10 Ways To Celebrate The Fourth Of July In Houston

From fireworks to concerts and pie-eating contests, we’ve rounded up Independence Day celebrations happening around the greater Houston area.

Houston Symphony Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Houston Symphony Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

As many Houstonians may remember, last year’s Fourth of July consisted of heavy downpour, flooded streets and canceled events around the area. But this year, the forecast looks promising, with only a 25% chance of rain so far. If you don’t have enough time to plan a BBQ or purchase your own fireworks, there are multiple celebrations for all ages happening around Houston. 

  1. Citgo’s Freedom Over Texas: As the city of Houston’s annual event, it includes a concert as well as fireworks. Two country artists will perform at the event — Jake Owen, a chart-topping singer, will be headlining, while Kellie Pickler, a country singer from American Idol, will be a special guest performer. The evening will conclude with a fireworks performance.

    When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where: Eleanor Tinsley Park
    Cost: $8.00 online before July 3 and $10 on the day of event; children 5 and under can enter free of charge with a paid adult

  2. ExxonMobil’s Star-Spangled Salute: As a part of Summer Symphony Nights, the Houston Symphony will play patriotic songs such as “812 Overture” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever”. The annual performance will be followed by a firework celebration. 

    When: Starts at 8:30 p.m.
    Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre
    Cost: Free

  3. Independence Day Firework Spectacular: There will be live country and pop music from People’s Choice Band. There’s also a 15-minute fireworks show that starts at 9:30 p.m.

    : 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Where: CityCentre
    Cost: Free, but parking at CityCentre garages is $10 in cash only
  4. Woodland’s Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza: There will be food vendors, booths and activities for children, such as face painting. Starting at 9:30 pm, there will be an 18-minute firework show over the Woodlands Town Center.

    : 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where: Town Green Park and along The Woodlands Waterway
    Cost: Free
    Fireworks from Citgo Freedom Over Texas event.
    Fireworks from Citgo Freedom Over Texas event. July 4th, 2017.
  5. Katy Freedom Celebration: The morning activities include bounce houses, a dunking booth, food and a petting zoo. In the evening, there will be fireworks and music.

    When: The morning program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the evening program starts at 9 p.m.
    Where: The morning event is at Katy Heritage Park and Fire Station #1, while the evening program is near Typhoon Texas and Katy Mills Mall.
    Cost: Free

  6. Sugar Lands’s Red, White and Boom Event: This event includes face painting, food trucks and live concerts. Foo Fakers, a Houston rock band, and the Hayden Baker band, a country band, will also be performing. The event will conclude with a firework display.

    When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where: Crown Festival Park
    Cost: Free, but free tickets are required and will not be available on the day of the event

  7. City of Nassau Bay’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration: This event begins with a water gun competition at 12 p.m., followed by a Fourth of July parade at 6 p.m. and a pie eating contest at 6:15 p.m. Fireworks will begin promptly at 9 p.m.

    When: 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Where: Parade begins at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, fireworks at Lake Nassau Park
    Cost: Free

  8. Firewood’s 4th of July Concert and Fireworks: There will be a performance by Dennis Davis Band and a fireworks display right off the pier at 9:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

    When: Starts at 9:30 p.m.
    Where: King’s Harbor
    Cost: Free

  9. Pasadena’s 4th of July Festival: There will be hayrides, food vendors, a BBQ cookoff and kid’s activities. There will also be live performances by Kevin Fowler, a Texas country singer-songwriter, and Th3rd Coast Roots, a reggae band. The event will finish off with a firework display.

    When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where: Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds
    Cost: Free

  10. Kidpendence Day: There will be a Captain America and Wonder Woman meet-and-greet at 11 a.m. and an American flag giveaway at 12 p.m.

    When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Where: Children’s Museum of Houston
    Cost: $12