July 04--You don't have to go far to find fun Fourth of July events around the Brazos Valley.
The largest celebration draws up to 10,000 people at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where the College Station Noon Lions Club plays host.
The museum offers free admission all day and the party starts at 5 p.m. Friday with free watermelon, activities, face painting, kids' games, bounce houses and live entertainment.
Kicking off the entertainment lineup is local country singer Katye Hamlin, followed by The Greg Tivis Jazz Band at 6:15. Headliner and country singer Bret Graham will take the stage at 7:20 p.m.
Then the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra will follow at 8:50, sponsored by H-E-B, Wells Fargo and Union Pacific, and the fireworks show will begin around 9:45 p.m.
Another big hit for the region is the Brazos July 4th Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at the Washington-on-the-Brazos Stage Historic Site.
"If you want to feel like you're going to a destination without having to travel far, we are your destination," said Jonathan Failor, park ranger at the site. "I think the very nature of the Fourth of July evokes a strong sense of history. When you're celebrating the birth of the United States, where better to do that than the birthplace of Texas?"
A free concert by Josh Ward starts at 7 p.m., and a fireworks show at 9:15.
Other events around town include:
--Old Fashioned Independence Day, 9:30 a.m.Heritage Park, Bryan. Sponsored by The Brazos Heritage Society. Flag-raising ceremony, patriotic readings and music, a children's parade, games and activities, and refreshments. 775-6614.
--Independence Day Celebration, noon to 6 p.m.Adamson Lagoon and Cindy Hallaran & Thomas Pool. Pack up the family for an exciting day at the pool. Games every hours, duck derby, noodle races, $1 hot dogs and more. Cstx.gov/pools or 764-3540.
--Spirit Ice Arena Fourth of July Celebration, noon to 6:30 p.m.Spirit Ice Arena, 400 Holleman Drive E., College Station. Skating, barbecue and a movie on the ice. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. $4 for skating, $10 for skating and barbecue. 693-3900 or email@example.com.
--Foxfire Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade, 9 a.m. Foxfire Drive Triangle, College Station. Decorated bikes, trikes, people and pets will march around the Triangle three times to celebrate Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Refreshments will be served; all are invited. 764-7287.
--Navasota 4th of July Celebration and Parade, 10 a.m. Navasota Center. The parade will begin at Prosperity Bank at 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to join in. After the parade, there will be a carnival at Navasota Center.
--"I Love the 4th of July in Chappell Hill," 10 a.m.Main Street in Chappell Hill. The "biggest small town parades" in the area, followed by "Cool Roads in Chappell Hill" car show from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with train rides, food vendors, petting zoo, kid activities and live music by Haley Cole. Chappellhilltx.com.
--Independence Day Celebration, 11 a.m.Brazos County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4692, 794 N. Harvey Mitchell Parkway, Bryan. Barbecue plates with all the trimmings will be served. The public may also pick up plates to go. Plates cost $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Family fun activities throughout the day include kids' games, face painting, a cake wheel and silent auction. A turkey shoot will start at 2 p.m. Help support veterans and their many programs.
--Kurten Fireworks Show, 3 p.m.Kurten Community Center. Fundraiser for District 2 Volunteer Fire Department. Kid activities, live music by The Silverado Band, concessions stands and firework show. www.facebook.com/pages/Brazos-County-District-2-Volunteer-Fire-Department/141990694145?ref=br_tf
--First Friday on July 4th, 6 p.m.Downtown Bryan. The Brazos Valley TROUPE will perform a fun and festive patriotic performance at the Palace Theater, followed by a performance by the Brazos Valley Community Band. A screening of The Incredibles will be shown at 9 p.m. Free ice cream and soda will be provided by Blue Bell Creameries and Bryan Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Free concert at 8 p.m. at Grand Stafford Theater. Downtownbryan.com.
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