HOUSTON, TX — Coronavirus cases continue to drop across the country while the number of those who are fully vaccinated continues to rise, which means there is even more reason to celebrate this Independence Day. July 4 is almost here, so it’s time to find out what Fourth of July fireworks and festivities are going on near you.
We have all the fireworks shows, parades and festivals happening in and around Houston so you can start planning now.
Here’s what’s in store this July 4 in Houston:
Where: ABC13 Houston, Eleanor Tinsley Park (off Allen Parkway, Houston)
When: 7-10 p.m., July 4
Houston’s signature day-long 4th of July celebration is on hold for another year, but Freedom Over Texas will be broadcast by ABC13. The virtual celebration will include a stellar lineup of musical guests, including Academy of Country Music Award winners Lee Brice and Jimmie Allen. American Idol contestant Alanis Sophia, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers, the Houston Symphony and Houston Methodist Singers round out the event’s performers. The event will close with a fireworks show, which will take place west of downtown. It can be viewed on the broadcast, and Eleanor Tinsley Park will be open only for people viewing the fireworks in person. Every year a portion of the proceeds from Freedom Over Texas go to the Houston Food Bank, and this year’s edition will include a text-to-give promotion. For more information, see the Freedom Over Texas website.
What: Celebration of Independence Parade & Festival
Where: Great Lawn and Loftin Park (7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire)
When: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., July 3
The City of Bellaire is hosting a parade and festival on Independence Eve. The parade kicks off the festivities at 9:30 a.m. The children’s bike parade will start in front of the rest of the parade participants with both following the same route along South Rice Avenue. Stick around for the festival, which starts at approximately 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn of Bellaire City Hall. There will be food vendors, live music, entertainment and plenty of activities for residents to enjoy. For more information, go to the Celebration of Independence website or call the Bellaire Recreation Center at 713-662-8280.
What: South County Fourth of July Parade
Where: Market Street, The Woodlands
When: 9 a.m. (pre-parade entertainment at 8 a.m.), July 3
Get a great view of the parade in the center of The Woodlands. The parade route is a square around Grogan’s Mill Road, Lake Robbins Drive and Lake Woodlands Drive, connecting around Market Street. The 1.3-mile parade will feature marching bands, floats, fire engines and more. Stick around after to enjoy a Saturday afternoon on the Waterway, which features a number of intriguing shops and delicious eateries.
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What: Liberty on the Lawn
Where: Redemption Square (250 Assay St., Houston)
When: 5-9 p.m., July 3
Musical acts Bri Bagwell, No Rehearsal and Jenna Lynn are confirmed for the event, which also will have entertainment for kids, food available for purchase and a fireworks show. Admission and parking are free. For more information or to RSVP, see the event Facebook page.
What: Stars at Night – A Salute to Service
Where: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands)
When: 8 p.m., July 3
The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra will perform in a free concert to celebrate America’s birthday and honor local service heroes. The orchestra, led by Artistic Director Darryl Bayer, will feature a selection of patriotic favorites in this Independence Eve celebration. The event will also recognize local teachers, first responders, medical teams and front line workers who exemplified service during the pandemic. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
What: Baytown 4th of July Celebration
Where: Bicentennial Park (1001 Market St., Baytown)
When: 6 p.m., July 3; 4 p.m., July 4
This two-day festival has a long lineup of musical acts over a wide variety of genres. On Sunday, there will be a parade at 5:30 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Awards will be given out for parade entries in 15 different categories. For more information, click here.
What: Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
Where: City Centre (800 Town & Country Blvd., Houston)
When: 7-11 p.m., July 4
Four hours of live music and good food from a wide variety of restaurants in City Centre are an excellent draw for an evening out, and the 15-minute fireworks spectacular is sure to dazzle. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but parking in the City Centre garage is $10 with only cash accepted. Ride-hailing via Uber or Lyft is recommended, and there will be designated pick up and drop off locations. No outside food or drinks are allowed. For more information, visit the website or City Centre Facebook page.
What: 24th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza
Where: Throughout The Woodlands
- Town Green Park Festival Location (2099 Lake Robbins Drive)
- Waterway Square Festival Location (31 Waterway Square Place)
- Northshore Park Festival Location (2505 Lake Woodlands Drive)
- Rob Fleming Park Festival Location (6055 Creekside Forest Drive)
- Hughes Landing Festival Location (1900 Hughes Landing Boulevard)
When: 6-10 p.m., July 4
Last year’s event was diminished to a drive-in fireworks show, but the Red, Hot & Blue Festival is ready to go again in 2021. The highlight is the 18-minute fireworks display that begins at 9:30 p.m. The primary display will be adjacent to the Northshore Park location with a secondary close-proximity display with special effects at Town Green Park. Other displays will be at Rob Fleming Park and Waterway Square. Be sure to look at the sky beforehand as test fires will be shot off at 9, 9:10 and 9:20 p.m. to give spectators a chance to get a good viewing spot. All locations will feature a wide variety of live music, entertainment and food perfect for America’s birthday bash. For more information and maps of the location, click here.
What: Town Center July 4th Festival and Fireworks
Where: Kingwood Town Center (8 N. Main St., Kingwood)
When: 3-9 p.m., July 4
Hear music from Andy Rodrigues, Continental House Band and Honky Tonk Revivalists, and eat to your heart’s (or stomach’s) content from a variety of local food vendors. Check out the extensive craft booths as well. The event will end with the bang of a fireworks show at 9 p.m. To view the full list of food and craft vendors or to sign up as a vendor, go to the festival website.
What: Kings Harbor July 4 Fireworks + Concert
Where: Kings Harbor (1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood)
When: 7-10 p.m., July 4
Shotgun Road Band will play a concert beginning at 7 p.m. and the event will end with fireworks off the pier at 9:30 p.m. Parking is limited, so ride hailing is encouraged. Click here for more information.
What: Tomball July 4th Celebration and Street Festival
Where: Business 249 north of Four Corners (28000 Tomball Parkway, Tomball)
When: 6-10 p.m., July 4
Tomball’s award-winning 4th of July festival has an abundance of food and fun for all ages. The Mambo Jazz Kings will provide live music entertainment, and the event also will feature a kids zone. The fireworks show begins around 9:15 p.m., and the 8 p.m. preshow and fireworks show music can be heard on 95.3 FM. For more information, go to the event Facebook page.
What: Red, White & Boom
Where: Crown Festival Park (18355 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land)
When: 7-10 p.m., July 4
The free festival offers food, vendors, entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display. Parking is limited at the venue, so attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the continuous shuttle from The University of Houston-Sugar Land at 14000 University Blvd. No coolers or large objects are allowed on the shuttle. For more information, go to the event website.
What: Katy Freedom Celebration (Fireworks Display)
Where: Near Katy Mills Mall and Typhoon Texas (Katy Mills Drive, Katy)
When: 9 p.m., July 4
Katy will host its fourth 4th of July annual fireworks display at 9 p.m. near Katy Mills Mall and Typhoon Texas. According to the event page on Facebook, the usual morning program is canceled because of ongoing projects. When parking for the fireworks, avoid parking on roadway shoulders or medians. For more information, click here.
What: City of Deer Park’s Annual 4th Fest
Where: Jimmy Burke Activity Center (500 W. 13th St., Deer Park)
When: 4-10 p.m., July 4
Join in for a picnic-style family event in Deer Park featuring lawn games such as cornhole and jumbo-sized Connect Four and Jenga. Picnic lunches are available through pre-sale only for $10. Each box contains an Italian Po’boy Sub, a bag of Kettle chips and a cookie. Call Susan Mele with the Art Park Players at 281-478-7288. Concessions will be available for cash only on the day of the event. OMG will provide live music entertainment from 7-9:15 p.m. and will be shortly followed by a fireworks show. Click here for more information.
What: Fireworks at the Fairgrounds
Where: Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds (7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena)
When: 6 p.m., July 4
Come out to the fairgrounds and celebrate America’s birthday with a dazzling fireworks display. Gates open at 6 p.m., and there will be food available for purchase from vendors on site. Parking and viewing spots will be first come, first served. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. For more information, see the event Facebook page.
What: 126th Annual Past, Present & Future Independence Day Celebration
- Centennial Park (2200 S. Friendswood Dr.) Sunday
- Stevenson Park (1100 S. Friendswood Dr.) Monday
When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. Monday
Friendswood’s signature 4th of July celebration kicks off with food and entertainment from The Spazmatics in Centennial Park on Sunday night. The evening wraps up with a fireworks display at approximately 9:20 p.m. The city picks back up where it left off Monday morning with a grand parade down Friendswood Drive between Heritage Drive and Stevenson Park beginning at 10 a.m. More food, fun and live entertainment follows at Stevenson Park. For more information, click here.
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