By Donna Hill
For the Fort Bend Star
Several cities in Fort Bend County plan to celebrate Independence Day in a big way.
On Saturday, July 2, start the holiday weekend by packing up your chairs and heading over to the Plaza in Sugar Land for the Red, White, Blues and Brews with Baker Street Pub. Snacks and brews from Baker Street Pub will be there, plus live country music from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The event does not include a fireworks display, but look for an entertaining evening of music from the Will Carter Band, who fans have seen perform at major events such as CMA Fest, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston Texans and the JJ Watt Foundation. For more info go to www.sugarland.com.
In Missouri City, patriotic festivities will be held at the entrance of Buffalo Run Park and the stadium parking lot at Thurgood Marshall High School. From 6-9 p.m. there will be free activities for kids including rides, moonwalks, a rock wall, face painting and plenty of human hamster balls. Food is available for purchase from local vendors.
A fireworks show starts at 9:15 p.m. at Buffalo Run Park, with stadium seating available at the high school. Limited access will be available beginning at 3 p.m. on Buffalo Run Blvd. between Texas Parkway and Fondren Road; access will close along the road completely once parking is full. Residents will be able to park at the METRO Park and Ride at 13849 Fondren Road and be shuttled to the event. (Parking is strongly encouraged at the METRO Park and Ride). For more info: www.missouricitytx.gov.
Over at the City of Meadows Place, Mayor Charles Jessup, along with city council members and their families will host a Fourth of July festivities, starting with a Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m. Craig Hlavaty from NewsFix Houston, Channel 39 is the grand marshal.
Look for Jurassic Extreme 12-foot dinosaurs who will make an appearance in the parade. They’ll also show up at the jeep-stacking event later in the day. The parks and recreation department will present awards that day for the floats, cars and trailers parade entries at McGrath Park. Size doesn’t matter; what does is originality, creativity and community spirit. The city will also honor active duty military citizens. For more information, visit www.cityofmeadowsplace.org.
George Ranch Historical Park will also celebrate July 4th with games, parades and the ever-popular hot dog. Scavenger hunts will be held at the park, and while looking for clues, you’ll also discover trivia about America’s Independence. Check out the games for blindman’s bluff, sack races, tug-of-war, croquet, plus the annual cobbler-eating contest.
The fun starts at 11 a.m. at George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. Be sure to check out a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion. at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.georgeranch.org.
In Sugar Land, celebrate America at the fourth annual Star Spangled Spectacular on Monday July 4, from 6-10 p.m. at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The Sugar Land Skeeters will host the New Britain Bees for a seven-inning game. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m., but get there early to enjoy the sounds of The Miller Effect, a Houston area band covering classic rock and country hits. The National Anthem will be sung by Sugar Land’s 2016 finalist from The Voice, Mary Sarah. On July 4 only, the onsite carousel, inflatables and splash pad will be open and free for everyone.
Get your tickets now, at the Skeeters box office, since tickets will not be available at the event. No coolers or outside food allowed in the stadium but food and drinks available for purchase at the concession stands. After the game, families can pitch a blanket on the outfield and enjoy Sugar Land’s Fourth of July fireworks finale. For more information, visit www.sugarlandtx.org.
The City of Rosenberg’s 17th annual Rosenberg Family Fourth Celebration wraps up at Seaborne Creek Nature Park, off Highway 36 across from the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. It’s a special event for the city. Recent floods have devastated neighborhoods for some, bringing citizens together as the city begins to rebuild.
The event is free and runs from 6-10 p.m. on July 4. Be adventurous and join Tank’s Paintball for a free Zombie Hunt. There will be a carnival area for kids, tasty food vendors and live music from cover band Electric Circus on the main stage.
Check out the horse drawn wagon rides through the park, organized by volunteers of The Texas Master Naturalists, who do a great job as a nature narrator during the ride. Plus stick around for the fireworks show to end the red white and blue celebration in the park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, visit www.ci.rosenberg.tx.us.
More celebrations continue at the 9th annual Fulshear Freedom Fest 4th of July Celebration brought to you by the City of Flusher and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Houston Methodist West Hospital. Events start in historic downtown Fulshear on Monday, July 4, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. A traditional patriotic parade starts at 5:30 p.m., finishing with The WCA’s Big Bang Fireworks Show at 9:15 p.m. The night’s entertainment will include the popular Spazmatics, along with food trucks, vendors, and lots of activities for the kids.
“We think we have one of the best free family events in Fort Bend County,” said Amy Norvell of the Fulshear Area Chamber. For more information, visit www.fulshearareachamber.com.
Bring the family for an evening of fireworks and patriotic music as the Fort Bend Symphony’s performance kicks off the official City of Stafford July 4th celebration at the Stafford Centre. Just before the fireworks light up the sky at 9 p.m., the symphony lights up the evening with a patriotic showcase of American music.
The performance features traditional marches such as John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes For-ever and Washington Post March, joined by Leroy Anderson’s fast-paced March of the Two Left Feet. Also on the program: Battle Hymn (of the Republic), American Patrol, Armed Forces Sa-lute, The American Frontier and Oh, Susannah. The audience will also enjoy music from Ameri-can film scores, including selections for orchestra from Oklahoma, Grease, Pink Panther and The Entertainer. The concert is free of charge.