4th of July Parade and Celebration | Saturday, July 4th, 2020 | 9:15 p.m. | Lake Forest Park
Join us as we celebrate Independence Day with a drive-up fireworks show!
*The Keep Henderson Beautiful Parade has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
Battle of the Badges Blood Drive | Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Henderson Civic Center
Join us for our annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive with Henderson Fire Department and Henderson Police Department. This year’s battle is to gather as many donations as possible to help with re-stocking our local blood bank. By uniting as a community, we can save lives and support a great cause.
To schedule your appointment, click here: https://ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/107583
National Night Out | Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. | Downtown Henderson
The City of Henderson in partnership with First Baptist Church will come together with the community to support the Henderson Police Department, Henderson Fire Department, local DPS Officers, EMS, Rusk County Sheriff’s Officers, Rusk County ESD, and other local first responders. Details to be announced soon!
Paint the Town Pink Fundraiser | TBA, October, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. | TBA
Join Henderson Fire Department and the community as we come together to raise money for our Cancer Fund! This fund supports local cancer patients who are in need of assistance. This event takes place at Station 2 where our firefighters and volunteers cook up burger baskets and have raffles for donations.
Heritage Syrup Festival | Saturday, November 14, 2020 |All day | Downtown Henderson/Depot Museum
The tradition of ribbon cane syrup making will be commemorated at the Annual Heritage Syrup Festival, always the second Saturday of November from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The highlight of the only folk life festival in East Texas is the syrup making demonstration on the Depot Museum grounds. Experienced syrup makers operate the museum’s antique mule powered equipment to produce old fashioned cane syrup.
While the syrup cooks, other folk artist demonstrate the techniques of lace making, rope making, basket making, blacksmithing, wood carving, quilting, and other old-time survival skills. Folk singers entertain, antique tractors whine, a petting zoo, and local civic organizations offer a varied selection of food and beverages.
From the museum, the festivities spread six blocks to Heritage Square, which is located in the Downtown National Register Historic District. Browse among the 150 handcrafted arts and crafts booths, sample East Texas cuisine and enjoy the musical entertainment on stage one. Enjoy Henderson’s Civic Theatre performance of a melodrama at the Opera House.
A fun filled experience awaits you on stage two, where you will be entertained by cloggers and square dancers. Relive history while you visit the antique and classic car exhibit. The children’s section provides activities which are sure to promise a fun filled day for the entire family.
Hay ride shuttles, sponsored by the Rusk County 4-H Club, provide rustic transportation between the Depot Museum and Downtown Heritage Square. Call Suzanne Cross, City of Henderson Tourism Coordinator toll free at (866) 650-5529 for more information or Vickie Armstrong at the Depot Museum by calling (903) 657-4303.
Christmas Parade and Santa’s House in Downtown Henderson | TBA | 6:00 p.m. | Downtown Henderson