Houston’s 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities {2017}

4th of July is exactly one week away, and thankfully in Houston there is not a shortage of places to go or things to do!  Check out our comprehensive list of Houston’s 4th of July fireworks and festivities, and make a plan for this year’s celebrations to be the best one yet!!

>> INNER LOOP / CENTRAL <<

Freedom Over Texas {July 4th, 4 – 10pm}
Located at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou, Freedom Over Texas is a 6 hour celebration of freedom, including live music, children’s entertainment area, food, and more! Tickets are $8 through July 3rd and $10 at the gate {or online the day of the show} – kids 5 and under are FREE! Oh, and this year Hunter Hayes and DNCE are performing!

Star Spangled Salute @ Miller Outdoor Theatre {July 4th, 8:30 pm}
The Houston Symphony continues its annual celebration at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Festivities include fireworks accompanied by a dramatic 16-cannon salute. This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area, and FREE tickets are available {4 per person over age 16 while they last} at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am – 1pm. Seating is open and FREE on the hill.

Bellaire July 4th Parade & Festival  {July 4th, 9 – 1 pm}
This year’s theme of this annual event is America’s Superheroes! The parade begins at 9:30 am and is followed by the community festival from 10 am to 1pm. Bring the entire family and enjoy the parades, carnival games and rides, petting zoo, and much more! Festival held at Bellaire Town Square and Loftin Park.

4th of July Celebration at Bayou Bend {July 4th, Noon – 5 pm}
This FREE annual celebration includes performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and more. Don’t forget to sign the giant Declaration of Independence before you leave!

>> NORTH <<

The Woodlands Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival {July 4th, 9 am – 10 pm}
Enjoy the whole day with the family in The Woodlands.  Start the day at 9 am with a parade including marching bands, fire engines, horses, and floats.  Then cool off with the fun filled activities at one of the 14 community pools from 10 am to 6 pm – FREE for all residents.  Follow it up at 5:30 pm with a bike parade in Northshore Park, just make sure to decorate the kids’ bikes! Finish the night with a community wide celebration and an 18 minute firework show, performed in 4 locations. 

Fireworks Over Lake Conroe {July 4th, 7 – 10 pm}
Enjoy a community festival and fireworks display overlooking the water.  Word on the street is that prime viewing spots are on the lake, Fajita Jacks, as well as locations near the Waterpoint Shopping Center on HWY 105!

>> NORTHEAST <<

Kingwood Festival & Fireworks {July 4th, 2 – 10 pm}
Enjoy live bands, craft and food booths, kid zone entertainment, and end the night at 9 pm with the traditional fireworks display!

>> NORTHWEST <<

Tomball July 4th Celebration & Street Fest {July 4th, 5 – 9:30 pm}
An evening of celebration honoring America’s independence! Live music, food, games, and activities followed by a fireworks spectacular at dusk. Admission and parking are both FREE!

Waller Freedom Fest {July 3rd, 6 – 9  pm & July 4th, 3 – 9 pm}
Two days of celebrations beginning Monday, July 3rd. Waller’s Freedom Fest includes helicopter rides, bubble runners, water slides, rock walls, bumper boats, and of course – fireworks both nights.

>> EAST <<

Baytown July 4th Celebration {July 3rd, 6 – 9 pm & July 4th, 3 – 9 pm}
Baytown starts the celebration with concerts Monday night.  Then, Tuesday includes all different activities –  a 5 mile run, a parade, concerts {including Josh Turner}, and a fireworks extravaganza!

>> SOUTH <<

Friendswood July 4th {July 4th, 10 am – 10 pm}
The festivities begin with a parade at 10 am, followed by a celebration at Stevenson Park with rides, games, food, and live entertainment until 3:30 pm. The evening program will be held at Centennial Park with a concert at 7:30 pm and a fireworks extravaganza beginning at approximately 9:20 pm!

Pearland Celebration of Freedom {July 4th, 6 – 10 pm}
A VFW military salute will kick off the festivities, followed by entertainment and a fireworks spectacular – at Pearland High School Football Stadium! Food is available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own too.

>> SOUTHEAST <<

Galveston Island Independence Day Celebrations {July 4th, 7:30 – 10 pm}
Galveston Island will celebrate Independence Day with a procession of floats, military vehicles, and performers. The parade kicks off at 7:30 pm along Seawall Blvd. with fireworks starting immediately after!

Kemah July 4th {July 4th, fireworks start at 9:30 pm}
Live music and patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay! {Did you know the Kemah boardwalk actually has a fireworks show every Friday during the summer?}

League City’s Light Up the Sky Fireworks Spectacular {July 3rd, 6 – 10 pm}
League City is hosting its first ever pre-Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 3rd at Chester L. Sportsplex {1251 W. League City Parkway}.  Residents are invited to enjoy a colorful light show, food trucks, live music, entertainment, and inflatables. Admission is FREE!

4th Fest in Pasadena {July 4th, 4 – 10 pm}
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Pasadena Convention Center with a car show, Kidzone, BBQ cook-off, water balloon war zone, games, prizes, and more. All ending with a 20 minute long fireworks show!

Seabrook Kids Parade {July 4th, 10 am – 12 pm}
A July 4th parade just for kids at Meador Park! Enjoy free hot dogs, drinks, and games. Plus, there will also be a bouncy house, train, and prizes to win!

Nassau Bay July 4th Celebration {July 4th, Noon – 10 pm}
A community wide festival and fireworks celebration at Nassau Bay.  Water wars are from Noon – 2 pm, and then stick around for the parade, pie contest, and fireworks afterwards.

>> SOUTHWEST <<

Freedom Rings Concert at Stafford Center  {July 4th, starts at 7 pm}
Enjoy live music from the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, followed by a fireworks show. FREE admission too!

Sugar Land’s Star Spangled Celebration  {July 4th, 5 – 10 pm}
Celebrate America’s Birthday at Sugarland Festival Site.  Participants are encouraged to bring blankets to spread out in the field as they enjoy the variety of free entertainment, patriotic music, activity booths, and the fireworks finale after sunset. 

Missouri City Tradition {July 4th, 6 – 10 pm}
Missouri City’s patriotic tradition offers lots of family friendly activities at Buffalo Run Park. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks and local vendors. At 9:15 pm, the fireworks show will begin, and stadium seating will be available at Thurgood Marshall High School for the show.

An American Tradition @ George Ranch {July 4th, starts at 9 am}
Enjoy a scavenger hunt through time, play croquet, or join a sack race!  There’s also a parade, cobbler eating contest, and a hot dog feast.  Reservations are required for this event, so purchase tickets here.

Lake Jackson Concerts on the Plaza {July 4th, 7 – 10 pm}
Bring your own lawn chairs and refreshments to the plaza to listen to music by Cole Deggs.  

>> WEST <<

City Centre Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular {July 4th, 7 – 11 pm}
Enjoy live music from People’s Choice Band {country / rock}, with 15 minutes of fireworks at 9:30 pm. 

Katy Freedom Celebration {July 1st,  9 am – 1 pm & 8 – 10 pm}
This collaborative effort will showcase a day filled with activities provided by the Katy Fire Department, Katy Heritage Society and Heritage Park, VFW Lodge and Park, and Katy Parks and Recreation. The morning program will be from 9 am until 1 pm at the City of Katy complex between the Katy Fire Department and VFW Park, and the evening program of fireworks and music will be held in the area near Typhoon Texas and Katy Mills Mall from 8 to 10 pm.

Cinco Ranch LaCenterra’s July 4th Celebration {July 4th, 4:30 – 9:30 pm}
The celebration kicks off with a children’s bike parade {no sign up required}, followed by live music, an interactive Kid Zone, food vendors…and concludes with a fantastic fireworks display!

Fulshear Freedom Fest {July 2nd, 6 – 9 pm}
This event will kick-off with a parade at 5:30 pm and come to an end with a fireworks show.  Throughout the night, the town will come alive with music from the SPAZMATICS as well as food trucks, vendors, and many activities for kids too!

:: FRIENDLY FIREWORKS REMINDER ::

You may see fireworks stands around town, but they are very illegal within the Harris County city limits and in certain annexed areas of town. {We are talking $500 – $2000 fine for each individual firework. Even just having them can cost you. They are serious about this.} Check Fireworks Laws Houston for exact laws and boundaries.


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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and various business details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other fireworks or festivities for 4th of July, include them in the comments below!

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