood...Here's our TOP TEN for the season!
Everybody loves a good party, and special holidays - like July 4th - provide some of the best in Texas!
Regardless where you live or visit in the Lone Star State, there will be plenty of patriotism on parade July 4th weekend (July1-4) across Texas, and while we don't have room to list them all, we've collected a list of what we think will be the Top Ten Best for you to consider attending. So get out your red, white and blue T-shirts, headbands, bumper stickers and ball caps, it's time to celebrate our national independence!
The 33rd Annual Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic is being held in the Fort Worth Stockyards again this year. In 2004, Willie moved his Picnic to Fort Worth and the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, celebrating his 50th anniversary to the start of his Country Music career. A majority of Willie's Picnic's have been held in the Austin area and as far west as Dripping Springs and Luckenbach, to as far east as College Station and now as far north as Fort Worth.
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Amarillo: July 4th Fireworks
The Texas Panhandle's largest fireworks display, sponsored by the Amarillo Globe-News. More than 50,000 people gather near Thompson Park to view this spectacular event. Time: Sunset. Cost: Free. Location: Ross Rogers Golf Course in Thompson Park (US Highway 287 north). Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. For more information, call 806-376-4488.
Arlington: 41st Annual 4th of July Parade
Organized by the Arlington 4th of July Association, this parade has become one of the largest in Texas. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a true, old-fashioned community parade. With over 150 entries that include marching bands to exotic automobiles, military color guards to clowns, and dignitaries to unique presentations, the theme of what Independence Day is all about is evident. Parade entries and volunteer helpers are welcome. Time: 9am, lasting about two hours. Cost: Free. Location: UTA/downtown Arlington. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 817-275-3706 or visit www.arlington4th.com.
Baytown: July 4th Celebration
An evening of festivities is scheduled, featuring a variety of family-oriented activities including a parade, food booths, craft booths, a children's amusement area, live entertainment, and a fireworks display. Cost: No Admission. Location: Bicentennial Park (Market Street / Lee Drive) in Baytown.
Chappell Hill: 30th Annual 4th of July Parade
"Best Small Town Parade in America," featuring floats, cowboys, antique cars, the renowned Marching Kazoo Band. Creative entries welcomed. Prizes awarded. Time: 10am. Cost: Free admission. Location: Downtown Chappell Hill. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 979-337-9910 or visit www.chappellhilltx.com.
Lake Jackson: Old Fashion 4th Celebration
An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration for the entire family. The day begins with food, games, fun, family and friends, ending at dusk with a spectacular fireworks display. Time and cost: TBA. Location: MacLean Park, 91 Lake Road. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 409-297-4533.
Lubbock: Fourth on Broadway
A celebration of the 4th of July with a parade and street fair. The parade begins at 10am, followed by live music, and a wide array of food and craft booths lined up along Broadway. The day ends with a concert and fireworks display. Time: All Day. Cost: Free. Location: Broadway Street.
FESTIVAL - Rockport: Rockport Art Festival
Central to coastal Texas' Independence Day celebrations, Rockport Art Festival is in its 35th year. This well-known art town's juried fine arts festival hosts 125+ artists hailing from across U.S. In a tented atmosphere adjacent to Rockport Center for the Arts, it is snuggled up to Aransas and Little Bays and Rockport's Harbor and Beach Park. Includes artists' demonstrations, specialty foods, live entertainment, special shopping, and hands-on art activities for children. Time: 10am - 6pm Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday; Special Performance 8pm Saturday. Cost: $5 daytime; $10 nighttime.
Fireworks Extravaganza. Celebrate our nation's independence where Texas declared her independence. HEB Presents Fireworks-On-The-Brazos with free Blue Bell ice cream and Coca-Cola drinks, live patriotic concert and a fireworks extravaganza. Time: 10am-10pm. Cost: Free. Location: Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 12300 Park Road 12, Washington, TX
The Woodlands: 9th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival
The Woodlands' single largest event is held in Town Green Park on the banks of The Woodlands Waterway. The 23-minute fireworks show, shot over The Woodlands Town Center, is the second largest in the Greater Houston region, second only to downtown Houston. Time: Call. Cost: Call. Location: From I-45 going South: Take the Robinson Road/Woodlands Parkway exit #76. Continue on I-45 feeder to Woodlands Parkway and turn right. Follow Festival Parking signs to park. From I-45 going North: Take the Woodlands Parkway exit (76B) and travel west on Woodlands Parkway. Follow Festival Parking signs.