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10 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Houston

Grab your friends, family, and a big Texas watermelon and head outside for some fun in the sun this Fourth of July! From extravagant fireworks displays throughout the city, to open-air concerts and festivals; Houston's got Fourth of July planning down to an art. 



We checked out Visit Houston, Texas' list of happenings and selected some of our favorites. Here are Hotel's Derek's top 10 ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Houston this year:

Freedom Over Texas
July 4, Eleanor Tinsley Park
$8 per person; Under 5 free
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for this one-of-a-kind patriotic event that is done with a style that is all Houston. The iconic Houston skyline will set the backdrop for an extraordinary patriotic celebration at Mayor Annise Parker's official Fourth of July event, Freedom Over Texas. This year's headline performers include Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride. 

Pre-party tip: Fuel up with VIN Bar's Hangover Burger and you'll be able to  celebrate even longer! 

July 4 Celebration at Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 
July 4. 1pm-5pm
With performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and much more, join the the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to celebrate Independence Day at Houston's home for American decorative arts and paintings. A reading of the Declaration of Independence beings at 3 p.m. on the Diana Terrace of the Bayou Bend house and will be followed by birthday cake. And don't forget to sign the giant replica of the Declaration of Independence before you leave to remind us the freedom and privileges we have in this country. 

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: Star-Spangled Salute
Miller Outdoor Theatre
July 4. 8:30pm
Enjoy an evening with the Houston Symphony and conductor, Michael Krajewski as they play patriotic classics. Joining them on stage will be Jonathan Beedle and AJ Swearingen performing music of Simon & Garfunkel. Be sure to stay for the finale of 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons, as it will be followed by the fireworks spectacular provided by Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Open seating will be available on the hill while free tickets will also be available while they last for the covered seating area. Please keep it four tickets per person who are over the age of 16 as they can be picked up at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the event between 10:30am-1pm. 

Spice things up with a new summer cocktail at VIN Bar before the evening's events! View the menu

Fourth of July Music & Fireworks
July 4. 6:30pm
Mark your calendar for what's become one of the season's most explosive summer nights - the Fourth of July at CITYCENTRE! The Texas Unlimited Band kicks off the fun at 6:30pm and the fireworks spectacular begins at 9:30pm. Come early and enjoy dining on the patio at one of the many restaurants.

Houston Symphony's Star Spangled Salute
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 3. 8pm
On the eve of Independence Day, the Houston Symphony will help ignite your patriotic spirit by performing for the annual Star-Spangled Salute, a free concert presented by The Woodlands Development Company. Led by Principal Pops Conductor, Michael Krajewski, the symphony will play a range of traditional American classics including "American Salute," America the Beautiful," Service Medley." The show will also include its special feature of cannons from atop the hill will compliment Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." Also joining the symphony on stage will be the duo of AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle who together will perform a variety of Simon & Garfunkel's greatest hits including, "America," "Homeward Bound," and "Mrs. Robinson."

15th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza

Town Green Park and Waterway Square, Woodlands, TX
July 4. 6pm-10pm
This all-evening event celebrating the American Dream, will have two locations along the Waterway. Enjoy your Independence Day at both Town Green Park and Waterway Square, each featuring a main stage and activities for all ages. Entertainment will include live music from Fondue Monks, Fab 5, Soulshine and Coldshot. The festivities will also include face painting, games, vendor booths and concessions. But we can't forget about the two American food staples for the Fourth of July, hot dogs and watermelon! There will be an eating contest for each of these, which are sponsored by HEB. End the night at the Waterway Square where you can watch the 23-minute fireworks extravaganza with the best view.

Kidpendence Day
Childrens Museum of Houston 
July 4. 10 am - 8 pm. 
Heroes are made in America! The Children's Museum of Houston invites you to celebrate Kidpendence Day, July 4, at the Summer of Epic Adventure - where superheroes come to train. Superhero trainees will celebrate Star Spangled Superheroes who have contributed to making America the land of the free and the home of the brave. 

Unwind after a long day of play with a VIN Bar's all-American Chicken & Waffles!

July 4th Parade and Festival
Bellaire, TX
July 4.9:30am - Parade; 10am-1pm - Festival 
The Fourth of July parade will begin at 9:30am, led by the children's parade. To particiapte in the parade is free. However, only the first 75 applicants will be taken to march. Application for the parade can be found in link above. Kids of all ages can march in the parade with decorative and festive bikes, wagons and even costumes, and without entering in advance. Following promptly after the parade, which will roughly be around 10am, the festival begins at the Bellaire Town Square. There will be a petting zoo, moon jumps, carnival games - including a dunk tank - and a mini Ferris wheel. Food and game tickets will be available to purchase at the festival.

Fourth of July Celebration at Kemah Boardwalk
July 4. All day with fireworks at 9:30 pm. 
Live music & patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay. 

Independence Day Parade and Firework Show
Galveston Island
July 4. 7:30pm - Parade (Along Seawall Boulevard from 28th Street to 53rd Street)
Join Galveston Island as they commemorate America's freedom with their annual Independence Day Parade. The parade will begin at 7:30pm on Seawall Boulevard from 28th Street and will progress down to 53rd Street. It will feature local groups, performers, creative floats and decorated military vehicles. When the parade has ended, head over to 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard where Galveston will present a 20-minute long fireworks show at 9:15pm over the waters of the Gulf. 

Source: Visit Houston, Texas

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