Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be open on the 4th of July and is sponsoring a free 4th of July concert. Free entrance to the concert, along with free watermelon, will begin at 6:45 p.m., and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, call 409-670-9113 or visit

The Orange Community Band, along with members of the Liberty Community Band, will conduct the concert and perform patriotic songs in celebration of Independence Day. The Orange Community Band is directed by Arthur Ferris and is made up of members ranging from high school students to senior citizens.

“Last year’s concert was spectacular, and we look forward to more patriotic songs this year.  Plus, nothing is better than patriotic songs with free ice cold watermelon. We will be distributing watermelon until supplies run out or until the beginning of the concert,” said Michael Hoke, Director of Shangri La.

Members-only and handicapped parking is available inside Shangri La. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 409-670-9113 or visit