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July 4th Celebrations in Houston

Your guide to family-friendly activities Independence Day 2016!

Freedom Over Texas event in Houston

Freedom Over Texas featuring Darius Rucker
Eleanor Tinsley Park
July 4. 4pm-10pm
$5 per person through May 31, $8 per person June 1 – July 3, $10 per person day of show
Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for Houston’s annual patriotic celebration, US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday, July 4 at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway). Darius Rucker, former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer and current country superstar will headline the annual event on the US Family Health Plan Stage that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display.Joining Rucker on the main stage will be Houston favorites The Suffers showcasing their signature fusion of rock ‘n roll and “Gulf Coast Soul” and contemporary country artist Brooke Eden, a Florida native and Rucker tour regular. learn more

July 4th Celebration at Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 
July 4. 1pm-5pm
With performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and much more, join the the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to celebrate Independence Day at Houston's home for American decorative arts and paintings. A reading of the Declaration of Independence beings at 3 p.m. on the Diana Terrace of the Bayou Bend house and will be followed by birthday cake. And don't forget to sign the giant replica of the Declaration of Independence before you leave to remind us the freedom and privileges we have in this country. learn more

Miller Outdoor Theatre

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: Star-Spangled Salute
Miller Outdoor Theatre
July 4. 8:30pm
Enjoy an evening with the Houston Symphony and conductor, Steven Reineke as they play patriotic classics. Be sure to stay for the finale of 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons, which will be followed by the fireworks spectacular provided by Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Open seating will be available on the hill while free tickets will also be available while they last for the covered seating area. Tickets can be picked up at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the event between 10:30 am - 1 pm. learn more

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4th of July Weekend at CityCentre
July 3-5
The July 4 weekend welcomes four nights of free concerts plus an Independence Day fireworks spectacular to CityCentre! learn more

Houston Symphony's Star Spangled Salute
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 
July 3. 8pm
Celebrate America's birthday with a bang at the annual Star-Spangled Salute July 3. This free Independence Eve spectacular, which has been a tradition at The Pavilion for over 25 years, features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites. Steven Reineke conducts and is joined by vocalist, Christopher Johnstone. Doors open at 6:30 pm. learn more

The Woodlands

19th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza
Town Green Park and Waterway Square, Woodlands, TX
July 4. 6 pm - 10 pm
This all evening event celebrating American Heroes, will have two locations along the Waterway. Enjoy your Independence Day at both Town Green Park and Waterway Square, each featuring a main stage and activities for all ages. learn more

4th Fest in Pasadena 
Pasadena Convention Center
July 4. 4pm-10pm
Being Pasadena's largest city-sponsored event, 4th Fest provides fun activities for all ages throughout the evening. Before the 20-minute fireworks show at the end of the event, live music will be performed by The Slags, a Houston cover band that will play a range from today's hits to the classics. Also included in the lineup of activities is the USMC Toys for Tots BBQ Cook-off, water balloon fights, a kid-zone, sports, games and a car/truck show. learn more

The Katy Freedom Celebration
Katy Mills Mall
July 4. 9:30pm
The Katy Freedom Celebration fireworks display will be launched between the east side of the mall and Katy Fort Bend Road. This display begins at approximately 9:30pm and can be viewed from several miles around the mall area. learn more

July 4th Fireworks for Pearland celebration

July 4th Parade and Festival
Bellaire, TX
July 4.9:30am - Parade; 10am-1pm - Festival 
The Fourth of July parade will begin at 9:30am, led by the children's parade. To participate in the parade is free. However, only the first 75 applicants will be taken to march. Kids of all ages can march in the parade with decorative and festive bikes, wagons and even costumes, and without entering in advance. Following promptly after the parade, which will roughly be around 10am, the festival begins at the Bellaire Town Square. There will be a petting zoo, moon jumps, carnival games - including a dunk tank - and a mini Ferris wheel. Food and game tickets will be available to purchase at the festival. learn more

Celebration of Freedom
Pearland High School Football Stadium (3775 South Main, Pearland, TX)
July 4. 6-10 pm 
Join the city of Pearland in celebrating our country's birthday! Stadium and field seating will be available at no charge beginning at 6 p.m. A VFW military salute will begin the evening's entertainment, followed by a performance of the National Anthem. Then sit back, relax and sing along to the sounds of featured band, The Slags, on the HEB Entertainment Stage! learn more

Fourth of July Celebration at Kemah Boardwalk
July 4. All day with fireworks at 9:30 pm. 
Live music & patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay. Enjoy all the rides, games, and restaurants the Boardwalk has to offer with a free fireworks show to end the night. learn more

Kemah Boardwalk

Missouri City's 4th of July Celebration
Buffalo Run Park 
July 4. 6pm-9pm
Missouri City’s patriotic tradition offers plenty of fun and excitement for the whole family! From 6-9 pm, free activities will be available for children including rides, moonwalks, a rock wall, face painting and more! Food will be available for purchase from the finest food trucks and local vendors and a fireworks show will wrap up the evening. The show will begin at 9:15 pm and stadium seating will be available at Thurgood Marshall High School. learn more

177th City of Galveston Celebration Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
Galveston Island
July 4. 7:30pm - Parade (Along Seawall Boulevard from 28th Street to 53rd Street)
Coming up the evening of July 4, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:45 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 41st Street and ending at 12th Street.  After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard. learn more 

Fulshear Freedom Festival
Downtown Fulshear
The Fulshear Freedom Fest, hosted by the City of Fulshear and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 2016, 6 PM - 9:30PM in Downtown Fulshear. Music, parade, children's activities, fireworks, shopping, and food, this event has it all! learn more

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