Update 7/4/2018, 1:26 pm: Freedom Over Texas has been canceled due to the rain. However, the fireworks will still go off at 9:35 pm. Other events in this list may also be affected by the weather so make sure to check their respective Facebook pages for updates.
Is there anything Americans love more than a good fireworks display? In a city this large, there are plenty of opportunities for 2018 4th of July Houston fireworks, festivals, and fun shows and events! Read more below for our line up of more than 30 things to do this weekend.
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Near Downtown: CITGO Freedom Over Texas is the city’s signature show with live music and stunning fireworks over Buffalo Bayou. This year, the event will have four main stages at Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks on July 4th from 4- 10 pm. Tickets are available for just $8 online here (children 5 and under are FREE with a paid adult) and you can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and small umbrellas to help keep you cool! On the Citgo main stage, Cupid opens the show, followed by The Mavericks. They will be playing an eclectic mix of Tex-Mex, neotraditional country music, and Latin rockabilly. The main headliner is country star Chris Young who will be belting out hits such as “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Losing Sleep”. There are 15 acts in all along with concession stands and an awesome Kids Zone The show will conclude with one of the biggest and best fireworks shows in the Houston area.
Miller Outdoor Theatre: Kick off America’s birthday celebration with a Star-Spangled Salute at Exxon Mobil’s Summer Symphony Nights. The Houston Symphony will be playing a selection of American patriotic favorites starting at 8 pm. Following the symphony is a fireworks show in Hermann Park starting at 10 pm! Shows at the Miller Outdoor Theatre are always free but if you want covered seating, you will need to be at the Miller Box Office between 10:30 am and 1 pm on the day of the show. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, a picnic, bug spray, and plenty of water to keep yourself cool and comfortable.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens: Celebrate Independence Day in style at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. This is a free, drop-in event featuring performances, crafts, activities, refreshments, and more! After a reading of the Declaration of Independence, enjoy a lemonade toast. Then, make sure you sign the giant copy of the Declaration of Independence before you leave!
Children’s Museum of Houston: Celebrate Kidependence Day with Captain America and the Founding Fathers! Special events include a meet and greet, and a performance by the All-City HISD High School band. Activities for the day include firework paint, creating your own Lady Liberty crown, light up superhero masks, and more!
City Centre: Enjoy live music and a Houston fireworks spectacular on the Plaza at City Centre. The Texas Unlimited Band will be playing a variety of rock and country for you to tap your toes to starting at 7 pm. The fireworks show will last about 15 minutes and is set to begin at 9:30. The show is free but parking will be $10 in all spaces beginning at 4 pm. Be sure to come early as you should expect large crowds- you might even consider taking a Lyft and getting $15 off your first ride!
Memorial City: Enjoy a fourth of July celebration with snow and ice on the Lawn at Memorial City! There will be 30,000 pounds of snow to make all the snow angels and snowmen your heart desires. Frozen treats and patriotic eats will also be on hand to help you wish the U.S. a happy birthday and keep you cool. An ice sculpture will be chainsawed live and live music will be performed courtesy of The Ruxpins. Don’t miss this great Independence Day event from 1-4 pm!
OUTSIDE OF HOUSTON
Baytown: Celebrate in style with two days of free entertainment at Bicentennial Park. Tuesday, July 3rd, the Rickey Davis Classic Band will kick off the festivities with live music, followed by Dennis DeYoung and The Music of Styx. July 4th will see the vendor booths open at 4 pm, followed by more live music, a parade, a fireworks extravaganza, and more!
Bellaire: Bring the entire family out to for a parade in Bellaire Town Square beginning at 9:30 am. Directly after the parade is a community festival from 10 am – 1 pm. Enjoy carnival games, a petting zoo, animal rides, food and drinks, live music, and much more!
Cypress: Come to dinner at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake and enjoy a free fireworks show beginning promptly at 9 pm. Free, live music will also be on site by musicians Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production starting at 7 pm. The Boardwalk is asking that no outside food or drinks be brought in as their local restaurants are eager to serve you on Independence Day!
College Station: The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is hosting the Noon Lion’s Club “I Love America” celebration. Free parking is available at certain locations. You are encouraged to come early for the best spots and bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs. Be sure to leave the pets at home! The library and museum will be free and open to the public all day, beginning at 9:30 am. Concession stands open at 5:30 pm, including snow cones, ice cream, kettle corn, roasted nuts, and other carnival fare. The Kids Zone opens from 6- 8:30 pm with games, bounce houses, and more. Live entertainment by the Rock-a-fellas and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra beginning at 6 pm, followed by a fireworks show at 9:30.
Friendswood: Starting at 10 am on July 4th, watch the Grand Parade on Friendswood Drive. The 123rd annual 4th of July Celebration immediately following the parade will have rides, games, food, and entertainment at Stevenson Park. Chinatown will be performing live at Centennial Park starting at 7 pm. The fireworks show will be on display at about 9:20 pm.
Galveston: A glittering parade and dazzling fireworks are planned for the 179th City of Galveston Independence Day Celebration. The procession begins at 7 pm on Seawall Boulevard with floats, decorated military vehicles, and performers. The grand fireworks show will take place over the gulf at about 9:15 in the evening.
Katy: The Katy Fire Department, the Katy Parks & Recreation Department, and the VFW Park are joining together to host the Katy Freedom Celebration. From 9 am to 1 pm, enjoy fun activities with bounce houses, a dunking station, petting zoo, snow cones, and much more. In the evening, head to Typhoon Texas and Katy Mills Mall for the fireworks show beginning at 9 pm.
Katy- La Centerra: Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets to the green space at La Centerra for the 4th of July Celebration presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. The annual event features Freddy Cruz with KRBE kicking off at 5 pm. Live performances by Velvet Touch, Buck Yeager Band, and Level One Band will rock your night away. An Interactive Kids Zone will entertain the kids and the fireworks show wraps up the evening at 9:15 pm.
Kemah: Celebrate on the Kemah Boardwalk with Friday Night Fireworks every night in July plus a special Patriot Pass. Get 5 days of unlimited admission on rides at Kemah Boardwalk, Downtown Aquarium, and Pleasure Pier for just $59.99 from July 4- 8! Remember, admission to the boardwalk is always free- you only pay for your food, games, and rides!
Kingwood: Mosey on down to the Kings Harbor Waterfront Village for a free July 4th Fireworks Show and Concert. TC & The Cannonballs will kick off the night with live music starting at 7 pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to watch the fireworks over the pier at 9:30 pm.
League City: Get your festivities in early at the pre-Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza on July 3rd at the Chester L. Davis Sportsplex at 5 pm. The event is free, family-friendly, and includes a variety of food trucks, live music, entertainment, bounce houses, and more. Bring your coolers and picnic blankets for the fireworks show starting promptly at 9 pm. The 20th annual Citizen Appreciation Day at League Park is July 4th from 10 am to 2 pm and includes a live petting zoo, live entertainment, face painting, moonwalks, and more.
Missouri City: The patriotic tradition keeps on rollin’ this year with a 4th of July Celebration at Buffalo Run Park. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family and food for purchase from 6- 9 pm. The fireworks start at 9:15 pm. Be sure to look into the free shuttles provided by Metro as well as free seating at Thurgood Marshall High School stadium.
Pasadena: The largest city-sponsored event is back again for 4th Fest! Food vendors, live music, games, a kids zone, and more are on the agenda at Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds. The festivities kick off at 4 pm and run through 10 pm. A fireworks display will last 20 minutes after dusk.
Pearland: The evening will begin with a military salute at Pearland’s Celebration of Freedom. The National Anthem will be played at the H-E-B Entertainment Stage at Pearland High School, followed by a huge fireworks show. Food and trinkets will be available for purchase and the whole event is free to attend! The event lasts from 6- 10 pm and also includes inflatables, live music, and more.
George Ranch Historical Park: Explore vintage games from every era at the Games of our Forefathers Family Event in Richmond on July 4th. The event includes a historical lunch, watermelon splitting contests, tug-a-war, and more. The event begins at 9 am with the parade starting at 11. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for kids. The historical lunch is a separate fee and tickets can be reserved online.
Rosenburg: Fireworks will light up the night sky at Seabourne Creek Nature Park during the City’s 2018 Fireworks Display. The free event runs from 6- 10 pm and includes a carnival area for the kids, horse-drawn wagon rides, food vendors, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show at the end of the evening.
Round Top: The civil war-era cannon will roar promptly at 10:30 am, followed by handmade floats, antique cars and tractors, fire engines, trail riders, and longhorn cattle in the Round Top Rifle Parade. Listen to their Brass Band and let the kids catch candy and trinkets from the floats in Town Square. A lunch will be held at the Round Top Rifle Hall, followed by more festivities for the kids and an afternoon dance.
Stafford: Partake in two separate celebrations. The 2018 Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd at 7 pm includes live performances, food vendors, game booths, a free carnival, hay rides, a free dance, and a parade. The July 4th Freedom Rings Concert & Fireworks will include a performance by the Fort Bend Symphony at 7 pm. The fireworks start at 9.
Sugar Land: Performances from the Cory Green Band, Mike and the Moonpies, and Jason Boland & The Stragglers are on the agenda for 4th Fest at Constellation Field. Residents of Sugar Land can get up to 4 free tickets and everyone else pays only $8- $10. Parking is also $5. Other attractions include vendor booths, a zip line, a mechanical bull, rock climbing, face painting, food and beverages, and more.
Tomball: Celebrate at one of the largest festivals in Harris County at the Tomball 4th of July Celebration & Street Festival. Live music, food, a kids zone, and more will be available from 5- 11 pm. The fireworks will start at 9:30 pm. The festival and fireworks show are both free!
The Woodlands: Three separate celebrations are taking place in The Woodlands. Get a free concert by The Houston Symphony at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on July 3rd. July 4th will see a parade featuring a marching band, fire engines, clowns, floats, and more. Then, from 6-10 pm, get your fill of live music, food, entertainment, and activities for families and children. The fireworks will start at 9:30 pm.
Waller: Two days of festivities are planned at the Waller Freedom Fest. July 3rd from 6 pm-dusk, enjoy free admission and activities like bumper boats, a food zone, water slides, rock climbing, and more. July 4th, the festivities begin at 3 pm. Both events are held at the Waller High School Stadium and fireworks will end the night both evenings at dusk.
Webster: Beginning at 5 pm, enjoy a Salute to Veterans, games, live entertainment, and more at Texas Avenue Park for Webster’s 4th of July Celebration. Fireworks will wrap up the evening!
How will you be celebrating the birth of our nation? With so many 4th of July Houston fireworks shows and parades, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Houston today! Let us know where you’re headed in the comments below.