A day where the country comes together to celebrate America’s birthday will include Americana concerts, sparkling gold and red fireworks illuminating the sky, kayaking along Oyster Creek and fun-filled concessions.

Residents can start their day casting a line in the 72nd annual Fishin’ Fiesta, with the weigh station to register their catches open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Freeport Parks Department, 500 Brazosport Blvd. Vendors, carnival and other activities start 5 p.m. at Freeport Municipal Park, 400 Brazosport Blvd. Thursday’s events include offshore and inshore mini-tournaments. A full schedule of events and registration information is available at fishinfiesta.com.

If residents are more in the mood for water-themed activities, check-in for the Rubber Duck Regatta starts at 9 a.m. with racing starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Dunbar Park kayak launch, 803 FM 2004 in Lake Jackson. Teams of two will compete to be one of the first to find eight rubber ducks corralled along the creek. Residents can register at the event.

The competition is a chance to bring more awareness to Oyster Creek as a great amenity for the entire community, Parks and Recreation Director Jeremy Bubnick said.

Parades sound more fun for the entire family? Then the community can check out the Demi-John Fourth of July Celebration. A parade will start from 5:30 to 6:15 pm, with a fireworks kickoff at 9 p.m. at Capt. Mark’s Bastrop Marina, 4515 Trammel St. All ages are welcome, event organizer Diane Rinn said.

“It’s a good, old-fashioned type of thing,” she said.

Call 979-236-8344 for information.

Want to rock out to Americana music and hang with good company? The Lake Jackson Summer Concert Series goes on from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lake Jackson Civic Center plaza, 333 Highway 332 E., with guest Cole Degges. Water slides and food trucks will be available at the free event. Call 979-415-2600 or visit lakejackson-tx.gov for information.

The event is easy for families to get to, Civic Center Manager Sandra Oliver said.

“There is plenty of parking,” she said. “A lot of people like to come here for the Fourth. Here, it’s a lot easier to get in and out. It’s just a great family experience.”

A fireworks show will follow at 9:20 p.m. The rockets will be launched from Dunbar Park, with the best view from the Brazos Mall parking lot at 100 W. Highway 332. Call 979-297-4533 or visit lakejackson-tx.gov.

The Sweeny Old-Fashioned Fourth starts at 5 p.m. at Backyard Park, 1664 Main St. Guests can enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, beverages, cotton candy, watermelon and entertainment. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, with fireworks beginning at dark.

Backyard Fireworks is 5 to 10 p.m. at First Capitol Park, 1300 N. 13th St. in West Columbia. The community can come out and roast s’mores and enjoy concessions. Admission to the city pool is $1 from 7 to 9 p.m., with fireworks at 9:25 p.m. The event is presented by West Columbia Parks Department. Call 979-345-3123 for information.

It’s an intimate event for people in the town, City Secretary Kelli Kuban said.

“We love that it’s a small community event,” she said. “We love the community to come together.”

Locals in Alvin can stay in town and attend the Independence Day celebration from 4 to 10 p.m. at Briscoe Park, 3625 Briscoe Drive. Food trucks and bounce houses open at 4 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. Alvin Community Band concert and a 9 p.m. fireworks show synced to music on KACC radio. Parking is available at Alvin Community College. Call 281-756-3588 for information.

Connor Behrens is a reporter at The Facts. You can contact him at 979-237-0150.

Features Writer/Reporter for The Facts in Clute, Texas. I'm a communications graduate from the University of Houston. I have written for publications such as the Washington Post and the Galveston County Daily News.

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