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Happy 4th of July!

Have you made your plans yet?
Here are some ideas to make your 4th great!



Looking for a family-friendly location to celebrate July 4th? Over the past several years, the CITYCENTRE district has become a favorite for Houstonians from around the city, many who start their day off on the numerous restaurant patios that surround the development's central plaza before gearing up for the evening's complimentary line up of live music and fireworks. This year, CITYCENTRE makes it a four-day affair with entertainment beginning on July 1, when the Pete Simple Band bring their pop and rock sounds to the district from 7 until 10 pm. On Saturday, July 2, inspirational music comes courtesy of Janell McDonald & Grace Point starting at 7 pm. On July 3, the Max Flinn Band hits the stage with a country playlist from 7 until 10 pm, and the celebration concludes on July 4, with People’s Choice Band from 7 until 11 pm with a 15 minute fireworks spectacular at 9:30pm.

800 Town and Country Boulevard


Radio Milano | Milano Bar

Kick off your Fourth of July celebration with a Backyard BBQ at CITYCENTRE’s Radio Milano. The tiki inspired BBQ will run from 3:00 - 8:00 PM on the Radio Milano’s Milano Bar Patio. Other festive dishes from the grill include burgers, hot dogs, nachos and more (also available to go). Home-made ice cream and snow cones are also available for the kiddos. For the adults, pair your meal with one of the restaurant’s featured tiki cocktails ($12). Other refreshing libations include Popsicle Cocktails ($9), Texas style Messina Hoff Sangrias ($8), “Murica Flights” of Herman Marshall Whiskey ($15) and Domestic Beer Buckets ($12 for 6). Make a day of it and sign-up for outdoor classics like beer pong and corn hole. Reservations are available for both indoor and patio seating at Milano Bar.

For those wanting a taste of Texas while staying out of the summer heat, Radio Milano will be serving a Texas themed three-course, prix fixe menu for $25 per person. An “All American Wine Flight” of Oregonian Rosé, is also available at $20 per person. Complimentary valet parking is available for all Radio Milano and Milano Bar guests.

800 Sorella Court


Freedom Over Texas

Houston’s official July 4th celebration takes place in Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou
and features live entertainment, food booths and a world-famous fireworks display.

Times: 4 - 10 pm


ExxonMobile Summer Symphony Nights Star
Spangled Salute Miller Outdoor Theater
8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening with the Houston Symphony listening to patriotic, toe-tapping American music. Make sure to stay until the end for the 1812 Overture-complete with booming cannons! This celebration concludes with a magnificent display of fireworks provided by Miller Theatre Advisory Board.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.


Need some gear for your festivities?

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Women's Flag Ringer Americana Tank Charcoal Gray - Zoe+Liv (Juniors')

$39.00 - $50.00

These “firecrackers” are safe for everyone.
July Fourth Party Crackers


Save the Date!

August 26
The Womens Hospital 14th Annual
Labor Day Luncheon and Style Show
Royal Sonesta Hotel

To purchase tickets, please contact Kemah Blair at (713) 964-5431
or kblair@marchofdimes.org.
For all event details, please call (713) 867-3248 or email llucas@thecompany.com

Houston Philanthropy

MODERN WIDOWS CLUB OPENS NEW CHAPTER FOR NORTHWEST HOUSTON/KATY AREA Houston Nonprofit Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary with Three Area Chapters

Natalie Lancaster

The nonprofit Modern Widows Club (MWC) has announced the opening of a new chapter serving the Northwest Houston and Katy areas. This brings the number of chapters in the Houston area to three, with one in central Houston and another in The Woodlands. Modern Widows Club Houston celebrates its three-year anniversary, having been founded here in 2014. Modern Widows Club Houston is part of a national organization that provides widow mentoring, leadership and empowerment through member services, active social media sites and an inspirational blog. The organization aspires to be a bridge of understanding, comfort, compassion and positive change between a widow and her community and is non-denominational. The Northwest Houston/Katy chapter of MWC will meet the third Wednesday of every month at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 15015 Memorial Dr. near Eldridge Road at 6:30 p.m. Women of all ages, faiths and backgrounds are invited to attend.

“Modern Widows Club serves to empower widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in society,” says Natalie Lancaster, Regional Leader over the Houston chapters of Modern Widows Club. “We welcome women of diverse background and beliefs into our organization. It’s not a grief counseling group, but women find comfort and solace in sharing their stories with others, in building fellowship and even in job networking.” Lancaster explained that education is an important aspect of the Modern Widows Club, especially in the area of finances. In many cases, the husband handled the finances, insurance and taxes, so the newly-widowed wife must now take over what can be a daunting task. “Money and money management can be big issues for many women, and now they no longer have the husband’s income to support them,” says Lancaster. “Guest speakers can help educate on financial topics. We also brainstorm jobs and new careers that women might consider if they are returning to the work force after a long absence.” The MWC chapter for central Houston meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church at 2450 River Oaks Blvd., while The Woodlands chapter has meetings every third Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30pm , at The Canopy, at Memorial Herman Woodlands Hospital in Medical Plaza 1, 1120 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 250, TX Woodlands

“I want to invite Houston-area widows to check us out when they feel comfortable stepping back into social situations,” says Lancaster. “For me personally, it’s been a life-changing experience after losing my husband Kevin in 2011. I now want to mentor and assist other women who have had similar experiences and may feel overwhelmed or at a loss for what to do next.”

For more information about Modern Widows Club,
visit the website at modernwidowsclub.com and click on the “Chapters” tab or email natalie@modernwidowsclub.com

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