This July Fourth, join in on one of the most patriotic celebrations and enjoy a summer tradition here in The Woodlands! Culminating with what is known as one of the largest fireworks displays in the Greater Houston area, The Woodlands is sure to show all guests a majestic experience as we honor America’s birthday!
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Wednesday, July 3 | Gates open at 6:30 p.m. | Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
This free Independence Eve concert has been a Woodlands tradition at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for 30 seasons. The concert includes selections of patriotic music by the Houston Symphony and a one-of-a-kind grand finale, which features Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with booming cannons from the top of The Pavilion’s hill.
Join in for pre-concert fun! Enjoy taking photos with various patriotic characters in the North and South Plazas and listen to The Woodlands Show Chorus. Always a family-friendly event, other activities include an arts and crafts booth and an instrument petting zoo. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic from home or favorite restaurant, please keep in mind, outside drinks are not allowed and items brought in must comply with The Pavilion’s bag restrictions and/or be in the original packaging (such as a pizza box or original sealed container.)
4TH OF JULY PARADE
Thursday, July 4 | Begins at 9 a.m. | Ends at 10:30 a.m.
Another patriotic tradition in The Woodlands, Market Street will host the 44th annual South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade. This year’s parade theme is United We Stand, which will feature several high school marching bands and parade floats. Joining in on the fun will be fire engines, horses, Texas Army National Guard, the College Park Marine Corps JROTC and much more!
To claim the best seat in the house, we recommend getting there early! A favorite spot to watch from is near the North Commons, where Visit The Woodlands President, Nick Wolda will call out to parade entrants, (this is also where entrants put on the best show for the judges). The parade begins and ends at the corner of Lake Woodlands Drive and Grogan’s Mill Road. View the full parade route here.
With five festival locations and four fireworks launch locations, this Fourth of July celebration has become a well-known attraction for summer fun! All locations feature live music beginning at 6 p.m. with varied entertainment continuing until an 18-minute firework show lights the night sky.
Check here for festival information, including entertainment options, activities other happenings at each location. The largest fireworks display will be located on Lake Woodlands and be especially visible to the Northshore Park and Hughes Landing locations. Other displays will be special effects displays and visible to each individual location.
Fireworks test shots will be launched at 9, 9:10 and 9:20 p.m. from all launch locations, to ensure you have selected the best viewing area possible. A simultaneous fireworks soundtrack will broadcast on KSTAR Country 99.7 FM.
Check here for places to park at each festival location!
Be sure to mark your calendars and plan your stay in advance. Tag us during your Woodlands adventure this July by using #SoWoodlands.