I remember the first year we lived in the Houston, Texas area. We had only been here a month when the 4th of July holiday appeared. We were still learning how to get around just our community let along figure out who, what when and where the Fourth of July fireworks were going to be. If you haven’t decided what to do for the 4th of July, are visiting Houston, new to Houston or just wondering what is available you may feel much like we did that year.
Here’s a helpful guide so you can start planning your holiday celebrations.
On the 4th of July for free! (Free is good right?)
July 4th Parade and Festival, Bellaire, TX July 4. 9:30am – Parade; 10am-1pm – Festival (some charges may apply)
July 4 Celebration at Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens July 4. 1pm-5pm (Free)
Fourth of July Music & Fireworks CityCentre July 4. 6:30pm (Free)
Galveston Island Independence Day Parade and Firework Show (Free) -,July 4. 7:30pm – Parade (Along Seawall Boulevard from 28th Street to 53rd Street)
The Katy Freedom Celebration Katy Mills Mall July 4. 9pm (Free)
The Kingwood 4th of July Parade July 4. Activities begin at 6am (Free)
Fourth of July Festival at Kingwood Town Center ParkJuly 4. 2pm-9pm (Free)
Missouri City’s 4th of July Celebration Buffalo Run Park July 4. 6pm-10pm (Free)
Star Spangles Salute - July 4 Miller Outdoor Theatre 8:30 p.m.
Patriotism shines in this celebration of music and fireworks. The celebration ends with the 1812 Overture, firing of cannons and a fireworks display. Visit Miller Outdoor Theater online for more information.
Pasadena’s Annual 4th Fest Event Pasadena Convention Center July 4. 4pm-10pm (Free)
Old Town Spring Independence Day Celebration June 29, 30 and July 4 (Free)
Red, White and Bluefest Oyster Creek Park, Sugar Land, TX July 4 (Free)
Tomball July 4th Street Party July 4. Activities begin at 2:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m. (Free)
15th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza
Town Green Park and Waterway Square, Woodlands, TX July 4. 6pm-10pm (Free)
Freedom Over Texas - July 4 Eleanor Tinsley Park
Admission $8 per person; Under 5 free
The biggest and often called the best fireworks and 4th of July celebration in the city of Houston includes live music for entertainment, including stars Sara Evans and Billy Currington but food, family fun, activities and more. Look for Radio Disney, Southwest Airlines and Lonestar Museum as part of the activities and entertainment. Visit the Freedom Over Texas website for more information from what you can and can’t bring and where to park.
Don’t see your city listed? Use this helpful guide from our local television station KHOU.
Remember to arrive early to get the best parking spot, don’t forget your “bug spray” and please check the locations as sometimes activities are subject to change.
Have a Happy Fourth of July!