The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) once again joins the city of Beaumont for the annual Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Beaumont with gates opening at 5 p.m. and no admission charge. The orchestra’s patriotic concert will begin at 8 p.m. inside the Julie Rogers Theatre, and the concert is free and open to the public. Following the concert at 9 p.m., the festivities conclude with a grand fireworks display.
The musical salute to our nation’s independence will include “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Bugler’s Holiday,” “Fanfare and Celebration” by the SOST’s own timpanist Gary Parks, and more. The symphony will also perform Sousa’s “Washington Post March” with guest conductor Kristen Davis, a band student at Vidor ISD and recipient of a donation of the Symphony Ball’s July 4 Guest Conductor auction item.
The July 4 concert will lead the way into the upcoming 61st season of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Hot off the heels of the spectacular 60th anniversary season, the SOST is taking everyone on a fantastic journey to faraway places and beyond through the magnificent sounds of the orchestra. Take a Journey with the SOST begins Sept. 14 with “Roman Journeys” featuring Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” The season continues Oct. 26 with adventures of “Russian Tragedy to Triumph!” in Rachmaninoff: “Piano Concerto No. 2.” The symphony comes “Home for the Holidays” for a festive holiday concert Dec. 8, and then goes on a “Classical Mystery Tour” with the live music of The Beatles in the Symphony Pops Concert on Feb. 1. A voyage “To Jupiter… and Beyond” follows with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” on March 1. Then April 5, “The SOST goes to the Opera” with beloved selections from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Puccini’s “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly,” Verdi’s “Aida” and “Il Trovatore.”
For more information about the Symphony of Southeast Texas or to purchase season tickets, call (409) 892-2257 or e-mail sost [at] sost [dot] org.
The annual 1929 Calder Place Fourth of July Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Beaumont Independent School District Administration Building (3395 Harrison). For more information, call (409) 651-3901.
First Baptist Church of Bevil Oaks will host a Fourth of July celebration beginning at 6 p.m. There will be plenty of food such as hot dogs, barbecue and drinks, a parade, and a demonstration by the Sons of the Confederacy of Woodville and a spectacular display of fireworks will conclude the event. The church is at 7725 Sweetgum Road. For more information, call (409) 753-2571.
A blast of fireworks and entertainment that often includes a whistler, bag pipe player, singers, barbershop quartet music, and excerpts from local theater productions are part of Port Arthur’s Independence Day Celebration. A Veterans of Foreign Wars group posts colors at the celebration, which typically begins a little after 7 p.m. at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center on the Lamar State College-Port Arthur campus, 1800 Lakeshore Drive.
July 4 on Lakeshore concludes with fireworks at 9 p.m. that explode over the Intracoastal Waterway. Bring a chair or blanket for the viewing.
Faith Tabernacle Church at 10169 Highway 69 in Port Arthur invites the entire family beginning at 1 p.m. until dark for the Fourth of July Carnival. Passes are $5 and include 10 games; also available for purchase will be nachos, links, boudain, pistolettes, frozen lemonade, cotton candy and funnel cake. For more information, call (409) 720-7454.
The city of Nederland and Nederland Chamber of Commerce present “Light Up the Sky on the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza” at Doornbos Park at 2301 Avenue H. Salute the troops beginning at 7 p.m., and the event includes musical entertainment, food vendors and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
The City Pool is open from 1 p.m. until after firework show. Wear red, white and blue for free pool admission.
Pack up your lawn chairs and head to Shangri La for its annual Fourth of July Celebration. The Orange Community Band led by band director Elizabeth Jeanes will perform patriotic selections for this Independence Day event.
Cool off with complementary watermelon and lemonade from noon to 4 p.m.
The Fourth of July celebration is included with Shangri La admission. Shangri La is at 2111 West Park in Orange. For more information, view shangrilagardens.org or call (409) 670-9113.
The Bridge City Historical Society announced the second annual “Born on the Bayou” Fourth of July celebration to be held on the waterfront property next to the swing bridge on Highway 87 in Bridge City on July 4. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by Three-legged Dawg until dark when the fireworks begin. Claudine Hogan of the Bridge City Historical Society said generous local businesses donated the fireworks for the event, which is free to attend. Vendors will have hot dogs, links, fajitas, sodas and water for sale, along with snow cones and ice cream cones. No alcoholic beverages will be provided or allowed.
Hogan said last year’s event was “great,” and approximately 56 boats were observed at the display. So get you family ready, bring your blankets or lawn chairs, and enjoy the festivities! Call (409) 883-8208 for more information.
Lake Charles, La.
Nearby Lake Charles will host Red, White, Blue & You beginning at 6 p.m. with a street parade near the Lake Charles Civic Center at 900 Lakeshore Drive. Enjoy music from Paul Gonsoulin, Lake Charles Community Band and a salute to the armed forces. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call (337) 491-9147. Free admission.
Eleanor Tinsley Park at 901 Bagby in Houston will host Freedom Over Texas from 4-10 p.m. with live musical performances by Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride. Plenty of activities are planned for those of all ages including an 85-foot zip line, Acrodunk, artifacts from the National United States Armed Forces Museum including a U.S. M-60 tank, armored vehicles and military jeeps, flyovers by vintage aircraft from the Lone Star Flight Museum including a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustangs, and much more. Let’s not forget the fireworks show to end the evening. Visit freedomover texas.org.
For those wanting to spend a day at the Kemah Boardwalk, live music and a patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay will conclude the day at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit kemahboardwalk.com.