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The Grandest Parade This Side of Houston

Grab your partner and turn out this July Fourth for classic summer fare and a healthy dose of noise, as League City’s mayor Pat Hallisey commemorates the town’s population and the military men and women who guard it. Beginning at 11:30 am this uniquely titled July 4th Celebration and Citizen Appreciation Day camps out for the half-day at League Park while giving out hot dogs, soda, and bottled water as fast as you can get your hands on them. That’s right, it’s all free! There will also be face painters on hand to turn that frown into a leopard or, a superhero for the kind of fun guests of South Shore Harbor can enjoy with the entire family.

For those in search of those stirring, patriotic lights, one is required to take a few steps down the road. About halfway between Houston and League City is the not-so-distant town of Friendswood, whose traditional parade and night display of firework go back a long ways. Their Annual Fourth of July Celebration rings in its grand parade for the 121st time, roaring to life with over a hundred participants. Find a spot along Friendswood Drive and expect cars, trucks, and motorbikes as far as the eye can see and lavishly festooned in red, white, and blue. The Grand Parade (its official name) ultimately crash lands in Stevenson Park.

Following the jamboree, there’s a maze of entertainment awaiting you including carnival rides and games, a lot more food, and a good deal else until winding down at 3:30 pm. That evening’s festivities, however, stir things back to life at 7:30 pm in Centennial Park, a short five minute’s away. There’s no parking, but shuttles are available from Friendswood High School and Brookside Intermediate. Performing band Decades will be throwing out everyone’s favorite songs live on stage, with the music of the ‘60s to today’s pop jams. Individuals can purchase a wristband for unlimited access to amusement rides, prior to dazzling fireworks around 9:20.

Address: In and around League City, TX

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Publication Date: 2016-06-27

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