What a glorious day is in store for us Friday as we celebrate our nation’s independence!  Of course, the birth of a nation that became the world’s greatest super power, while guaranteeing personal freedom is cause for parades, dances, music, great food and certainly fireworks.

All this is in store for Brenham, Chappell Hill, Somerville, Burton,   Round Top and even Independence as we celebrate the Fourth of July this Friday.

Nobody has been doing this longer, at least west of the Mississippi, than the small community of Round Top.

They are planning the 164th Fourth of July Celebration with a parade begun with the firing of a Civil War cannon, followed by shopping and food. The Round Top Rifle Association is planning a brisket, pork, and sausage barbecue.  Then there are games for the children and many more attractions.

Lundy Wantland of the Round Top Rifle Association says they began the celebration in 1851 and they continued ever since.  He says they keep it traditional, complete with patriotic speeches.  Retired Marine Corps Gen. Joe Webber, who has moved to Round Top, will give the Independence Day address to start things off.

Round Top has the oldest Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi.

Round Top has the oldest Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi.


A more recent celebration began 15 years ago at the Washington On the Brazos State Park with the annual Fireworks on the Fourth Celebration.  Ginger Moreland of the Park says they will have the attractions  everyone has come to expect, including period games, frozen treats from Blue Bell Creameries.  Of course the spectacular fireworks display goes off just as soon as it is dark enough but she says to get there early for the Cody Bryan Band performing at the amphitheater at 7pm.  This is a change of plans.  Josh Ward  had to cancel his performance after he was injured in a boating accident.

The Cody Bryan Band will play at the Washington On the Brazos on the 4TH  of July.

The Cody Bryan Band will play at the Washington On the Brazos on the 4TH of July.

Moreland says people need to move out towards the Barrington Living History Museum to view the spectacular fireworks display, sponsored by HEB, just as soon as it is dark enough.

Chappell Hill has been celebrating the Fourth of July for the past 38 years with the ‘Biggest Small Town Parade.  Joel Romo of the Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce says they have many attractions, old and new, including the Marching Kazoo Band, that the display of ‘Cool Rods In Chappell Hill.

Romo says this year’s theme for the parade is ‘I love the 4TH of July in Chappell Hill.  They will have music from Haley Cole, a choo-choo train and other children’s activities.

Burton’s American Legion will hold a barbecue at the American Legion Hall Friday, as part of its Fourth of July Celebrations.   The beef and pork will be sold from11am to 1:30, and there are all sorts of games and entertainment.

Up the road a bit in College Station is the Fourth of July celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library. The ‘I Love America’ celebration features a full day of activities culminating with fireworks and a concert by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.

How fitting is it that the Washington County Community of Independence will be celebrating our national independence. The 7th annual Independence Celebration will be Friday afternoon, with a trailride  and  a parade.  Mark Rosenbaum of Independence says they will have music and plenty of food, as well.



They really know how to celebrate the Fourth in Giddings.  They will have arts and crafts booths, music and a huge fireworks display at 10pm.

.if you want to go out to the Lake on the Fourth, Lake Somerville has a variety of attractions. The park opens  at 11am and continues until the fireworks go out.

The charge is two dollars but they have an exciting musical performer in Leannasuarus Rex.  That, in addition to water slides, picnics and music.

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