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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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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.
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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.