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Here are the best places to celebrate the 4th of July in Houston

Revelers celebrate on the banks of the bayou at Eleanor Tinsley Park during Freedom Over Texas.

Photo: Juan DeLeon, FRE / For the Chronicle

Here’s an overview of fireworks and other events on July 4th in the greater Houston area to commemorate America’s birthday.


Kiddependence week: The week-long celebration at the Children’s Museum of Houston will feature a meet-and-greet with Captain America and patriotic arts and crafts. 10am-6pm through July 2; 1500 Binz;

Freedom Festival: The Southwest Management District is hosting a free, family-friendly festival with concerts, dancers and models; She Wolf, a Shakira tribute band, is making headlines; 1pm-9pm July 3, PlazAmericas Mall, 7500 Bellaire;

Independence Day Festival: Railway Heights’ celebration includes more than 70 vendors, live music, a kids’ area and special food pop-ups serving Texas BBQ, a whole roast pig and crawfish. 5-10 p.m. July 3; 8200 Washington; Bahnhö

4th of July Celebration in Bayou Bend:
The annual festival features an extravaganza of Americana with performers, crafts, activities, refreshments and a giant replica of the Declaration of Independence for anyone to sign. noon-5pm July 4th; Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial;

Shell Freedom over Texas:
Houston’s annual festival at Buffalo Bayou features six hours of festivities followed by a musically choreographed “Texas-sized” fireworks display finale. Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, sister country duo Walker County, rapper Blanco Brown, country band Sawyer Brown and country star Clay Walker will perform. There will also be an All-American Kids Zone; Bud Light Seltzer Summer Sizzle; Dr Pepper Cool Zone featuring Houston pro sports teams, live music and food; Liberty Park with symbols of liberty, the Space City Experience and a salute to all five branches of the military. 4 July 4pm-10pm; Eleanor Tinsley Park, 901 W. Bagby. Tickets $10, free for children 5 and under;

Spectacular fireworks display on Independence Day:
The CityCentre hosts an evening of live music, food and a 10-minute fireworks show. 7-11pm July 4th; 800 town and country;

Roof concert on July 4th:
The July 4th celebrations on the roof of The Post will include a performance by the Houston Brass Band and expansive views of downtown. 7:30-9:30pm July 4th; 401 Franklin;


Baytown’s Fourth of July Celebration:
The two-day celebration features food, vendors, fireworks and live music. The Spazmatics and Vanilla Ice perform July 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; David Lee Garza, Cody Hibbard and The Band Perry perform on July 4 from 4pm to 9:30pm. Fireworks start at 9:30pm. Bicentennial Park, 1001 Market;


Celebration of Independence Parade and Festival:
The celebrations begin with a children’s bike parade along South Rice and Linden. Celebrations follow the parade, including a live band, petting zoo, carnival games and food vendors in Bellaire Town Square. 9:30am-1:00pm July 4; 7008 S. Rice;


Fourth Feast:
Deer Park’s celebrations take place at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center. There will be a cornhole tournament, live music with The Band Hennessey, food attractions and fireworks. 5:00-9:15 p.m. July 4; 500 W 13th St.;


Freedom for everyone:
Friendswood invites the community to spend the evening at Centennial Park with live music, food and an extravagant fireworks display. The morning begins at 10am with a parade up Friendswood between Heritage and Stevenson Park; followed by rides, food and fun at Stevenson Park; Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood;


Fulshear Freedom Festival:
The event features live music from Bag of Donuts, vendors, food trucks, a kids’ area and a fireworks show. 6-9:30pm July 4th; Fulshear High School, 9302 Charging Station;


4th of July Parade and Drone Show:
Galveston Island celebrates its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated vehicles and performers. The parade begins at 6 p.m. with a procession down Seawall Boulevard, beginning at 59th Street and ending at 27th Street. After the parade, the island will host drone shows over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall. July 4th;


Katy Freedom Celebration:
The City of Katy and Typhoon Texas are hosting a celebration together starting July 4 at 11 a.m. A fireworks show celebrating freedom begins at 9 p.m. and can be viewed from the water park, 555 Katy Fort Bend Road, or Katy Mills Mall.


Kemah Celebration on July 4th:
The event features live music and fireworks over Galveston Bay. 9:30 p.m. July 4; Kemah Promenade, 215 Kipp;


July 4th family game festival:
The celebration in Town Center Park features live music and family-oriented games, including a free Kid Zone with a bouncy castle and slide, as well as Giant Jenga, Cornhole and Giant Connect 4. The evening concludes with a spectacular patriotic musical laser show. 3-9pm July 4th; 8 N. Main;


MCTX Independence Day Festival:
Attendees can enjoy a variety of free entertainment, carnival games, live music performances, tasty treats from local vendors, and cap off the evening with an amazing fireworks display. 4 July 4pm-9pm; Houston Community College, 1600 Texas Pkwy;


Independence Day Celebration:
The city of Nassau Bay will be celebrating with several activities across the city. The celebrations will begin with a citywide water fight from 12pm to 2pm, the celebration will continue at 5pm at David Braun Park where there will be live performances and a cake contest. The annual parade honoring Nassau Bay Veterans begins at 6:00 p.m.; the fireworks show over Lake Nassau takes place at 9:00 p.m. on July 4; David Braun Park, 18900 Upper Bay Rd.;


4. Celebration:
The event features food trucks, a kids zone, hay wagon rides, vendors, fireworks and live music from The Slags and Gray Falls. 4-9:15 p.m. July 4; Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont;


Celebration of Freedom:
The Independence Park event features live music by Adrian Michael and the Greenway Band, entertainment on a walk, food trucks, vendors and fireworks. 6pm-10pm July 4th; 3449 Pearland Parkway.;


Red, White and Boom:
The event features fireworks, as well as a kids’ zone, craft stations, live entertainment and food. 6pm-10pm July 4th; The Crown Festival Park, 18355 US 59 S.;


Starred Salute:
Houston Symphony presents its annual patriotic music concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30pm in the North and South Plazas and include free souvenirs, photo opportunities with characters, a special art project and a petting zoo. 8 p.m. July 3; 2005 Lake Robbins;

Red, Hot and Blue Festival:
Enjoy a variety of celebrations at locations throughout The Woodlands. Live music is offered at the sites from 6pm, with bands playing until the fireworks extravaganza on July 4th at around 9:30pm; visit website for times and locations; Visit

4th of July Parade in South Montgomery County:
The 1.3 mile parade travels through The Woodlands, past Market Street and Town Green Park. The annual event features marching bands, fire trucks, clowns, floats and more. 9 am July 4th;


4th of July Celebration and Street Festival:
The celebration features live music from Mango Punch, food vendors, a kids’ zone, and a special patriotic tribute to America and its veterans. 6-9:30pm July 4th; Texas 249 Business, north of FM 2920;

  • Ana Khan

    Ana Khan is the calendar coordinator for the Houston Chronicle’s features section.