The Fourth of July is one of the biggest celebrations in the area and lots of great activities are planned. Parades, barbecues and lots of bunting brings families out in droves to enjoy living in such a wonderful community. To help make plans for what to do on the Fourth of July, the list below offers a variety of free and inexpensive events happening at area churches, community centers and neighborhoods. ALSPAUGH'S STREET DANCE Kingwood Family Street Dance at Alspaugh's Ace Hardware, 2720 West Lake Houston Parkway, is returning this year July 5. The food service will begin at 6 p.m. Coolers and lawn chairs are welcome. The event is free; donations accepted for Addis Faith Foundation. ATASCOCITA PARADE Sign-up begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Atascocita Library parking lot and the parade is scheduled to start at 9. The parade will end at The Overlook (former Country Club) where refreshments will be available and prizes will be awarded. Visit the ACIA website at aciahomeowners.org for more information. CROSBY CHURCH CELEBRATION The community is invited to bring their lawn chairs and join Crosby Church, 5725 Highway 90 in Crosby, for a night of family fun. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. Friday, July 4. There will be a concert, concessions, inflatables, entertainment and fireworks. For more information, visit crosbychurch.com. FISHING RODEO The fishing rodeo is from 67:30 a.m. July 4 at the corner of Kingwood Drive and Forest Garden at Fosters Mill Pond. Children 15 and younger are invited to bring fishing gear and poles. Trophies will be awarded. No registration is required. FOREST COVE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE Lineup for the parade will be at 9 a.m. and the parade will start at 10 a.m. July 4 in front of the Forest Cove Community Center. For more information, contact Marian Burrows at 281-358-3033 or Joe Geldens at 281-358-3804. KINGS HARBOR JULY 4 CONCERT & FIREWORKS The event will be July 4 from 6:30-10 p.m. The evening kicks off with a spot-on tribute performance from Nightbird, recapturing the fire, energy and spirit that Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks bring to the stage. They were nominated in 2010 and 2012 for Best Tribute Band in the Houston Press Awards. The concert is free and guests are invited to bring chairs to enjoy the live music. To cap off the celebration, guests will enjoy a fireworks show off the pier at 9:30. After the success of last year's show, Kings Harbor has doubled the length for an even more spectacular show, sponsored by Sharky's Waterfront Grill, Pretty Little Things, Shannon McIntire Skin Care, Raffa's Waterfront Grill, Capital Title, Jennika's, Puerto, Chimichurri's, Zammitti's and The Berry Bar. KINGWOOD PARADE Lineup for the parade begins at the corner of Feather Lakes and West Lake Houston Parkway at 7 a.m. Float judging will begin at 8:30. The parade will kick off at 10 from Creekwood Middle School on Sandy Forks. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the grand marshal. The parade will end when all of the participants reach Kingwood High School. For more information, contact Cindy Higgins at 281-793-4146 or Tom Rushin at 713-715-9319. KINGWOOD TOWN CENTER Friday, July 4, from 29 p.m., the festival will be held outdoors in the park. There will be live music, arts and crafts, food and beverages, and bounce castles for the kids. The event will end with a fireworks display. For more information, contact Mike Ibanez at 713-419-4574 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Streets around the park will be closed, so attendees should plan to park accordingly. RAFFA'S Raffa's invites the community to join them for food, fun and fireworks on July 4. Live music with Nightbird starts at 6:30 p.m. Outdoor patio seating will be available for fireworks display which starts at 9:20 p.m. Call 281-360-1436 for reservations. THE OVERLOOK This event is open to all area neighborhoods and will be July 4 from 6-10 p.m. Attendees can bring picnic blankets, chairs, non-alcoholic beverages and coolers. There will be splash stations, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage on a stick, snow cones, nachos, soft drinks and water. Kingsley's Lookout will be open for adult beverages; cash bar. Fireworks show at 9:30. AROUND TOWN CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION'S STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE This free Independence Eve, July 3, spectacular, which has been a tradition at The Pavilion for 24 years, features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites, led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. Tickets are not required. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill. Beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Lawn chairs will be provided free. Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. FREEDOM OVER TEXAS Houston will set the stage for an extraordinary patriotic celebration at Mayor Annise Parker's official Fourth of July event. Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas will feature entertainment by award-winning country music artist, Jennifer Nettles. The event will be held Friday, July 4, culminating with a fireworks extravaganza set to perfectly timed patriotic and current musical selections. Tickets are $8 per person (children 5 and under are free). The event takes place at Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou from 410 p.m. GALVESTON PARADE AND FIREWORKS From fireworks over the beach to a traditional hometown parade, Galveston will offer plenty of excitement. On the evening of July 4, the island will celebrate its annual parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard from 45th Street East to 22nd Street. For more information, visit galvestonparades.com.

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