Communities to celebrate July 4

There will be no shortage of Independence Day celebrations in the area.

Below are ones that have been announced recently:

Sugar Land

There’s a new look, new feel and new location for one of Sugar Land’s largest community events. The city’s Fourth of July celebration is moving from Constellation Field to the brand new Sugar Land Festival Site, 18355 Southwest Freeway, on Tuesday, July 4, from 5-10 p.m. Fireworks will be launched at approximately 9:45 p.m.

This year, the event will highlight patriotic family fun with activities for all to enjoy coupled with great food and a variety of music. Festive entertainment and activities will include a children’s zone complete with fun photo opportunities and face painting, onsite voter registration, a variety of information stations and a main stage area featuring local talent. Austin’s modern party band, Satellite, will take the stage along with appearances from DJ/Drummer Don Vaughn and Svet, an electro hip hop violinist. The event will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display that families can enjoy from various locations throughout the Sugar Land area.

Unlike past Fourth of July events, tickets are not needed for this year’s event at the festival site. As with any large event, attendees are asked to be patient, arrive early and pay attention to event signage. Parking passes are required for onsite parking and can be obtained at sugarlandtx.gov/july4 while supplies last.

“To maximize on-site parking, we are offering an opportunity to reserve a free parking pass from the Imperial Park Recreation Center. The parking pass is free but comes along with only one stipulation – a promise to carpool with a minimum of four people or more per vehicle,” said Event Production Manager Briana Bachemin.

Free onsite parking will be limited to the first 2,000 people who sign up for passes using the online website portal on the event webpage and those with a handicapped parking placard. Onsite event parking lots will open at 4 p.m.

In addition to onsite parking, free shuttle service will be available at various off-site parking locations.

Shuttles will run continuously from 4:30 p.m. to midnight from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd., and University of Houston Sugar Land, 14000 University Blvd. Ridesharing and taxi services will also be accommodated.

The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information about the event or to become an event sponsor, contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at 281-275-2885, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/july4, or follow Sugar Land Parks and Recreation on social media at @SugarLandParks.

Missouri City

On Tuesday, July 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., residents are invited to enjoy free family-friendly activities at Missouri City’s annual Independence Day Celebration at Buffalo Run Park, 1122 Buffalo Run Blvd.

The evening will conclude with the annual fireworks show beginning at 9:15 p.m.; stadium seating is once again available at Thurgood Marshall High School, which is adjacent to the park. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening from food trucks and restaurant partners. Event parking around Thurgood Marshall High School will be limited and residents are encouraged to take advantage of the METRO shuttles that will be running throughout the evening from the Park & Ride at 13859 Fondren Road. METRO buses will run from 5:45 p.m. until the conclusion of the event. These shuttles are free and will drop off attendees near one of the event’s entrances.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, event parking traffic will only be allowed to enter Buffalo Run Boulevard via Texas Parkway. After the partial closure, Lakeview Business Park employees and delivery trucks will need to enter the property through the Fondren Road and Willow Oak Drive entrance.

All trucks and business park employees coming to Texas Parkway after 3 p.m. will be rerouted to Independence Boulevard to access the Fondren Road entrance. Event signage and city police officers will be posted at the Texas Parkway and Buffalo Run Boulevard intersection.

Veranda

Veranda is lighting the fuse on a star-spangled salute to the nation with fireworks, food trucks and fun on Saturday, July 1, from 6-9 p.m.

Everyone is invited to the free family event at 2020 Pearl Glen Drive to enjoy a DJ, bounce houses, a rock wall and games. Bring towels to dry off after hitting the water slide and blankets to sit on for the show. In between, tour the Richmond community’s eight well-appointed model homes.

For more information, visit www.verandatexas.com.

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