Are you starting to think about plans for the 4th of July? If you’re a grumpy Inner Looper like I am, you spend your 4th of July avoiding crowds by any means necessary or … if you’re really lucky … you (or a friend) live in an apartment with a fabulous balcony that offers the perfect view of the fireworks.
But what about the rest of the folks out there? The folks that want to proudly display their red, white and blue (while having a few cocktails). Furthermore, even the grumpest of the grumpy Inner Looper’s get motivated on occasion. So here’s a list of all, or at least most, of the events going on in the Houston area for Independence Day.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
INNER LOOP Freedom Over Texas @ Eleanor Tinsley Park at 4pm If you’re looking for some Texas sized fun, the annual Freedom Over Texas celebration at Eleanor Tinsley Park is where you want to be. Headlining on the main stage is country musician Billy Currington and CMA Vocalist of the Year Sara Evans. But don’t just stand in one place! A whole slew of activities will be going on all through out the park. Admission: $8.00. Eleanor Tinsley Park, 150 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007. http://www.houstontx.gov/july4/
A Star-Spangled Salute @ Miller Outdoor Theatre, 8:30pm -10:30pm Enjoy an evening with Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony at ‘A Star-Spangled Salute.’ Make sure to stay until the end for the 1812 Overture—complete with booming cannons! This celebration concludes with a display of fireworks provided by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030. http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/
IndeFINNdence Day Firework Party @ BlackFinn Step out for the IndeFINNdence Day Fireworks Party and watch the fireworks from the 8th floor rooftop at BlackFinn American Grille. Come out for what promises to be one of the best evenings … and views in town! BlackFinn Houston, 1910 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002. http://houston.blackfinnamericangrille.com/
4th of July Celebration @ Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Festivities get going at 1 p.m. Event highlights include live performances, crafts and a puppet show. At 3 p.m. there’s a reading of the Declaration of Independence with costumed actors. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 1 Westcott, Houston, TX 77007. http://www.mfah.org
CINCO RANCH Load up the family and head to La Centerra for an evening of live entertainment, great food, a colorful Kids’ Zone and an incredible fireworks display. The July 4th BIG Backyard Barbecue kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and includes live entertainment, great food, events for the kids and a fabulous fireworks display. https://www.facebook.com/events/314490295306084/
FRIENDSWOOD The City of Friendswood is hosting “The Sounds of Freedom,” a day long 4th of July celebration. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a parade that travels down Friendswood Drive followed by activities for the whole family such as rock climbing, a bungee trampoline and more. Fireworks show starts at 9:20 p.m. http://www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/Special-Events/
Spend the day on the beach and the evening enjoying a parade and fireworks show at the Galveston Island 4th of July Celebration. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs along Seawall Blvd, from 28th Street to 53rd Street. Afterwards, it’s time for the beachfront fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. at Seawall Blvd and 37th Street. http://www.galveston.com
KINGWOOD Kingwood Town Center is hosting a festival and fireworks display from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. DJ Mark Linabury spins from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Live music from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Fireworks display at 9 p.m. http://towncenterevents.com/july4th.html
MISSOURI CITY The 4th of July celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at Buffalo Run Park. From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. take advantage of the free activities including a moonwalk, rock wall, mechanical bulls, pony rides and more! The first 600 kids (12 & under) will receive a free giveaway! The fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. http://www.missouricitytx.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=294
PEARLAND The city of Pearland is hosting a full-size carnival at the Pearland High School Football Stadium beginning at 2 p.m. A military salute will begin the evening’s entertainment followed by the National Anthem. Then sit back, relax and sing along to the sounds of Drywater, spinning pop, R&B and country music. At sundown, enjoy a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display. http://www.pearlandparks.com/celebration_of_freedom.html
SEABROOK The City of Seabrook will host its Children’s Bike Parade at Meador Park at 10am. After the parade enjoy hot dogs and soda plus face painting, games, a moon walk and much more! http://www.ci.seabrook.tx.us/
SUGAR LAND Sugar Land gets fired up for the 27th annual Red, White and Blue Fest at Oyster Creek Park from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Celebrate America’s 236th birthday with family and friends while enjoying new main stage performances, delicious county fair-type food, goodies and numerous children’s activities. http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/parks_recreation/special_events/red_white_blue_fest/index.asp
THE WOODLANDS The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts the annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival at the Woodlands Waterway Square. The Festival features live music, face painting, strolling performers, games, hot dog and watermelon eating contests, vendor booths, concessions, Fireworks and much more! Be sure your kids enter the “Little Firecracker Essay Contest” to win great prizes for the summer. Fireworks extravaganza will begin at Dusk. http://www.redhotblue.org