Wave the stars & stripes at July 4th events around Greater Houston

Freedom Over Texas | Photo courtesy of the City of Houston

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend with four days of 4th of July fun including fireworks, parades, concerts and more from Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4, 2016.

With the 4th of July falling on a Monday, it’s only natural that Independence Day Weekend will stretch into the start of the week.

While most of the events fall on the 4th of July itself, patriotic flag-wavers will find plenty to keep them entertained from the start of the weekend to the beginning of the work week.

Things to Do All Weekend

  • Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at CityCentre | Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4 | FREE – This July 4th weekend welcomes four nights of free concerts to City Centre plus an Independence Day fireworks spectacular. 7pm to 10pm daily.
  • 2 Day July 4th Celebration in Baytown | Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 | FREE – Enjoy two evenings of live music and a full day of festivities on Monday, kicking off with a 5-mile run and continuing with games, food, arts and crafts and more. The event concludes with a performance from headliner Josh Abbott Band followed by a fireworks show. 6pm to 9:30pm Sunday; 7am to 10pm Monday.

Friday, July 1, 2016

  • Midtown Wine Down in Bagby Park | FREE to Attend – Wind down from the busy work week with DJ tunes and happy hour specials at Rico’s Morning Noon Night – featuring food, wine, craft beer and frozen sake. Food and drinks are available for purchase. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Houston Zoo Presents Red, White, and Zoo – Take the kids to celebrate the Fourth of July with their favorite animals at the Houston Zoo. Make your own flag, march in a parade with Uncle Sam, and explore the Zoo looking for red, white, and blue animals in this special edition of Cool Night at the zoo. Tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for children. 5pm to 8pm.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

  • Watson’s House of Ales 4th Annual Brew Fest – Taste beers from local breweries at the Watson’s patio. Admission includes a Guinness T-shirt, a Backyard Brew pint glass (while supplies last), samples of the various beers participating, a Deep Eddy Adult Snow Cone, a “Brew Your Own Beer” class with Texas Home Brewers and live music. Tickets are $25, not including ticket fees. 2pm.
  • Live Music at Karbach Brewery | FREE to Attend – Enjoy live tunes from local folk band Colonial Blue as you sip on craft brews in the biergarten at Karbach. 2pm to 5pm.
  • Star-Spangled Salute at the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion | FREE – Head over to the Woodlands to see the Houston Symphony perform all of your favorite patriotic songs. This event is free to attend, not including the parking fees. 8pm.

Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016

  • Fourth of July Parade and Festival in Bellaire | FREE – Head over to Bellaire Town Square and Loftin Park for the Fourth of July parade and festival. Kids are encouraged to decorate trikes, bikes and wagons and meet by Community National Bank at Bellaire Blvd. & Fifth Street. After the parade, enjoy live entertainment, food, a mini Ferris wheel, petting zoo, dunk tank and more. 9:30am to 1pm.
  • Kidpendence Day at Children’s Museum of Houston – Kids won’t want to miss this epic Independence Day celebration at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Make magnifying glasses and spy disguises, create an I Spy nature journal, and watch the High Steppers Brass Band march through Kidtropolis. Entrance is included with museum admission. 10am to 6pm.
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Bayou Bend | FREE – Celebrate Independence Day at Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings. Come out for performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and more. Remember to sign the giant Declaration of Independence before you leave. Noon to 5pm.
  • Memorial City Fourth of July Hot Air BalloonFest – Soar to new heights this Independence Day at the first ever Memorial City Fourth of July Hot Air BalloonFest. Witness a 25-foot hot air balloon rise above west Houston in this unique celebration and enjoy live music, food trucks, arts and crafts, and games. Balloon rides will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Freedom Over Texas featuring Darius Rucker at Eleanor Tinsley Park – Celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and Darius Rucker, former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer and country superstar, at Eleanor Tinsley Park near Downtown. Local band The Suffers open the show. Tickets range between $8 to $10, not including ticket fees. 4pm to 10pm.
  • Fourth of July Fest in Pasadena | FREE – Take the family to the Pasadena Convention Center and celebrate the Fourth of July. Enjoy a fireworks show, live music, a car show, activities for kids, a BBQ cook-off, games, and prizes. 4pm to 10pm.
  • Missouri City’s Fourth of July Celebration at Buffalo Run Park | FREE – Missouri City’s patriotic tradition will feature activities for kids such as face painting, moonwalks, and rides as well as food trucks and a firework show at Buffalo Run Park. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Fourth of July Red, Hot, & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza in The Woodlands | FREE – Celebrate freedom in The Woodlands at the 19th Annual Red, Hot, and Blue Festival with vendor booths, food, children’s activities, entertainment on multiple stages, and fireworks at Town Green Park and Waterway Square. 6pm to 10pm.
  • 177th Galveston Independence Day Parade and Fireworks | FREE – Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles, and performers. The parade kicks off with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 41st Street and ending at 12th Street. A 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico begins at 9:15pm near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard. 7:30pm.
  • Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – The Houston Symphony, with Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke, presents its annual salute to Independence Day with patriotic music and a spectacular fireworks display in this free to attend celebration. 8:30pm.
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Kemah Boardwalk | FREE – Enjoy live music, rides, games, restaurants, and a firework show over the Galveston Bay for the Fourth of July. The firework show begins at 9:30pm.
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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.