The 4th of July is a great summertime holiday, with tons of barbeques, fireworks, and a general appreciation for American patriotism. But joining in on the festivities doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few free ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Houston with your family.
Houston’s “official” Fourth of July Festival is held every year at Eleanor Tinsley Park along Buffalo Bayou. This festival boasts the nation’s largest land-based firework display, set to the backdrop of Houston's downtown skyline. Expect a mini auto show, volleyball tournament, beer garden, and sensational performances by superstar musicians. The gala begins at 4 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. with a fireworks show set to a soundtrack of classic American music.
Celebrate Independence Day in style with the Houston Symphony. Experience Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, as well as a host of all-American favorite tunes at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theater. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. and is immediately followed by a fireworks display. Tickets must be obtained for the covered seating area — though they are free to get — but viewers can also place blankets down on the hill overlooking the theater.
Pro tip: Driving through the Museum District during this event can be a hassle — let alone finding a parking spot. Save yourself the hassle by parking at one of the city's Park and Rides and taking the METRORail Red Line to the Museum District stop.
Pearland High School hosts this suburbs yearly July 4th celebration, which commences with a dramatic military fly-over and salute, as well as the singing of the National Anthem. Other highlights include live musical performances, face painting, and a 20-minute firework display. Start the party as early as 2 p.m by bringing your family to the on-site, full-size carnival. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.
Red Hot and Blue Festival: Woodlands Town Center
The Woodlands Town Center hosts its annual Fourth of July Celebration each year at Town Green Park and Waterway Square. The festivities kick off at 9:00 a.m. with a parade featuring clowns, horses and fire engines, and end at dusk with a 20-minute fireworks show. From noon to 4 p.m. at all Woodlands pools, enjoy fun splash activities, and for a good competition or just a laugh, check out the hot-dog-eating and watermelon-eating contests.
Commemorate July 4th with a live reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Celebrations begin at 1 p.m. and include early-American themed performances, crafts, a puppet show and a chance to put your own John Hancock on a large replica of the Declaration of Independence. A reading of the Declaration of Independence will begin at 3 p.m.
This fun-filled event kicks off at 10 a.m. in Friendswood's Stevenson Park, with a parade featuring over 100 floats. Immediately following is a festival packed with games, rides and — of course — delicious carnival food. Live musical performances commence at 7:30 p.m., but be sure to stick around until 9:20 p.m. for a brilliant fireworks display.