The cities of Magnolia and Tomball will both be hosting Fourth of July celebrations this year in honor of Independence Day, complete with fireworks, food, and a patriotic spirit.
Magnolia’s celebration, The Fourth in Unity Park, will be held in Unity Park from 5 p.m. until the completion of a fireworks display that is set to begin at dark. Part of the festivities will include the return of the ever-popular Bicycle/Tricycle Parade for kids from pre-kindergarten to age 13.
Participants are asked to arrive at Unity Park at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 4, to register for the parade. There is no registration fee and the theme is Ultimate Patriot. Entrants are asked to decorate their bikes and trikes. Trophies will be handed out for Best Decorated Bicycle and Best Decorated Tricycle, along with first, second and third place ribbons. A group photo to be published in local newspapers will be taken before the parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Each participating child must be accompanied by an adult.
Spur 149 is also returning this year to play at the Independence Day event with its five-member band, sponsored by Arlan’s Market in Magnolia.
“We very much enjoyed playing the Fourth in Unity Park last year,” said keyboard and guitar player Tim Michael. “And are looking forward to this year. It is a great venue and so much fun to see all ages moving to the music we love to play.”
The Magnolia Police Department will have its new mobile command center on display at the Fourth in Unity Park with tours available. This former White Sands, NM Missile Range Unit is being converted to supply technology essential to the needs of the police department. In addition, the Army Reserve detachment based at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe will be on hand with a static display of military equipment.
Hot dogs and watermelon slices will be offered under Williams Pavilion for free until they run out. Brookshire Brothers will provide the watermelons for the event. Families are encouraged to bring chairs and a picnic if they so desire in order to better enjoy the evening in the park.
Fireworks will begin after dark at around 9:30 p.m. Spur 149 will play until the time of the fireworks. Visit www.cityofmagnolia.com for more information. Click on Parks for directions to Unity Park just off Nichols Sawmill Road. There is no charge to attend and parking is free. For information specifically regarding the Magnolia Fourth of July Bicycle/Tricycle Parade, please call 281-627-1840.
Tomball, meanwhile, will hold its own celebration of U.S. independence by hosting a big party in the middle of SH 249. Gates to the free event, called the July Fourth Celebration and Street Party, open at 5 p.m. on July 4. Free on-site parking will also be made available to visitors at the north end of Business Hwy 249 near Hicks Road.
The annual event will be an evening of live music, giant kids zone, food and fireworks for a quarter mile along Business Highway 249 just north of FM 2920.
Party funk band Fidelity Maxx will be providing musical entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. The classic rock group The Bottle Rockers will return to Tomball to close out the evening’s music beginning at 7 p.m.
The kid’s zone will be filled with more games, water activities, petting zoo and pony rides, and face painters than ever before. The old style tractor-drawn hayride will bring back memories of July 4th celebrations from years past as well.
Peco’s Grilling Company and the Original Rib Tickler will be serving up a wide menu of tasty summertime meals. There will also be Kettle Korn, funnel cakes, cotton candy, Kona Ice and other festival treats.
Several thousand mini American flags and glow sticks will be distributed to festival attendees before the fireworks display, scheduled to begin around 9:15 p.m.
The Tomball community “July 4th Celebration & Street Party” is presented by Emerus Community Hospital. For additional information, please call 281-351-5484, visit tomballtx.gov, or go to “Tomball Texan For Fun” on Facebook.