PASADENA — The Houston Ship Channel will have its Centennial Family Festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Bayport Cruise Terminal, 4700 Samoth, in Pasadena.

“The Centennial Family Festival is our chance to give back to local families, employees, neighbors and supporters who are the backbone of the Houston Ship Channel,” said H. Thomas Kornegay, chairman of Promote Houston Ship Channel 2014 Inc. “The festival will be a lively and educational celebration.”

There will be a range of activities that will include a water zone where attendees will get a close-up look at vessels including the Houston Pilot Boat, the M/V Sam Houston, USCG vessels and Port of Houston Authority Emergency Response vessels.

There also will be a Kid Zone, Landside Equipment Zone, and Historical Zone, along with complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, chips and favorites like popcorn and snow cones. Water and lemonade also will be available.

Additional Centennial Family Festival highlights include a DJ playing music throughout the afternoon and the daily traffic of the ship channel, which will serve as the festival’s backdrop.

The event is in conjunction with the Maritime and Logistics Youth Expo, an outreach program focused on Maritime Academy students and stakeholders.

The Centennial Family Fest is free, but attendees must register to obtain their tickets, which will include a predetermined time slot for arrival at

Parking will be accessible on site and a shuttle will run to and from nearby parking areas.

At a glance

WHAT: The Houston Ship Channel Centennial Family Festival

WHEN: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6

WHERE: Bayport Cruise Terminal, 4700 Samoth, in Pasadena

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