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Plan Your 6-Day 4th of July Weekend: June 29 to July 4, 2023

July 1, 2023

Red, White & Blucardi Pool Party
Marriott Marquis
Saturday, July 1

Chill out at the Downtown hotel’s Altitude bar, swim in the refreshing Texas-shaped pool and enjoy Bacardi-themed giveaways and cocktails.

$100 | 1pm to 3pm

Gold Cup Group Stage
Shell Energy Stadium
Saturday, July 1

Get ready for a thrilling day of fútbol as Group D of the CONCACAF Gold Cup takes center stage at Shell Energy Stadium. Cuba clashes with Guadalupe to kick things off, followed by Guatemala taking on one of the best teams of the continent, Canada.

$35 and up | 6:30pm to 11:30pm

Dave Chappelle
Toyota Center
Saturday, July 1

Descending on Houston in a surprise show, comedian Dave Chappelle packs the Toyota Center for a night of arena-sized laughs.

$64.50 and up | 7:30pm

July 2, 2023

Willie Nelson & Family
Cynthia Woods
Sunday, July 2

Celebrate one of country music’s bonafide legends on Independence Day weekend when Willie Nelson and friends come to the Woodlands to honor the red-headed stranger’s legacy in the American songbook.

$39.50 and up | 4:30pm

July 3, 2023

Independence Day
July 4, 2023

  • Fourth of July Fireworks, Concerts & Events Guide to Greater Houston | Many FREE – Find even more Independence Day festivities than what you see here, for neighborhoods across Greater Houston, including the Inner Loop, the Woodlands, Kingwood, Conroe, Sugar Land, Bellaire, West Houston, Katy, Baytown, Pasadena, Galveston and more.
  • Friendswood 4th of July Celebration at Stevenson Park | FREE – Opening with the Grand Parade at 10am, Friendswood hosts its 128th Independence Day celebration. Stevenson Park will be the site of rides, games, food and live entertainment starting at 11am, then you can catch live music by Tin Man Band at Centennial Park at 7:30pm, followed by a fireworks show at 9:20pm.
  • Red, White & Boom at Typhoon Texas Waterpark – Enjoy a day of 4th of July fun, barbecue and live entertainment at Typhoon Texas in Katy, then stick around for the Freedom Celebration fireworks show. Guests are also welcome to view the fireworks from Katy Mills Mall for free. $44.99 and up. 11am to 11pm.
  • Kidpendence Day at Children’s Museum Houston – Open for the Fourth, Children’s Museum Houston hosts an afternoon program featuring Captain America in an interactive story time, a science demo, and production of Power Up: The Musical! $17. 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens | FREE – Salute freedom in style as Bayou Bend in River Oaks features an extravaganza of Americana, with live performers, crafts, activities, and refreshments. 1pm to 5pm.
  • July 4th Family Games Festival at Town Center Park in Kingwood | FREE – Head over to Town Center Park in Kingwood for some family-friendly entertainment, games, axe throwing and more, plus a laser light show to end the evening. 3pm to 9:30pm.
  • July 4th Celebration and Street Fest in Tomball | FREE – Honor America’s independence with live music, food, games, and more activities followed by a fireworks spectacular at dusk in Tomball. 4pm to 9:30pm.
  • Freedom Over Texas & Fireworks at Eleanor Tinsley Park – The annual Freedom Over Texas will feature local, regional, and national entertainment and will be capped off with a musically choreographed, “Texas-sized” fireworks finale at Eleanor Tinsley Park. The concert stage will host a headlining set from country star Chris Young, plus award-winning artist Yola, soul band TMF, Cupid, Keesha Pratt Band, Step Rideau and more. Fireworks are slated to start around 9:30pm. Tickets are $10; free ages 5 and under. 4pm to 10pm.

Freedom Over Texas Fireworks
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Tuesday, July 4

The annual celebration at Eleanor Tinsley Park may be an all-day ticketed festival, but the fireworks finale can be viewed from many areas across Houston. The best views will be those with a clear line of sight to the skies above the park and Buffalo Bayou, immediately west of Downtown.

FREE | 9:30pm

  • Pasadena 4th Fest at Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds | FREE – Let freedom ring and enjoy food trucks, a kids’ zone, vendors, fireworks, and live music at Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. 4pm to 10pm.
  • Red, White & Boom at The Crown Festival Park at Sugar Land | FREE – Take the family out to Crown Festival Park for live musical entertainment, community booths, activities, photo opportunities, and of course, a dazzling firework display to conclude the celebration. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Galveston Fourth of July Parade on Seawall Boulevard | FREE – Galveston Island hosts its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles, and performers. The parade will kick off at 6pm with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 22nd Street and ending at 45th Street. 6pm to 8pm.
  • 26th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival in The Woodlands | FREE – The Woodlands celebrates freedom with a variety of family-friendly activities at multiple locations throughout the township. All sites will feature live music beginning at 6pm with bands playing until the Fireworks Extravaganza at around 9:30pm. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Independence Day Fireworks at CityCentre | FREE – The West Houston shop district hosts an evening of live music and a 10-minute firework spectacular for Independence Day. Though free, parking is $10 in the garages after 4pm. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Symphony’s Star Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – The Symphony’s Independence Day tradition returns to the Miller stage, featuring a rousing program of patriotic songs to celebrate the country’s birthday. Fireworks will cap it all off, beginning around 10pm. 8:30pm to 10pm.
  • 4th of July Fireworks Over the Gulf in Galveston | FREE – Stake out your spot on the Seawall for a stunning display of fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico. The show will get started near 37th Street and Seawall, lasting about 20 minutes. 9:15pm to 9:45pm.
  • Fourth of July Fireworks at Sylvan Beach in La Porte | FREE – The city of La Porte hosts its annual fireworks spectacle from the pier at Sylvan Beach. The event will kickoff around 9:15pm and can be seen at various points near Sylvan Beach and La Porte High School. 9:15pm to 9:45pm.
  • Freedom Over Texas Fireworks Show in Downtown | FREE – The annual celebration at Eleanor Tinsley Park may be an all-day ticketed festival, but the fireworks finale can be viewed from many areas across Houston. The best views will be those with a clear line of sight to the skies above the park and Buffalo Bayou, immediately west of Downtown. 9:30pm.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to Eater.com's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.

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