(Orange, Texas)

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July 2, 2014

Fourth of July celebrations are just ahead

BRIDGE CITY — A tradition born just one year ago is back for another round to celebrate the birth of a nation.

The Bridge City Historical Society will present its second annual Born on the Bayou Fourth of July Celebration beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, along the banks of Cow Bayou, adjacent to the historic swing bridge. The event is free of charge to the public but donations will be accepted to assist the organization in offsetting the cost of the fireworks display at dark.

Madison Juneau of Bridge City will sing the Star Spangled Banner on Friday. Other activities include a salute to all U.S. veterans, as well as live music by the Wayne Dylan Band.

Vendors will be on site offering hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones, ice cream and more for purchase at the event. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, but coolers, glass containers and alcoholic beverages will not be allowed.

A message left seeking comments on the Fourth of July Celebration was not immediately returned.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Nature Center in Orange will celebrate Independence Day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, with lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be outpost tours and special programs, along with free watermelon and lemonade. Also, as part of the event, the ringing of the Shangri La bell will take place for what is expected to become an annual tradition at the facility.

General admission applies to all guests, and members are admitted free. Call 409-670-9113 for more information.

The City of Beaumont will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration starting at 5 p.m., Friday, at Riverfront Park in downtown Beaumont. The entire event is free and open to the public.

The yearly festivities features a variety of music suitable for the whole family, including the always patriotic performance by the Symphony of Southeast Texas inside the Julie Rogers Theatre.

Other live music at Riverfront Park will feature acts such as Jack Edery and UltraSuede at 5:30 p.m., the Flava Band at 6:30 p.m., and Lisa Marshall at 7:45 p.m., followed by the traditional fireworks display at 9 p.m. over the Neches River.

Food and beverage booths will be available for guests. Free parking will be available at multiple lots in downtown Beaumont, including the Beaumont Civic Center and City Hall.

Visit for more information.

The Nederland Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau and City of Nederland will hold its Third Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Friday at Doornbos Park in Nederland.

The event will feature live music from one of the area’s most popular dance and party bands, Champagne Room, starting at 7 p.m. The fireworks display is set to begin at 9 p.m.

There will be a “Field of Flags” to honor U.S. military veterans, as well as activities for children, and food, drinks and ice cream. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

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