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Memorial Villages’ Independence Day Festival 2019

Maria Morkas
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Cresta Smith, Oliver Smith

Cresta and Oliver Smith celebrate Independence Day. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Embellished in red, white and blue, Memorial Villages gathered to celebrate the 243rd American Independence Day with the Villages Independence Festival. By partaking in various family-oriented activities, like a fun run, parade and musical entertainment, residents honored our freedoms and our community. With a 5K fun run into the festivities, the day served as an enjoyable opportunity for family members of all ages.

There were rides and games, including a petting zoo, pony rides, mazes, water slides, a train, fishing ponds and a bag toss game for kids. Other fun activities included face painters, hair spraying and spin art for teenagers. For adults, multiple groups had set up booths where residents showcased and conversed about local events and programs.

Though the music entertainment varies from year to year, as per tradition, the festival commenced by singing the National Anthem to the accompaniment of the Spring Branch ISD’s Honor Band. Local music and dance groups performed throughout the event.

The festival ended with a fire truck spraying water from the top of its fully extended ladder over kids who gathered in the middle of the grounds.

 

  • Girl Scouts

    The Girl Scouts parade in a red, white and blue float. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Cub Scouts

    Cub Scouts celebrate Independence Day. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Parade float

    The parade was filled with festively adorned floats. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Float

    Veterans celebrate Independence Day with a colorful float. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Police and firemen

    Pictured (from left) Memorial Villages' Captain Paul Warner, Fire Chief David Foster, Police Chief David Gott and Police Chief Ray Schultz pose in front of a fire truck. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Spring Branch ISD’s Honor Band students

    Spring Branch ISD’s Honor Band students (from left)  Luke Lorentzatos, Joshua Bearden, Brian Nguyen and Alnoor Hasanov pose before they perform the National Anthem. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Vanessa Jessurun, Venae Jessurun

    Vanessa Jessurun and Venae Jessurun show off their red, white and blue gear. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Riley Call

    Riley Call enjoys a pony ride. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Stephen Monsen, Sonya Heath, Bill Haglund, Bill Hall, Sheila Franklin,

    (From left) Stephen Monsen, Judge Sonya Heath, Bill Haglund, Bill Hall and Sheila Franklin serve cool watermelon to neighbors. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Dan Gartner, Kimberly Gartner, Jacqueline Wright, Nicole Wright,

    (From left) Dan Gartner, Kimberly Gartner, Jacqueline Wright and Nicole Wright enjoy an American style lunch. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Bailey Mcnealy

    Bailey Mcnealy gets her face painted. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

  • Girl Scouts
  • Cub Scouts
  • Parade float
  • Float
  • Police and firemen
  • Spring Branch ISD’s Honor Band students
  • Vanessa Jessurun, Venae Jessurun
  • Riley Call
  • Stephen Monsen, Sonya Heath, Bill Haglund, Bill Hall, Sheila Franklin,
  • Dan Gartner, Kimberly Gartner, Jacqueline Wright, Nicole Wright,
  • Bailey Mcnealy

More photos

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts parade in a red, white and blue float. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts celebrate Independence Day. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Parade float

The parade was filled with festively adorned floats. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Float

Veterans celebrate Independence Day with a colorful float. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Police and firemen

Pictured (from left) Memorial Villages' Captain Paul Warner, Fire Chief David Foster, Police Chief David Gott and Police Chief Ray Schultz pose in front of a fire truck. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Spring Branch ISD’s Honor Band students

Spring Branch ISD’s Honor Band students (from left)  Luke Lorentzatos, Joshua Bearden, Brian Nguyen and Alnoor Hasanov pose before they perform the National Anthem. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Vanessa Jessurun, Venae Jessurun

Vanessa Jessurun and Venae Jessurun show off their red, white and blue gear. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Riley Call

Riley Call enjoys a pony ride. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Stephen Monsen, Sonya Heath, Bill Haglund, Bill Hall, Sheila Franklin,

(From left) Stephen Monsen, Judge Sonya Heath, Bill Haglund, Bill Hall and Sheila Franklin serve cool watermelon to neighbors. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Dan Gartner, Kimberly Gartner, Jacqueline Wright, Nicole Wright,

(From left) Dan Gartner, Kimberly Gartner, Jacqueline Wright and Nicole Wright enjoy an American style lunch. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

Bailey Mcnealy

Bailey Mcnealy gets her face painted. (Photo: Maria Morkas)

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