From parades to fireworks, there is no shortage of Fourth of July events in The Woodlands this year.
1) July 4: South County 4th of July Parade
More than 20,000 spectators will attend the the 42nd annual event in Town Center, featuring over 100 parade entries, 40 dignitaries and five high school marching bands. The Woodlands Fire Department officially leads off the parade route, which is 1.3 miles long and runs through the Town Center area through Market Street, beginning and ending at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Parade entry judging will occur on the parade route just above the North Commons in Market Street with 12 award categories. Before the parade begins, 26 street performers will entertain and mingle with the crowd. The parade and surrounding activities will take place rain or shine. 9 a.m. Free. www.4thofjuly.org
2) July 4: Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza
The Woodlands will host a community-wide Fourth of July celebration with food, live entertainment, children’s activities and family fun at multiple locations around The Woodlands, including Town Green Park, Waterway Square, Rob Fleming Park and Northshore Park. The event will also feature an 18-minute fireworks show, with a primary display at Northshore Park. Town Green Park and Waterway Square will have secondary close proximity displays. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. Free. 6-10 p.m. www.thewoodlandstownshiptx.gov
3) July 4: Oak Ridge North Fourth of July Parade
The city of Oak Ridge North will host its annual event featuring a parade, park activities, a car show and live music. The parade will kick off the event and include a contest for children and teenagers who decorated their bicycles, tricycles, wagons, scooters and strollers in patriotic style. After the parade ends, visitors can take part in more festivities at Marilyn Edgar Park, such as sno cones, swimming, live music and other family activities. To view the parade route, click here. 9:30 a.m. (parade starts), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Party in the Park). Free. Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. www.oakridgenorth.com