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Fourth of July celebrations set

Monday, June 21, 2010

Liea Torres

Fourth of July is right around the corner, and all the festivities, barbecues and amazing fireworks shows are just waiting to kick off. The area will celebrate with an entire weekend full of events and local residents will have their pick of activities to choose from to celebrate the red, white and blue. The morning of Saturday, July 3, will begin with many local children ready for the much-loved Kingwood Civic Club Fishing Rodeo at Fosters Mill Pond. There were more than 150 children who participated in last years festivities. No registration is required; local children ages 15 and under will compete for trophies and awards. The Fishing Rodeo opens at 6 a.m. and finishes before 8 a.m. which leads to the Kingwood Civic Club’s other two events, the Bike Decorating Contest and July Fourth parade. This year’s rodeo is being sponsored by Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware in Kingwood. The Kingwood Civic Club Bike Decorating Contest held last year had more than 75 bikes in the contest. The contest is held at Creekwood Middle School parking lot and will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tami Heitzwebel with Re/Max Associates Northeast in Kingwood has been a dedicated sponsor and organizer of this event every year. The Kingwood Civic Parade line-up will begin at 8 a.m. at Feather Lakes in Bear Branch. Kingwood High School and Kingwood Park High School will combine marching bands and will be ready to play. The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker. She will be joined by local dignitaries including Houston City Councilman Mike Sullivan, City of Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland and Congressman Ted Poe. Judging for the floats will begin at 9 a.m., and the parade will start at 10 a.m. sharp. The parade begins at Creekwood Middle School on West Lake Houston Parkway and ends at Kingwood High School, on Kingwood Drive. Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware Street Dance will also take place on July 3 and will benefit FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center. Every year, FamilyTime serves more than 400 victims of domestic violence. “The Door” continues to be the only all-inclusive shelter and crisis center in Northeast Harris County serving women and children fleeing domestic violence. “We heard that FamilyTime was trying to raise money for “The Door,” and we couldn’t think of a better way to give to our community. All donations will be donated to FamilyTime,” said Jim Benson of Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware. Food will be served at 6 p.m. and the “Street Dance” will begin at 7 p.m., and live music will be provided by the band 8 Seconds. Visit the FamilyTime website for further information at Expect to celebrate America’s independence in grand style in the community. There will be a variety of free and inexpensive events happening at area churches, community centers and neighborhoods. Here are some amazing Humble/Kingwood area Fourth of July events to get everyone in the spirit. Kingwood Civic Club Fishing Rodeo- July 3 Foster’s Mill Pond (age 15 and younger) – 6 - 8 a.m. Intersection of Kingwood Drive and Forest Garden. Kids 15 and younger are invited, no registration required. Information: 713-822-3067 - Sandy Lee Kingwood Civic Club Bike Decorating Contest - July 3 Creekwood Middle School – 8 am Intersection of West Lake Houston Parkway and Sandy Forks pre-register at Information: 832-265-3809 - Tammy Kingwood Civic Club Parade - July 3 Line up at intersection of Feather Lakes and West Lake Houston - 8 a.m. Judging- 9 a.m. Parade kick off at Creekwood Middle School- 10 a.m. Parade will end at Kingwood HS Information: At Kings Harbor Waterfront Village - July 4 Free Concert 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Kingwood Big Band At Kings Harbor Waterfront Village in the plaza area Bring lawn chairs and blankets 713-629-5200- Dana Atascocita Parade - July 3 Line up at Atascocita Library - 9:30 a.m. Information: 281-812-6332 Kyle Adams East Lake Houston July Fourth Parade - July 3 Crosby High School line up - 9 a.m. Parade -10 a.m. Information: 281-328-6984 Judy Richard Alspaugh’s ACE Hardware Street Dance - July 3 2720 West Lake Houston Parkway Food – 6 p.m. Local band – 7 – 11 p.m. Children of all ages, coolers and lawn chairs welcome. NO GLASS of any kind please. Information: 281-360-2231 Kingwood Town Center July Fourth Festival – July 4 Town Center from 2 – 9 p.m. Live music, arts and crafts, food and beverage booths and fireworks. Information: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Independence Day Picnic - July 4 2929 Woodland Hills Drive 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Information: 281-358-3154 - Jody Information: 832-444-5757 - Kelly Hill Crosby/Huffman Fourth of July Parade - July 3 Line-up-9 a.m. at Crosby High School Parade starts at 10 a.m. Information: 281-328-6984 Judy Richard Forest Cove Parade - July 3 Lineup- 9 a.m. at the Forest Cove Community Center at 1025 Marina Drive. Parade- 10 a.m. Barbecue from Trigg’s – 12 – 3 p.m. Entertainment, door prizes, desserts and kid’s games. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Information: 281-358-3033 Marian Burrows Red, Hot and Blue Festival - July 4 Town Green Park and Waterway Square, both located in the The Woodlands Waterway Live music, face painting, strolling performers, games, H-E-B Hot Dog and Watermelon Eating contest, vendor booths, concessions from 6 - 10 p.m. 23 minutes of fireworks; 9:15-9:30 p.m. start Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, however coolers, outside food and drinks are prohibited. Admission is free and tickets for concessions and games can be purchased at the festival.

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