BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas — The Brazos Valley is gearing up for a packed Independence Day this weekend. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many cities and local organizations canceled events. Not this year.
Here is a list of just a few events that are happening across the area:
18th Annual Kurten Fireworks Show
Back in its 18th year, the Brazos County Precinct 2 Volunteer Fire Department will again be hosting the Kurten Fireworks Show. The festivities start at 5 p.m. at the Kurten Community Center. There will be food trucks, a gun raffle and music, as well as several other activities the whole family can enjoy.
The event is free and open to the public and fireworks are set to start at 9 p.m.
Century Square 4th of July Concert
People of all ages are invited to Century Square for a free concert to celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 4. The free music starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 5:30 p.m.
Don't forget to bring a blanket or a lawn chair to enjoy a nice afternoon outside. The Cadets kick off the special event with their rendition of "America the Beautiful." There will also be a presentation of flags and Trail Life Troop 1525 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Abbey & Scott Kunkle will sing the Star Spangled Banner and Brazos Authority will also be playing American and patriotic songs.
The night will feature a performance from Abbey & Scott Kunkle singing the National Anthem. Brazos Authority will close out the evening by playing the some of the best American and patriotic songs.
The event is free and open to the public and parking is free in the garage all day!
Texas A&M July 4th Fireworks & Drone Show
Texas A&M will be hosting their annual fireworks show Sunday, July 4 starting at 9 p.m. The show will be at the RELLIS Campus in Bryan. The parking lots will be open starting at 6:30 p.m. Once the fireworks start, the entrance to the show will be closed.
The event is free and open to the public and you are encouraged to stay with your vehicles once you find your parking spot as this is a drive-in event. Pets are not allowed, however an exception will be made for service animals. For additional details, click here.
61st Annual I Love America Celebration
Saturday, July 3 from 2 to 10 p.m. at Wolf Pen Creek
UPDATE: THE I LOVE AMERICA CELEBRATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
College Station Noon Lions Club, the cities of Bryan and College Station and the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum is hosting the 61st Annual I Love America Celebration on Saturday, July 3 at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.
On top of the numerous activities throughout the day, free screenings for children provided by the Lions KidSight trailer will also be available. The Salvation Army will be accepting donations at the Bob and Wanda Senior and Community Center as well.
A screening of the Disney movie "Miracle" will be held at 7 o'clock and will be free to the public. At 9:30 that evening just after sundown, "Dazzling Drama," a patriotic laser light show is set to lighten the sky, will also free to the public.
Navasota Freedom Festival
Friday, July 2, 6 p.m. in Downtown Navasota
Downtown Navasota is hosting its annual freedom festival this Friday, July 2, two days before Independence Day.
The festival will include a parade that begins at 6 p.m. with live music with a live performance from Journey tribute band Escape starting after at 7 p.m.
The event will then be topped off with a fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Laura's Bartending Service will be at the event providing drinks and refreshments for visitors.
Stars and Stripes Pups & Pints
Saturday, July 3, 2 to 5 p.m. at Mo's Irish Pub & Grill
Mo's Irish Pub and Grill at Century Square in College Station is teaming up with Bryan Animal Center from 2 to 4 p.m. to bring in a few adoptable dogs to hang out and meet on their patio.
Patrons can also bring their pup for the day where cold beer and refreshments will be served to all human guests though special doggy treats will also be available. DJ Spaceman will be playing throughout the duration of the event.
4th of July Red, White & Blues Show
Saturday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. at Silverado Rodeo
Musician Bigg Robb is headlining Red, White & Blues Show on Saturday, July 3 at the Silverado Rodeo on Sandy Point Road in Bryan, Texas. Texas for the presale is $25 and table reservations are available.
Special Guest Margo Thunder will also be in attendance. For tickets, visit the event website here.