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July 2, 2014

Patriotic celebrations to light the sky

Grab a lawn chair and get ready to celebrate Independence Day.

A number of local cities are holding celebrations featuring patriotic music and fireworks.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

• The City of Nederland and Nederland Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center are ready to celebrate the Fourth of July and honor area veterans.

The upcoming event — the 3rd Annual Fireworks Extravaganza — will be held at Doornbos Park, 2301 Ave. H, in Nederland. The city’s pool will be closed during the day but open from 5 to 10 p.m. so patrons may view the 9 p.m. fireworks show from the water. ProFX will once again present the fireworks.

A VIP area has been added so veterans can enjoy the event. There will also be a Field of Flags at the park in which the names of veterans are placed on flags.

A new event will be held at 6 p.m. — the Wagon and Bike Parade. Prizes will be awarded for the best red, white and blue bike and wagon. The band Champagne Room will perform at 7 p.m. and later the winner of Nederland Idol, Kaylee Dickens, will take the stage.

Vendors will be on site selling everything from pizza and ice cream to hot dogs and drinks.

Those who can’t make it to the park can tune in to Q94 and hear the whole fireworks experience.

• The Fourth of July will take on a definite Lamar State College-Port Arthur flair with performers taking the stage at the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center, followed by a flashy fireworks show over the Intracoastal Waterway.

The event, which is free to the public, starts with a prelude in the Parker Center at 7:15 p.m. The program starts in earnest at 7:30 p.m. with the posting of the Colors. The Parker Center is located at 1800 Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur.

Entertainment will include a presentation by the LSC-PA and Port Arthur Little Theater’s cast of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” Jeff Courts on bag pipes, the Orange Community Band, whistler Phil Guidry and singers Krista Courts, Dwight Wagner, Tom Neal and Jay Binecour. A barbershop quartet will also be on hand to add to the festivities.

The fireworks show, which can be seen from the seawall, will take place starting at 9 p.m. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on for the performance.

• The Bridge City Historical Society will once again host the Born on the Bayou 4th of July Celebration on the banks of Cow Bayou next to the historic Cow Bayou Bridge.

The historical society sponsored event will be held on Friday, July 4 beginning at 5 p.m. and will conclude with the fireworks display at dark. The event is free to the public but donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the fireworks.

Entertainment will be provided by Wayne Dylan Band and there will be a salute to all U.S. veterans. The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by Madison Juneau of Bridge City who is the daughter of Dathan and Amber Juneau and the granddaughter of Alan and Debbie Johansson. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own lawn chair and blankets. No coolers, no glass containers and no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

• The City of Beaumont will hold its annual Fourth of July Celebration at 5 p.m. Friday, July 4 at Riverfront Park.

Park gates open at 5 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Admission to all events and performances is free, and food and beverage booths will be set up in and around the park.

Riverfront Park festivities will include a tribute to our nation’s uniformed heroes at 5 p.m. followed by Jack Edery at 5:30 p.m., The Flava Band at 6:30 p.m., and Lisa Marshall at 7:45 p.m.

The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by patriotic music.

Free parking is available in several lots in downtown Beaumont, including the Beaumont Civic Center and Beaumont City Hall.

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