Can you feel it? That’s the spirit of America taking over H-town. Independence Day is coming in hot, so it’s time to decide how you wanna pay your respects to the founding fathers. You could stay at home reading the Declaration of Independence, but that sounds horrible. Get out there and enjoy one (or more) of these Top 5 Fourth of July celebrations going on in Houston.
1. Freedom Over Texas
Head over to Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou to join the party at US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas. Good times can be had from 4 to 10 pm on the Fourth of July. This is the place to be if you like country music. Live bands will be playing throughout the evening (including Darius Rucker and the Eli Young Band), and best believe there will be a fireworks show. Buy your tickets online by July 3rd for $8, or get ‘em online or in person on the day of the festival for $10.
2. Fourth of July in The Woodlands
If you’re living that Woodlands life, you have plenty of options for fun this Fourth of July weekend. Start the festivities a day early with the Star-Spangled Salute at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Sunday, July 3rd. The Houston Symphony will be playing your jam “1812 Overture” and other patriotic tunes for free starting at 8 pm. On July 4th, the Woodlands will also host the South County Fourth of July Parade at 9 am. If waking up that early on a holiday sounds downright un-American, you can catch the “Things That Go” Bike Parade at Northshore Park at 4:30 pm instead. Wrap up your freedom-fueled day at the Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza at Town Green Park and Waterway Square from 6 to 10 pm. Come hungry if you wanna try your hand (and stomach) at a hot dog eating contest, or just hang out and wait for the 20+ minute fireworks display.
3. Summer Symphony Nights
Didn’t catch the Star-Spangled Salute in the Woodlands on Sunday? No problem. You can go to the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: Star-Spangled Salute on July 4th at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The Houston Symphony will be back at it again with the patriotic jams and cannon blasts starting at 8:30 pm. Did we mention the fireworks display? That’s a given. To get your free tickets (up to four tickets per person over the age of 16, while supplies last), step right up to the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office between 10:30 am and 1 pm on the Fourth of July.
4. Star Spangled Spectacular
Sugar Land friends, get ready for the Star Spangled Spectacular at Constellation Field on July 4th. It’s poppin’ off from 6 to 10 pm with fireworks, a baseball game, apple pie, and entertainment for the whole family. It’s a free event that prioritizes Sugar Land residents, and you’ve gotta pick up those tickets in advance from the venue box office. Have fun, my fellow Americans!
5. Memorial City Hot Air BalloonFest
Wanna try something new this year? Check out the first ever Fourth of July Hot Air BalloonFest at Memorial City Mall. There will be a 25-foot hot air balloon ascending to 100 feet in the air, but that’s not all. You can take in some live music, food truck eats, games, and more. The best part has gotta be the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride ($10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12). The fest runs from 6-9 pm at the Dillard’s parking lot.Leaving town for the weekend? We’ve got Fourth of July guides for Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio too!