George Ranch schedules historic July 4 celebration

Spend Independence Day steeped in history this year at the George Ranch Historical Park.

Guests will enjoy special activities such as a scavenger hunt through the park, historic games, a cobbler-eating contest and – of course – a classic hot dog feast.

“Nothing says America and July 4th like games, music and hot dogs,” said Hannah Moses, Programs and Volunteer Coordinator. “It’s going to be a packed day!”

Special July 4 activities include:

  • An 1890s Independence Day ceremony that will include a reading of the Declaration of Independence;
  • A local student choir performing historic patriotic songs;
  • Several tableau vivants (“living pictures”) where staff members and volunteers will recreate famous Colonial paintings;
  • A horse-riding show featuring the Rodeo Sweethearts;
  • Clogging and square-dancing performances and lessons for the guests.

Ongoing activities:

A variety of historic games, including Blindman’s Bluff, a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack races, tug-of-war, croquet, baseball and marbles, will be ongoing throughout the park. Everyone is invited to participate in the park’s free annual cobbler-eating contest at 1:30 p.m. in the yard of the 1930s George Ranch Home. All activities are included with general admission.

Historic hot dog feast:

At 12:30 p.m., guests with historic lunch reservations will enjoy an Independence Day hot dog feast under 200-year-old oak trees in the yard of the 1930s George Ranch Home. The menu includes Hebrew National Dogs, Oscar Meyer Wieners, Johnsonville Bratts, venison sausages, stadium-style buns, grilled peppers, grilled onions, chili, cheese, sauerkraut, potato salad, pasta salad, beans, lemonade, cobbler and ice cream. Cost for the meal is not included with general admission. Reservations can be made by calling 281-343-0218 or by visiting https://www.georgeranch.org/event/independence-day-lunch/.

General information:

The Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children ages five to 15. Children four and under are free. Operating hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.georgeranch.org or call 281-343-0218.

Fort Bend Symphony to hold Independence Day performance

Celebrate America’s birthday with an evening of fireworks and patriotic music.

Bring the family to enjoy the Fort Bend Symphony’s Independence Day performance, part of the official City of Stafford July 4th celebration, at the Stafford Centre. The symphony concert precedes the fireworks show, which begins at 9 p.m.

The performance of patriotic favorites includes John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and Liberty Bell March, as well as toe-tapping polkas and marches such as The Florentiner March and The Boston Pops March. Independence Day wouldn’t be complete without The National Anthem, Armed Forces Salute, and the 1812 Overture.

The audience will also enjoy selections from Broadway and American film scores, including selections for orchestra from Hamilton, Wizard of Oz, Carmen, plus a salute to Cole Porter and Strike Up the Band.

Dominique Royem, FBSO’s music director, will perform the lead role in Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter, a novelty instrumental piece that’s been called one of “the wittiest and most clever pieces in the orchestral repertoire.”

The concert is a Fort Bend County holiday tradition, and it is free of charge.

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