Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston will host Freedom Over Texas, Houston’s official Fourth of July extravaganza. The six-hour festival has been a Houston tradition for decades and continues to showcase a host of nationally-known musical performers. This year’s headliners include Jack Ingram, Chris Young and Rodney Atkins.
When: Thursday, July 4, 2011
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Bayou and Eleanor Tinsley Park
500 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Admission is FREE when you donate one canned food item per person to the Houston Food Bank. Otherwise, tickets are $8 per person over the age of 2.
Freedom Over Texas is an outdoor festival celebrating the Fourth of July. Country music artists perform live throughout the evening and the event closes with a stunning fireworks display accompanied by a music medley via 100.3 KILT. The festival is divided into several zones that feature booth exhibits, street characters, refreshments, games and more. Zones include the Bud Light Zone, All American Kids Zone, Reliant’s Red, White and Green Scene and more.
Bud Light Zone: In this area you can grab a cold one from the Budweiser Beer Garden, dance to sounds played by DJ Kracker Nuttz and here live music from Ira Perez. Stop by the Bud Light MXT Vehicle for a round or two of Guitar Hero III.
All American Kids Zone: Walmart will sponsor this 30,000 square foot area filled with historical costumed characters, rides, face painters, games and much more. Be sure to catch one of the kid performances of Alice in Wonderland, Cirque Mystery and Animal Adventures.
Red, White and Green Scene: Browse exhibits demonstrating the importance and impact of recycling, use of solar power, sustainable transportation and green building.
In case you aren’t able to attend Freedom Over Texas, the event will be televised from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on ABC-13.
Lindale Park 4th of July Parade
Two items of interest:
First, we are proudly hosting a Mr/Ms Lindale Park 4th of July Contest. Age range 5 – 8 years old / registration fee is 10.00. Judging will be the morning of the parade at the children’s bicycle section. Winners will receive a trophy and ribbon. They will have a choice of riding on Fiesta Float with adult guardian or walking / riding bicycle with our bike entrants.
Secondly, a $20.00 donation will cover the cost of 2 flags per residence on your block! We will purchase the flags on your behalf at a discounted price! Simply contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Diana at: 713-816-3203
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.
|4th of July at Miller Outdoor Theatre
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.
Celebration of Freedom
Pearland High School Football Stadium (3775 South Main, Pearland, TX)
July 4. 6-10 pm
Join the Pearland community in celebrating our country’s independence! The celebration will begin with an explosion of excitement. The full-size carnival will be on-site at the event and will open at 2pm, while stadium and field seating will be available starting at 6pm. The evening’s entertainment will be welcomed by a VFW military salute and followed by the National Anthem. While enjoying activities, such as face painting, inflatables, jugglers and strolling magicians, sit back and relax to the sounds of Drywater as they play Top 40, R&B and Country music. You may bring your own food, as food will also be available for purchase. Admission is free and tickets for the carnival can be purchased on-site.
|Red Hot and Blue Festival
4th Fest in Pasadena
Pasadena Convention Center
July 4. 4pm-10pm
Being Pasadena’s largest city-sponsored event, 4th Fest provides fun activities for all ages throughout the evening. Before the 20-minute fireworks show at the end of the event, live music will be performed by The Slags, a Houston cover band that will play a range from today’s hits to the classics. Also included in the lineup of activities is the USMC Toys for Tots BBQ Cook-off, water balloon fights, a kidzone, sports, games and a car/truck show.
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.
The Katy Freedom Celebration
Katy Mills Mall
July 4. 9pm
The Katy Freedom Celebration fireworks display will be launched between the east side of the mall and Katy Fort Bend Road. This display begins at approximately 9pm and can be viewed from several miles around the mall area.
July 4th Parade and Festival
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.
|Kingwood’s Fourth of July Festival
The Kingwood 4th of July Parade
July 4. Activities begin at 6am
The Kingwood Civic Club has organized this morning event, which will include activities like a fishing rodeo for kids that are 15 and younger. It will also include a bike-judging contest where participants can decorate their bikes for their chance to win a trophy. The parade will begin at 10am from Creekwood Middle School leading to the Kingwood High School. Judging for the floats of the parade will start before the parade at 9am.
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.
Missouri City’s 4th of July Celebration
Buffalo Run Park
July 4. 6pm-10pm
This July 4th celebration is an evening event. Starting at 6pm, free activities, such as moonwalks, a rock wall, mechanical bulls and pony rides will be available to entertain all ages until 9pm. Food will be available on site for purchase. But come early as the first 600 kids will receive a free giveaway (must be 12 years old or under). Shortly fter the festivities, the fireworks show will start around 9:15pm. Thurgood Marshall High School’s parking lot, next to Buffalo Run Park, will be available for guests to park their cars at.
Independence Day Parade and Firework Show
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.