Houston July 4th Celebrations & Parades 2015

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 30 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 Houston’s own Clint Black + Josh Turner as well as family activities and kid fun in the variety of Kids’ Zones. The fireworks’ finale features choreographed music. Admission is $8 online through midnight, July 3. Children 5 and under are free. $10 admission at the gate. Located at Eleanor Tinsely Park at Allen Parkway.   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. 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. 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 Marcus Eldridge Band at 7 pm – 11 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 2-July 5. CityCentre is located at 800 W. Sam Houston Parkway N. {Get a free Uber ride: Download the Uber mobile app and enter promo code July4CC for a free first ride, up to $20 off.}

OUTSIDE HOUSTON

Baytown: It’s a 2-day July 4th celebration with live music July 3 by Gary-Michael Dahl at 6 pm following by headliner 38 Special at 8 pm. On July 4, games booths and vendors open at 4 pm. Texas Avenue Band takes the stage at 4:30 pm with the parade on Market St. Hill Country Jane kicks off live music at 6 pm with Clay Walker taking the stage at 8 pm. The big fireworks extravaganza is 9:30 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 at Bellaire Town Square 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.

Bridgeland: This NW Houston community is having a private fireworks event for its residents.

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 6 pm with live entertainment, games and activities for kids. The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra kicks off its performance at 8:45 pm with fireworks following at 9:45 pm. Located at 1000 George Bush Drive West. {Note parking changes this year: There will not be shuttles this year from West Campus Garage or Reed Arena. Free parking is available at Fan Field, the gravel parking lot on Research Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus.}

Houston fireworksFriendswood: The city proudly hosts its 119th annual Friendswood July 4th Celebration with a 10 am parade featuring more than 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 ’80s cover band The Spazmatics. Fireworks will begin around 9:20 pm. There is no public parking at Centennial Park. Shuttles are available at Friendswood High School and Brookside Intermediate.

Galveston will host its annual July 4 parade beginning at 7:45 pm starting at Seawall and 41st. Enjoy the floats, military vehicles, and performers. Then stick around for the 20-minute fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico near Seawall and 37th beginning at 9:15 pm. It’s the 176th City of Galveston celebration!

Katy: Folks in Katy can enjoy a day filled with activities, thanks to Katy Fire Department, Katy Heritage Society and Heritage Park, VFW Lodge and Park, and Katy Parks and Recreation. Don’t miss free hotdogs at the Fire Station, lemonade and family pictures in front of the Heritage homes, water hose playtime and more. The City of Katy Freedom Celebration fireworks begin around 9:30 pm at 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 9:15 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 by That 70s Thing and Thunder, 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 11:30 am featuring live music, face painting, giveaways, hot dogs, and family fun. Located at League Park, 512 2nd Street.

Missouri City:  It’s a July 4th celebration from 6 pm – 9 pm at Buffalo Run Park, 1122 Buffalo Run Blvd. The evening features moonwalks, video gaming station, rides, human hamster balls, face painting, and other free activities. Fireworks begin around 9:15 pm over the lakes. Stadium seating will be available at Thurgood Marshall High School for the fireworks show.

Pasadena: 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 Spinsations, a 50s & 60s classic oldies band. Activities include bounce houses and inflatable slides. 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, parade (11 am), 1890s baseball, hands-on history, reading of Declaration of Independence, cobbler eating contest and more. A Historic Lunch is served for an extra fee beyond admission. 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, trackless train ride, and more. Fireworks begin around 9:30 pm. Located at Seaborne Creek Nature Park, Hwy 36.

roundtop july4Round Top: This year marks the 165th 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!  Music, raffle and games for the kids last until 4 pm. Then live music kicks off again for the afternoon dance. 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.

Sheridan: Head to Splashway Waterpark for its own July 4th fireworks celebration. Admission is $14.99 after 5 pm — and they are open late. The waterpark will remain open until after the fireworks show. Located at 5211 Main Street in Sheridan.

Spring: Don’t miss Celebrate Freedom at Faithbridge Church July 4, 7 pm. The free community event offers plenty of food for the family (hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, ice cold water) and games for the kids (moonwalks, face painting, and rock climbing) plus live music throughout the evening. The evening concludes with fantastic fireworks, of course! Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Park at Klein High School or Klein Collins High School and ride the free shuttle to the event. Air conditioned buses will begin running at 6:30 pm.

Stafford: The City of Stafford hosts the 40th 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 2015, 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. You can get four free tickets if you book a room at a Sugar Land hotel with the Star-Spangled Hotel and Ticket package.} The fun kicks off at 7 pm with live music, food, children’s activities and more. The evening ends with a fireworks finale. Constellation Field is located at 1 Stadium Drive in Sugar Land.

Towne Lake: This NW Houston community is having a private fireworks event for its residents.

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. The fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 pm with simulcast on 99.1 FM.

Tomball: Enjoy Tomball’s annual street party July 4 from 5 pm – 10 pm on Business 249 north of FM2920. The event features live music, water activities, games, pony rides, face painting, and the traditional fireworks at dark. Symchronized music is available at Tomball’s own 95.1 FM. Admission and parking are free.

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 as well as fireworks! July 4 features a family festival and fireworks, 3 pm – dusk, with live music, zip line, bumper boats, water slides, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, bubble runners, helicopter rides ($25) 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 snow cones, laser tag, games, K-9 demos, and inflatables with fireworks beginning at 9:15 pm.

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