The Definitive Guide to Houston

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Houston

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Monday, July 3

Houston Symphony: Star-Spangled Salute – The Woodlands!

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion: 2005 Lake Robbins Drive | The Woodlands, TX 77380
8 p.m.
Admission is free

Join in 27 years of tradition with this free patriotic salute from the Houston Symphony! The show begins at 8 p.m., and seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are not required. Please visit the website for more information.

Tuesday, July 4

CITGO Freedom Over Texas featuring Hunter Hayes and DNCE

Eleanor Tinsley Park: 500 Allen Parkway | Houston, TX 77002
4-10 p.m.
$8 per person through July 3
$10 per person on July 4

For over 30 years, this Buffalo Bayou celebration has been a Houston tradition! Enjoy live music, fun activities, and an exciting fireworks display. United States Air Force Band of the West will kick off with a patriotic tribute, then Grammy-nominated, CMA-wining Hunter Hayes will take the stage, followed by 2016 MTV Music Video Award-winning DNCE. The evening will conclude with a fantastic fireworks display, provided by CITGO.

For tickets and more information, visit the event site.

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star Spangled Salute

Miller Outdoor Theatre: 6000 Hermann Park Drive | Houston, TX 77030
8:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but if you would like to sit in the covered seating area, your (free) tickets must be procured at the box office on July 4 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Open seating is available on the lawn.

Come celebrate the 4th at Houston landmark Miller Outdoor Theatre. The Star-Spangled Salute features patriotic music, followed by fireworks! Musical selections include the Service Medley and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

From the Miller Outdoor Theatre website: “This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. 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 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The shows goes on rain or shine.”


Celebrate the 4th at CITYCENTRE!

CITYCENTRE, a luxury shopping destination: 800 Town & Country Blvd. | Houston, TX 77024
Sunday, July 2 – Tuesday, July 4

Admission is free
Parking in the garage is $10 starting at 4 p.m.

CITYCENTRE will bring concerts and fireworks to Fourth of July celebrants all weekend!
Sunday, July 2 from 7 – 10 PM: Janell McDonald & Grace Point (Inspirational)
Monday, July 3 from 7 – 10 PM: Max Flinn Band (Country)
Tuesday, July 4 from 7 – 11 PM: People’s Choice Band (Country & Rock) & 15 minute fireworks spectacular at 9:30 PM

From the CITYCENTRE website: As a courtesy, no outside food or beverages are allowed. Our restaurants offer delicious menu items that can also conveniently be taken to-go.
Parking will be $10 in all CITYCENTRE garages beginning at 4 PM. Please allow extra time for parking before and after the event due to large attendance; carpooling and ride sharing such as Uber are highly encouraged, new Uber riders can use the code CCJuly417 to receive their first ride free up to $20.

*Fireworks weather permitting

Fourth of July Snow & Ice Celebration at Memorial City Mall

The Square at Memorial City: 303 Memorial City | Houston, Texas 77024
5-8 p.m.

Admission is free 

Cool off and snow down at Memorial City Mall! They’re bringing in 20,000 pounds of snow for you to play in, making snowmen and snow angels. There will also be treats, eats, and a barrel of fun thanks to an Ice Skulpting Performance, live band, face painting, balloon art, and more!

Red, Hot, & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza – The Woodlands!

Town Green Park: 2099 Lake Robbins Drive | The Woodlands, TX 77380
6-10 p.m.

Admission is free

Celebrate the 4th with a fantastic festival full of food, fun, and activities! The day will end with a bang as one of the biggest fireworks displays in the Houston area takes to the skies.

July 4th at Galveston’s Kemah Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk: Kemah, TX 77565
All day

Admission is free

This Galveston favorite is even more fun on the 4th of July! Enjoy food, rides, games, and live music before a fireworks display along the Galveston Bay at 9:30 p.m.


178th City of Galveston Independence Day Parade & Fireworks

37th Street and Seawall Blvd.
7:30 p.m.

Admission is free

From the Galveston website: “Coming up the evening of July 4, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 59th Street and ending at 22nd Street.  After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.”

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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