Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating the Fourth in Houston

Julie Pippert - Houston
June 26, 2012

Houstonians have after-school activities in the rear view mirror and sights set on Fourth of July celebrations around town. Whether you go big or small, downtown or local, there's always a good bit of fun for families. Young children might find the noise of fireworks frightening, so it might be more enjoyable (and easier) to keep a distance from the main crowds. And where there are fireworks and good times, there are always crowds! There are a number of big celebrations around the area, highlighted below, and these are good because they offer such a variety of things to do across a nice span of time that can work for families with kids of all ages and stages.


Freedom Over Texas, the official City of Houston Fourth of July celebration, celebrates at Tinsley Park in downtown Houston. Multiple stages all day long with performers; vintage airplanes and military artifacts on display; family-friendly activities, games and interactive components designed to introduce participants to all levels of physical fun; and, of course, fireworks!

Star Spangled at Miller Outdoor Theater July 4, 2012 8:30 p.m, your family can enjoy an evening with Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony pops listening to patriotic, toe-tapping American music. If you stay to the end, enjoy the 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons and fireworks! You can get covered seating with paid tickets, or pick up free tickets (four 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 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Kemah Boardwalk celebrates the Fourth with live music and the usual good food and fun-plus the Star-Spangled Sky Fireworks Celebration! It's gorgeous over the water. If you prefer, you can check out one of the boats that offer dinner and fireworks viewing, too.

For a neighborhood feel, the city of Friendswood is hosting events all day starting at 10:00 a.m. with a parade that travels down Friendswood Drive. It goes on all day, concluding with a choreographed fireworks show that starts at 9:20 p.m.

If you've got daytime plans but want an evening celebration and fireworks, the city of Webster is celebrating at 5:00 p.m. at the Texas Avenue Park with fireworks that begins at 9:05 p.m. For more information, visit www.webster-tx.com.


Missouri City residents can head to Buffalo Run Park at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy free activities including moonwalks, a rock wall, and mechanical bulls. Fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m.

Folks in Katy have a couple of choices. The official city of Katy July 4th Freedom Celebration & Fireworks Show begins at 9:00 p.m. at Katy Mills Mall. In case your little ones are not fans of the sound but like the sight of the fireworks, you can view them for miles around the mall. They launch between the east side of the mall and Katy Fort Bend Road.

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch hosts the July 4th BIG Backyard Barbecue beginning at 5:30 p.m. Your family can enjoy live entertainment, great food, events for the kids, and a fabulous fireworks display.


It's all day fun in The Woodlands for the Fourth! Get an early (and cooler) start at 9:00 a.m. at Grogan's Mill Road and Lake Woodlands Drive with family fun, and (or) stay until dark and enjoy the fireworks display at The Woodlands Town Center. For more information, visit the city's South Country Fourth of July website.

Go old fashioned with watermelon, lemonade, flags, and balloons in Spring on July 4th and enjoy! If your kids like trains, the To Be An Angel train will run all day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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