Houston July 4th Celebrations & Parades 2014

Independence Day was full of tradition in my childhood days in Austin: decorating bikes for the neighborhood parade, homemade ice cream, and fireworks over Town Lake downtown. Fun memories!

Make your own summer memories July 4th with these Houston-area celebrations, parades, and fireworks:

Freedom Over Texas

Near Downtown: Houston’s official July 4th celebration, Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas, is hosted by Mayor Annise Parker, 4 pm – 10 pm. The evening features live music by Jennifer Nettles (lead vocalist of Sugarland) as well as family activities and kid fun in the variety of Kids’ Zones. Check out the Southwest Airlines Sky Stage featuring flights by vintage aircraft from the Lone Star Flight Museum. The fireworks finale features choreographed music. Admission is $8 online through July 3 and children 5 and under free. $10 admission at the gate. Located at Eleanor Tinsely Park.   photo: flickr/eschipul

Miller Outdoor Theatre: The Houston Symphony’s annual Star-Spangled Salute starts at 8:30 pm July 4 at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Of course, the evening includes 1812 Overture and a fantastic fireworks display. Dan Dunn, visual artist, will bring the music to life. Free tickets for reserved covered seats are available on performance day at Miller Outdoor Theatre box office from 10:30 am – 1 pm. Four per person while they last.

Bayou Bend July 4Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens: This historic home hosts July Fourth Celebration with historic family fun! Free fun July 4, 1 pm – 5 pm, with historical performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and the chance to sign a Texas-sized reproduction of the Declaration of Independence. Birthday cake and a reading of the Declaration of Independence starts around 3 pm on the north side of the house. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial. Photo: Bayou Bend

Children’s Museum of Houston: This family museum honors July 4 with a Kidpendence Day celebration. The festivities feature a 1:40 pm parade with the High Steppers Brass Band and Boy Scouts Color Guard. There will be lots of options for patriotic creativity plus a crazy Elephant Toothpaste Geyser Burst and superhero accessories. Museum admission is $9. The museum, open 10 am – 6 pm, is located at 1500 Binz.

CityCentre: The outdoor retail spot hosts Fourth of July Music & Fireworks for its patriotic celebration. The concert features Mustache the Band at 7 pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs! The evening concludes with a fireworks display at 9:30 pm. Live music continues every night through July 3-July 6. CityCentre is located at 800 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.

GreenStreet: This brand-new downtown green space hosts live music on The Lawn July 4 with Tommy Rogers Band performing 5 pm – 8 pm. Check out the other performers July 3 and July 5 in the same spot.

OUTSIDE HOUSTON

Baytown: It’s a 2-day July 4th celebration with live music July 3, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. On July 4, the parade kicks off at 5:30 pm plus live music and a 4th of July ceremony. The big fireworks extravaganza is 9:30 pm – 10 pm. Located at 1001 Market St.

Bellaire: The city is hosting a parade and festival July 4 with the parade at 9:30 am and festival from 10 am – 1 pm.  A children’s parade will lead the big parade! Free festival fun includes live entertainment, carnival games, petting zoo, a mini ferris wheel, moon walks, dunk tank and more! The parade begins at the Bellaire Triangle and goes down Bellaire Blvd. and S. Rice.

College Station: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is hosting the “I Love America” celebration July 4 plus free admission all day Thursday, July 4 9:30 am – 8:15 pm. Special activities begin at 5 pm with live entertainment, games and activities for kids plus a Hot Air Balloon Glow. The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra kicks off its performance at 8:50 pm with fireworks following at 9:45 pm.

Houston fireworks

Friendswood: The city proudly hosts its 119th annual Friendswood July 4th Celebration with a 10 am parade featuring 100 entries. Live entertainment and afternoon fun lasts till 3:30 pm. The evening festivities kick off at 7:30 pm at Centennial Park featuring Molly and The Ringwalds. Fireworks will begin around 9:20 pm.

Galveston will host its annual July 4 parade beginning at 7:30 pm starting at Seawall and 45th. Enjoy the floats, military vehicles, and performers. Then stick around for the enhanced, 20-minute fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico near Seawall and 37th beginning at 9:15 pm. An additional 550 shells in the fireworks show celebrates Galveston’s 175th birthday, thanks to sponsor Galveston Park Board of Trustees.

Katy: The City of Katy Freedom Celebration fireworks begin around 9 pm on the east side of Katy Mills Mall, 5000 Katy Mills Circle.

Katy: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch hosts its own July 4th Independence Day tradition kicking off at 4:30 pm with the Kids’ Patriotic Bike Parade. This annual event features live music by Sheila Marshall, Chris Boss, an interactive Kids’ Zone, food, and fireworks at 9:45 pm. LaCenterra, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd in Katy.

Kemah Boardwalk: The Kemah Boardwalk will have a fireworks display over Galveston Bay at 9:30 pm.

Kingwood: Kingwood is hosting an all-day July 4th event 2 pm – 9 pm at Town Center Park. The event features live music, inflatables, craft and food booths, and fireworks at 9 pm. Streets around the park are closed so folks can stroll around the booths.

League City: League City is hosting its July 4th Celebration and Citizen Appreciation Day 10:30 am – 4 pm. Don’t miss live music by The Winds of League City and The Relics. Free hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones and nachos. Celebrity chef  Sarah Penrod will offer cooking demo and autographs. Located at League Park, 512 2nd Street.

Missouri City:  It’s a July 4th celebration from 6 pm – 9 pm at Buffalo Run Park. The evening features moon walks, zip line, mechanical bulls, rock wall, pony rides, human hamster balls, trackless train, and other free activities. Fireworks begin around 9:15 pm over the lakes. Located at 1122 Buffalo Run Blvd.

pasadena july 4Pasadena: The city’s Annual 4th Fest features lots of patriotic fun right at the Pasadena Convention Center. The event is July 4, 4 pm – 10 pm, with live music, car show, Kid Zone, water balloon war zone, USMC Toys for Tots BBQ cookoff, sports, entertainment, and more. Stick around for the 20-minute firework show. Located at 7902 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena.

Pearland: Celebration of Freedom features a free concert and fireworks show July 4 with gates opening at 6 pm. Stadium and field seating is free at the Pearland High School Stadium with music by Drywater Band. Activities include fun in the Kids’ Zone. The 20-minute fireworks display begins at 9 pm. Located at 3775 South Main in Pearland.

Richmond: George Ranch Historical Park is hosting July 4th Games of our Forefathers. Enjoy vintage games, a vintage wheel walk parade (11 am), 1890s baseball, watermelon seed spitting contest each hour, cobbler eating contest and more. Admission fees: $10 adults and $5 kids age 5-15. Located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

Rosenberg: The city celebrates with Family 4th Independence Day Celebration July 4 from 6 pm – 10 pm.  Enjoy live music, children’s carnival area, complimentary horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Fireworks begin around 9:30 pm. Located at Seaborne Creek Nature Park, Hwy 36.

roundtop july4Round Top: This year marks the 164th July 4th parade and celebration in Round Top around the square.  The historical day kicks off with civil war-era cannons booming at 10:30 am to announce the parade start. Imagine close to 5,000 folks coming in for this parade in a town that has only 90 people!  Enjoy music all day from Round Top Brass Band and Round Top Jam Session. Entertainment continues into the evening with biergarten, cake walk, moon walk, and more. I’ve actually experienced this parade, and it’s fun celebrating July 4th in a small town! Round Top is about an hour-and-a-half west of Houston.

Stafford: The City of Stafford hosts the 39th annual July 3rd Celebration with a parade at 7 pm along with game booths, free carnival rides, free hay ride, and a dance till 11:30 pm. Enjoy the patriotic concert Freedom Rings 2014, July 4 at 7 pm featuring the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. This free, festive performance is at Stafford Centre, 15050 Cash Road. Fireworks follow at 9 pm.

Sugar Land: The city’s Star-Spangled Spectacular is July 4 in Constellation Field. {There are no more free tickets to this event. Tickets are required for entrance.} The fun kicks off at 7 pm with live music, food, children’s activities and more. The fireworks display kicks off after a patriotic presentation. Located at 1 Stadium Drive in Sugar Land.

red hot blue fest july 4The Woodlands: July 4th fun in The Woodlands begins a day early with a free Houston Symphony concert, Star-Spangled Salute, Wednesday, July 3, at 8 pm at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The evening would not be complete without 1812 Overture and cannons on the hill!  The patriotic fun continues July 4 with a 9 am parade at Grogans Mill and Lake Woodlands.  Concert in the Park and activities begin at 5:30 pm at Waterway Square. The Red, Hot, and Blue Festival is 6 pm to 10 pm featuring live entertainment, face painting, strolling performers, games, hot dog and watermelon eating contest, and more.

Tomball: Enjoy Tomball’s annual street party July 4 from 5 pm – 10 pm on Business 249 behind Kroger. The event features live music, children’s activities, hay rides, pony rides, and the traditional fireworks at dark. Admission and parking are free.

Towne Lake: This community in NW Houston is hosting its 5th annual July 4th festivities 7:30 pm to 9 pm at Barker Cypress and West Road. The evening includes face painting, magician, bounce house, music by Sound Advice, and of course, fireworks. Net proceeds of the event benefit Living Water International. Find a map to Towne Lake online.

Waller: The Waller Freedom Festival is a two-day celebration July 3-4. The free family event features a Worship Night July 3, beginning at 6 pm, and a family festival and fireworks July 4, 3 pm – dusk, with live music, helicopter rides ($25), water slides, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, bubble runners, and more. The event is located at Waller High School stadium, 20735 Stokes Road, Waller.

Webster: Webster hosts its 4th of July Celebration at Texas Avenue Park, 5 pm. The evening includes A Salute to Veterans, entertainers, bingo, free watermelon, and inflatables with fireworks at 9:15 pm.

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