Celebrate Independence Day at Baytown’s Bicentennial Park
The City of Baytown Parks & Recreation Department will once again sponsor two fabulous days of Independence Day festivities on July 3 and 4 at Bicentennial Park, located at 1001 Market. The celebration begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a performance by Ryan Guidry; followed by Casey Weston at 7 p.m. The Marshall Tucker Band will take the stage at 8 p.m. The Marshall Tucker Band is best known for the 70’s hit “Can’t You See,” which was used for the opening and closing credits of the Kevin Costner 2008 motion picture Swing Vote.
The fun continues on Wednesday, beginning at 5 p.m. with local favorite Bill Archer. You’ll want a flag to wave as the annual July 4th Parade makes its way down Market Street and Lee Drive at 5:30 p.m., followed by the National Anthem. Houston-native singer-songwriter Cory Morrow will take the stage at 6 p.m., with his crowd-pleasing Texas-style Country. Mayor Stephen DonCarlos will welcome the crowd at 7:30, followed by a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Be sure to be in the audience here, as t-shirts and other gifts will be launched into the audience via sling-shot.
Headliner Robert Earl Keen will take the stage at 8 p.m., to entertain with fan favorites such as “The Road Goes On Forever,” “The Front Porch Song,” and “Merry Christmas From the Family.”
The festivities wrap up with arguably the best fireworks display outside of Houston as the always popular Fireworks Extravaganza takes center stage at 9:30 p.m. Perfectly timed to the sounds of patriotic music, this fabulous 30-minute aerial display will thrill young and old alike.
Music is not the only thing going on at Bicentennial Park - there will be a wide variety of food and arts & crafts booths on site selling tasty treats and handmade creations. There will also be a children’s amusement area complete many activities to keep the young-ones busy.
Remember to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and sunscreen to the celebration, and tons of energy to enjoy all of the activities! Pop-up tents, shade tarps or umbrellas in the spectator area are allowed; however, they must be taken down by 6 p.m. Shade tents will be available in the spectator area to escape the sun. Space under the tents is available on a first come basis.
Free public parking will be available at the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center, Robert E. Lee High School, Lee College, Goose Creek Stream Park, and Sterling Library. There are also several other lots located along Texas Avenue.
For additional event information, call Baytown Parks and Recreation at (281)-420-6597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bicentennial Park is located at the corner of Market Street & Lee Drive in Baytown and is easily accessible from State Highway 146, Texas Avenue exit, and from Interstate 10, Spur 330 exit.