Begin your family’s Fourth of July holiday with a bang at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Star-Spangled Salute July 3 at 8 p.m. This annual Houston Symphony concert is FREE and features a wide array of patriotic entertainment led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and accompanied by nationally acclaimed vocalist Kaitlyn Lusk. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., so arrive early to claim your perfect spot and participate in the pre-concert activities.

Enjoy the heartwarming sounds of the “Fanfare and Star-Spangled Banner,” “The Thunderer” and “Fantasy on American Themes.” Lusk performs pieces from the Judy Garland songbook such as “The Trolley Song,” “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” and “Over the Rainbow.” She also accompanies the symphony in “God Bless America” and “American Anthem” from Ken Burns’ celebrated documentary “The War.” For the finalé, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is conducted by Krajewski as cannons are fired from atop the hill for everyone to enjoy.

Krajewski returns to The Pavilion to celebrate another year of patriotic commemoration. His inspired programs, charming personality and enjoyable sense of humor leave him in great demand as a guest conductor for symphonies across the country. With this in mind, July 3 promises to be an evening filled with laughter and great entertainment.

Since its commencement in 1990, the Star-Spangled Salute has been generously sponsored by The Woodlands Development Company.

“Through its Good Neighbors Community Partnership Program, The Woodlands Development Company is pleased to continue our support of this free, community-wide event that celebrates freedom and kicks off family-oriented 4th of July activities throughout The Woodlands,” said Debra Staley, director of public affairs for TWDC.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., when the gates open, the North Plaza is filled with activities for the entire family. Children can meet Uncle Sam and snag a free 4th of July flag. They can also pose for pictures with The Woodlands’ lovable mascot, Puffy Pine Cone. Actors from Class Act Productions’ “West Side Story” perform songs from the play that runs from July 18-26. So, join us for these enjoyable festivities before the main event. Guests can register-to-win Tommy Bahamas’ “Best Seats in the House.”

Admission is FREE for this night of patriotic fun! All seating is general admission, so pack a picnic, bring a blanket and relax on the hill. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into the venue for this all-American celebration. Free lawn chairs are available - while they last - for this and all performing arts events this season.

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for the on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Ticket Office. Guests also can park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit

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