Fireworks, parades, concerts: See what's happening in The Woodlands area this Fourth of July weekend

The Stars at Night Event will celebrate those in service. (Courtesy The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
The Stars at Night Event will celebrate those in service. (Courtesy The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

The Stars at Night Event will celebrate those in service. (Courtesy The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

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The South County Parade is held on July 3 this year. (Courtesy Market Street)
The Fourth of July is a Sunday in 2021, but some of The Woodlands area's major events for the holiday will take place on July 3, officials said.

July 3

Watch a parade


The 45th annual South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade begins at 9 a.m. and features marching bands, parade floats and local dignitaries and is followed later in the day with a performance by the Adrian Michael Band from 5-7 p.m. at the Central Park at Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands.

This year's parade includes a "Stars & Stripes Forever" theme with Grand Marshall, retired Gen. Stephen Hummer as well as marching bands, fire engines, horses and floats. The parade will last about 90 minutes. The parade begins at Grogan's Mill Road and Lake Woodlands Drive and winds through Market Street. Information about the sequence of events and a parade route map are available on the parade website.


For the evening concert, guests may bring blankets or lawn chairs. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Parade begins and ends at the intersection of Lake Woodlands Drive and Grogan’s Mill Road. 281-210-3800. www.4thofjuly.org

The city of Oak Ridge North will host the seventh annual 4th of July Parade and Car and Truck Show on July 3. Activities will be held at the parade exit at Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. It will include activities such as bounce houses, food vendors and games. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m., and activities at the park will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. The parade will start on North Harlan Lane and head south to end at Marilyn Edgar Park. 281-292-4648. www.oakridgenorth.com

Salute to service

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, will welcome The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra for the Stars at Night event July 3. The Independence Day celebration will include live patriotic music, photo opportunities with patriotic characters, giveaways and activities by local organizations. The event will also recognize service stars (teachers, first responders, medical teams and front-line workers) during the pandemic. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; concert begins at 8 p.m. Free. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.woodlandscenter.org

July 4

See a fireworks show


Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities at various locations to celebrate the 24th annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Firework Extravaganza. Each location will have live music until the firework display lights up the sky at 9:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Free. Various locations, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Swim at township pools

The Woodlands Township event Red, Hot & Pool invites residents to enjoy refreshments and themed activities at each township pool in celebration of the Fourth of July. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Price varies by pool. Various neighborhood pools. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Event schedules may change due to weather conditions. Check www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov and www.oakridgenorth.com for updates regarding cancellations and event rescheduling.
By Ally Bolender

Reporter, The Woodlands

Ally joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Texas State University. Ally covers education, local government, transportation, business, and real estate development in The Woodlands. Prior to CI, Ally served as news content manager of KTSW FM-89.9 in San Marcos, Texas.

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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