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More fireworks featured at Woodlands July 4th celebration

June 24, 2017 GMT

The Woodlands’ Fourth of July festival will pack its biggest punch in the celebration’s 20-year history with fireworks lighting the sky from four locations.

The 20th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza, hosted by The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation Department, starts at 6 p.m. July 4 with the festival. However, the 9 p.m. fireworks displays will provide multiple locations to view the colorful explosion. Fireworks will be launched from Lake Woodlands Drive, Town Green Park, Waterway Square and the Village of Creekside Park.

The Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch said via email that the decision to provide four separate fireworks sites, all sounding off simultaneously, was made to “spread out the celebration and allow residents to choose where they would like to watch the fireworks in their hometown.”

Fireworks started in The Woodlands during its founding in 1974, but the naming of the festival only came two decades ago, according to Nick Wolda, director of Community Relations for The Woodlands Township.

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The Red, Hot & Blue Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. at Town Green Park. The evening will feature live music, food, face painting, clowns, a hot dog eating contest and more.

The Fourth of July tradition has grown annually, with crowd expectations up to 20,000 this year.

“The Red, Hot & Blue Festival was created at a time when there basically was only The Woodlands Mall and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion,” Wolda said. “The idea of the festival was to showcase the new emerging Town Center area that would ultimately feature The Woodlands Waterway, Waterway Square, Town Green Park, Market Street and residential living.”

From morning to evening on Independence Day, there are opportunities in The Woodlands for entertainment, including parades, face painting, balloon artists, food trucks and a plethora of live music.

The South County Fourth of July Parade kicks off the festivities at 9 a.m., featuring over 150 entries.

Local marching bands will perform, including The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands High School, Willis High School and Hempstead High School. The National Anthem will be performed from Market Street and Town Green Park by two Woodlands residents, Kelley Peters and Lauren Moore.

The parade map will help those attending the parade, as well as residents who want to avoid the crowded areas and roads. Some roads will be closed during the 1.3-mile parade. Parade participants will line up at Lake Woodlands Drive, beginning their procession along Grogan’s Mill Road, taking a left on Lake Robbins Drive near Town Green Park, then strolling along The Woodlands Waterway and finishing at Lake Woodlands Drive once again.

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Children and families are encouraged to visit one of the 13 community pools between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. While admission typically requires payment or season passes, community pools will be free and open to the public in celebration of July 4. The pools will offer complimentary refreshments, special themes and activities from noon to 4 p.m.

Guests are invited to participate in another procession, the “Things That Go” Bike Parade and Concert in the Park. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bike patriotically for the parade that starts at 5:30 p.m. at Northshore Park, and awards for the decorations will be revealed at 7:30 p.m.

Having the celebration in The Woodlands is important, Bunch said, because The Woodlands was founded on the country’s “patriotic principles.” This significance was not lost on residents, who wanted a personalized celebration in their home.

“While we had visitors from all over greater Houston, it really wasn’t a destination event, where people stayed in our hotels,” Bunch said. “More importantly, though, we were hearing from our residents that they really wanted a hometown celebration, so we have focused our efforts on our residents.”

For more information about the festivities, visit the www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1346/4th-of-July.

Live Music Lineup

Northshore Park: Houston-based ’80s cover band The Spicolis (5:30 p.m.)

Hughes Landing: ’50s-’80s variety band, Johnny and the Spinsations (5:30 p.m.)

Town Green Park: Mars Hill Band at Town Green Park Freedom Stage, Klockwork Band at Town Green Park Independence Stage

Waterway Square Park: Level One Band, Police tribute band Synchroncity III, Danny Ray & the Acoustic Production

Northshore Park: Fidelity Maxx (5:30 p.m.)

Rob Fleming Park: Cody Wayne performs at the Lodge