Villages Independence Festival
​July 4, 2019


All Events Occur on July 4, 2019

5K FUN RUN  starts at 8:45 am at the intersection of Gaylord and Piney Point and ends 325 Piney Point approximately one hour later. Click here to register .

PARADE steps off at 9:00AM from the Memorial Church of Christ parking lot at
Gaylord and Echo Lane.  For general information on the parade click  here.  Build your own float.

Motorized vehicles will line up in the Memorial Church of Christ parkinglot starting at 8am, southeast corner of Echo Lane and Gaylord.  All vehicles should face Gaylord, we will exit onto Gaylord.

Official School Entries (one per school)
Should line up behind the sign that says "SCHOOL ENTRIES", facing Gaylord.  

Bicycles, trikes, wagons, skaters and walkers will start assembling at 8 am in the Memorial High School fieldhouse at the northeast corner of Echo Lane and Gaylord.

FESTIVAL starts at 325 Piney Point when the parade arrives.  The Festival culminates at 1pm with the spraying of attendees with the Villages Fire Deparment's ladder truck.

Click here to Volunteer

City of Bunker Hill Village 

City of Hedwig Village

City of Hilshire Village

City of Hunters Creek Village

City of Piney Point Village

City of Spring Valley Village

Ecclesia on the West Side

Village Fire Department

Memorial Villages Police Department

Hedwig Village Police Department

Memorial Church of Christ

St. Francis Episcopal Church

Greenwood King Properties


Houston Coca-Cola Bottling Company

James Coney Island

Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty

Metropolitan Transit Authority​

Ragin Cajun

Randall's Food Markets

Sweet Tomatoes

Texas Pride Disposal


Westside Lexus


Founded in 1992 by Memorial Drive Baptist Church (now Ecclesia on the West Side) and the six Memorial Villages, the Villages Independence Festival celebrates our freedoms and our community.  Starting with a parade and fun run (added in 2016) and ending with the Festival intself, the day is devoted to wholesome fun for young and old.  There are numerous rides and games for children. There is a petting zoo, pony rides, mazes, slides, a train, fishing ponds, and bag toss games for the youngest attendees. Face painters, hair spraying and spin art for the teens.

For the adults, local community groups set up booths where members talk about community programs and events. If your community group wants a booth contact Susan Schwartz at [email protected]

The musical entertainment varies from year to year.  The Festival opens with the singing of the National Anthem to the accompaniment of the Spring Branch ISD Honor Band.  Throughout the event live music and dance groups perform on the large stage.

The Festival always ends with the big ladder truck from the fire department spraying water from the top of its fully extended ladder over the kids who gather in the middle of the grounds.


Parking is available at:
  1. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (11612 Memorial Drive) in their east parking lot off of Blalock, and
  2. Memorial High School main lot on the west side of Echo lane (fieldhouse parking will be closed). 

Metro shuttle busses will run a circuit to pick up passengers and deliver them to the Festival grounds from 7:45am until 2:15pm the day of the event.   Click for map.

Volunteer Info
Steve Peters
[email protected]

Booth and Festival Info
Susan Schwartz

[email protected]

Parade Info
Marc Schwartz
[email protected]

Ecclesia on the West Side
Jim Doremus
[email protected]

Wayne Brown
[email protected]

Donations may be sent to:
Villages Independence Festival
c/o Susan Blevins
City of Hilshire Village
8301 Westview
Houston, Tx 77055