Whether you’re grilling meat or driving an all-new Lincoln vehicle, the 4th of July is a great time to celebrate the summer. For those looking for some fun this 4th, here are five free Houston events to consider.
July 4 Weekend Celebration
800 Sam Houston Pkwy.
July 2-5, starts at 7 pm
CityCentre is hosting a 4th of July extravaganza that features live concerts during each night of the four-night event. Acts scheduled to appear at the free Houston event include Grady Gaines, the Texas Unlimited Band and The Coconuts. In addition, a fireworks display is scheduled for 9:30 pm on the 4th.
4th of July Celebration
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
6003 Memorial Drive
July 4, 1-5 pm
Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, in affiliation with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is home to one of the largest collections of American decorative arts and paintings in the world. So it’s only natural that they would host their own 4th of July event. Visitors to this free Houston event will be treated to what the organizers are calling “an extravaganza of Americana.” In addition to performances, activities and refreshments, there will be a live reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 pm, followed (naturally) by birthday cake.
Freedom Over Texas
Eleanor Tinsley Park
500 Allen Parkway
July 4, 4-10 pm
Freedom Over Texas is the official 4th of July event for the city of Houston and offers one of the more impressive combinations of fun activities, national and local musical talent, and a Texas-sized fireworks blowout. This year’s event, sponsored by Southwest Airlines, will feature country superstar and Houston native Clint Black and well as singer-songwriter Josh Turner. The evening climaxes with a Citgo-sponsored fireworks spectacular that begins shortly after 9:30 pm.
Technically, this event is not free to the public but the admission charge is nominal: $5 for adults who purchase their tickets before June 1st, $8 for purchases made between June 1st and July 3rd, and $10 on the day of the show.
18th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival
Town Green Park
2099 Lake Robbins Dr.
July 4, 6-10 pm
This free Houston event actually takes place in three different sites in The Woodlands: Town Green Park, Hughes Landing and The Woodlands Waterway. Guests in all three locations will be treated to fun, free festivities like face painting, vendor booths, concessions and more, culminating in a fireworks extravaganza at night.
A Star-Spangled Salute
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Herman Park
July 4, starts at 8:30 pm
Guests to this free Houston event on the 4th of July will be treated to a live performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture as led by Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke, as well as a fireworks display courtesy of the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. The Star-Spangled Salute is part of the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. Tickets for the event will be available on July 4th at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office between the hours of 10:30 am and 1 pm.
For more information about free Houston events on the 4th of July, visit the Things to Do in Houston, Texas page.
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