Skip to main content

Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in and Around Houston

Published Jun 17, 2022 by Megan Broussard

Freedom Over Texas

Freedom Over Texas

An increase in temperatures, snowball stands and a patriotic high all mean it’s almost Independence Day. Houston and surrounding suburbs have plenty of ways to celebrate America’s birthday. From fireworks shows to parades, there’s no shortage of family-friendly ways to enjoy the holiday. 

Bellaire

Celebration of Independence Parade & Festival
The City of Bellaire will kick off the day with a parade (featuring the Children’s Bike Parade) followed by a festival on the Great Lawn and Loftin Park in Bellaire Town Square. The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. There will be live music, entertainment and a wide variety of food vendors to choose from. 

Galveston 

Fourth of July Drone Show 
What says Fourth of July better than grilling out and watching fireworks? Drones on the beach! For the first time ever, Galveston will put on a drone show for the Fourth of July. Hundreds of drones will come together for a 12-minute show with 12 custom formations. Expect to see patriotic images, island favorites like birds, sea turtles and fish as well as plenty of fun surprises. 

Houston

Shell Freedom Over Texas 
For the first time in three years, Houston’s signature Fourth of July event will return to an in-person format. Shell Freedom Over Texas will include six hours of dynamic festivities including live music from artists such as Sawyer Brown and Clay Walker, an all-American kid zone, an opportunity to meet an astronaut and, of course, fireworks!

Independence Day Fireworks 
CityCentre will host an evening of entertainment from 7 to 11 p.m., including a 10-minute firework spectacular at 9:30 p.m. 

Kingwood 

July 4th Family Games Festival
This unique celebration of America’s birthday will include game challenges and a kid zone with a bounce house and slide! Games include giant Jenga, cornhole and giant Connect 4. Join in on the friendly competition starting Monday, July 4 at 3 p.m. in Town Center Park. The evening will conclude with a patriotic musical laser light show.

Celebration of Freedom in Pearland

Pearland 

Celebration of Freedom 
All ages are welcome to participate in the Celebration of Freedom in Independence Park. This event, which will feature live music, food trucks, rides and attractions, begins at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. 

Sugar Land 

Red, White and Boom
Celebrate Independence Day at The Crown Festival Park with plenty of patriotic activities to partake in, including carnival games, rock walls, sports inflatables, trackless trains, a firework display and more.

The Woodlands

2022 4th of July Parade: Stronger Together
Before watching the sky light up at night in red, white and blue, catch the annual South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade: “Stronger Together” in The Woodlands. This 1.3-mile parade will take place in Market Street Monday morning at 9 a.m. 

For more information on ways to have fun all summer long in Houston, visit our Living in Houston page or follow us on Facebook or Instagram using the handle @LiveWorkHou.

Related News

Living In Houston

'Town Square' Project Aims to Reinvent Memorial City Complex

5/24/22
The traditional American mall is changing from coast to coast, with some shopping centers facing the wrecking ball while others are being reinvented to meet the evolving needs of 21st century urban and suburban communities. Here in Houston, developers are redeveloping some malls as mixed-use commercial districts. At Memorial City near Gessner and Katy Freeway, real estate development firm MetroNational recently revealed plans to reimagine the massive 300-acre site that includes Memorial City Mall. The company will start with construction of Memorial Town Square, a 27-acre, 190,000-square-foot mixed-use project that will include local and national boutiques, innovative restaurants and health and wellness services.  Memorial Town Square aims to set the tone for a new master plan at Memorial City that will eventually include a much denser urban experience with residential units, a new office tower, coworking spaces and more. Completion of Memorial Town Square is expected in 2025.  Developers say Memorial Town Square will strive to improve the way people in the area come together, with lush landscaping, walkable streetscapes and an iconic town square vibe. Centered around expansive green space, the project will offer a variety of gathering spots crafted for lively and low-key get togethers. Visitors will experience art, entertainment, and events within a relaxed yet vibrant communal hub. "MetroNational has been working towards this day for more than 25 years," said Jason Johnson, President of MetroNational. "Memorial Town Square was designed for the community with the hope that they would one day consider it a part of their daily lives - hence the name.” Memorial City isn’t the only mall getting rethought. Baybrook Mall has served the residents of the Clear Lake/Friendswood area for decades, but in 2016 the mall got a major upgrade with an outdoor lifestyle center adjacent to the existing structure. A wide assortment of restaurant concepts and boutique stores centered around an open lawn for events and performances has reinvigorated the center that’s now drawing a new crop of new shoppers and diners. In total, the Baybrook expansion added more than 500,000 square feet to the development.  Back in 2017, Houston’s iconic Galleria shopping debuted $300 million in renovations that added a luxury “jewel box” complete with a number of high-end restaurants and retail concepts. The expansion aimed to elevate the already popular Houston shopping complex.  Learn more about living in Houston.   
Read More
Quality of Life

Summer Family Activities in Houston

5/11/22
Summer is around the corner! Soon, school will be out, and families will have more time to explore the city. Houston has so much to offer during this time. From cooling off at Schlitterbahn in Galveston to outings at Minute Maid Park and Miller Outdoor Theater, there’s enough to keep the entire family entertained all summer long.  Enjoy a Show  If you have a little one in your life or love musical performances, you won’t want to miss FROZEN this summer at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. This can’t miss Broadway show will tour in Houston from late June through July.  Have an older child? The classic Broadway sensation, WICKED, returns May 31. Recommended for ages 8 and up, this is the perfect family outing that also beats the Houston summer heat. See the complete list of current and upcoming shows here.   Attend a Concert  Calling all Encanto lovers! The widely popular film is coming to The Woodlands in sing-along form. This 2.5-hour-long concert includes a live band and all the record-breaking hit songs from the beloved soundtrack. Learn more and get your tickets here.  Experience Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows alongside the Houston Symphony this summer. Families can enjoy the full film set to a live symphony orchestra either June 10 or 11. Learn more and get your tickers here.  Click to expand Houston Symphony Visit the Museum District  All summer long, the Children’s Museum Houston has events, meet-and greets and activities planned to celebrate summer. From Princess Day to Kidpendence day with Captain America, there’s something for everyone during “Fun Summer Vibes.” The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Museum of Natural Science is always a family favorite for all ages. Here you can walk through a living butterfly habitat. This mini rainforest contains several plant species, a 50-foot waterfall and an estimated 2,000 butterflies.  Cool off at a Splash Pad Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green is one of the most popular splash pads in all of Houston. With 14-foot-high jets and downtown city views in every direction, there’s so much fun to have at this iconic park.  Levy Park is another great family destination near the Galleria. This unique park has hills to climb, a rock wall that leads to a slide, games and a water feature that dumps those standing below. Families can also enjoy quick bites, such as Love Shack, within steps of the play area.    Click to expand Levy Park Brewery Tour Around Houston   What better way is there to cool off than sipping on a chilled beverage? Karbach Brewery offers plenty of shade and games in their biergarten and it’s also family friendly. Take your friends, children and fur babies for a refreshing afternoon outing.  St. Arnolds is another great brewery with plenty of outdoor activities for kiddos. You can also check out their anniversary party taking place on June 28, which will include live music, local artists and special variations of Art Car IPA on draft while supplies last.  These are just a few ways to spend time together as a family in Houston. For more ideas and ways to explore the city visit https://www.houston.org/living-in-houston.   
Read More

Related Events

Demography

Houston DiverseCity Summit

The Greater Houston Partnership proudly presents the Houston DiverseCity Summit, an inspiring one-day convening to advance equity and inclusion in the greater Houston region. This gathering of leading professionals…

Learn More
Learn More