After spending the day grilling up barbecue, hamburgers, and hotdogs, floating a lazy river, or watching Jaws, Independence Day, and/or The Sandlot, it’s tantamount that you top off the nation’s birthday with a bang. Read on to discover where to watch fireworks in Houston this Fourth of July.
1. Eleanor Tinsley Park / Sam Houston Park
Houston’s famous “Shell Freedom Over Texas” firework show returns this year in the heart of Downtown, Houston. The Texas-sized, 800-foot-high spectacle in Eleanor Tinsley Park will be proceeded by six hours of festivities.
Kicking off at 4 pm, the day-long celebration will feature local, regional, and national entertainment with games, various sponsored activity zones, food, and performances by Chris Young, Yola, and TMF as well burgers. Proceeds will be donated to the Houston Food Bank.
Houston premier new downtown market and rooftop are bringing back their star-spangled firework display this Fourth of July in Houston. Launching at 6 pm, the market will provide a spectacular vantage point to the “Freedom Over Texas” firework display. Their event will feature DJs, games, food, bars, and more. No lawn chairs, large bags, outside food or beverages will be allowed.
This year, Kemah is celebrating Fourth of July weekend in Houston with a special Patriot Pass where buyers can enjoy 5 days of unbridled entertainment at the Kemah Boardwalk, Pleasure pier, and Downtown Aquarium. On July 4th, the venue will cap off the festivities with a fireworks show over Galveston Bay at 9:30 pm.
4. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
As one of the premier breweries and rooftops in Houston, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. provides a spectacular view of the downtown firework display this Fourth of July. Presently, the brewery is selling tickets for access to their three-story rooftop. Purchase includes cost of first beer.
CityCentre will once again host an evening of live music, food, and fireworks this Fourth of July. From 7 pm to 10 pm, visitors can enjoy country and pop music capped off with a 10-minute firework show around 9:30 pm. $10 parking. Ride share is encouraged. No outside food or drink allowed.
6. The Woodlands
The 26th annual Red, Hot, & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza in The Woodlands is gearing up for one of the largest firework displays in the Houston area. Beginning July 3 with a free, Star-Spangled Salute concert at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, the festivities will continue with all-day fun on Juy 4th at 9 am.
The festivities will live entertainment, food, drinks, and family fun in multiple Woodlands locations, including Town Green Park, Waterway Square, Northshore Park, Rob Fleming Park, and Hughes Landing.
Organizers will cap off the festivities with a 18-minute firework show in the Northshore Park/Lake Woodlands area. Lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, and picnic baskets are permitted.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the July 4th Celebration & Street Fest in Tomball. On July 4th organizers will shut off FM 2920 behind Kroger for a day of live music, food, food, gift, and craft vendors, kids activities and more.
At 9:30 the event will be concluded with a fantastic firework show. Free admission and parking at Four Corners area of Tomball.
Katy locals can still catch the “Red, White, and Boom” festival and firework shows at Katy Mills Mall and Typhoon Texas on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend. Fireworks go off a little after nine each night.
9. Bicentennial Park
The annual Baytown Fourth of July celebration will be extra special this year. Headlined by Grammy Award winner, LeAnn Rimes, the two-day event will also feature peformances from RL Bell, Siggno, and Madeline Edwards, as well as a parade (5:45 pm Tuesday), food trucks, vendors, and other fun, free family entertainment. Fireworks follow LeAnn Rimes’ set at 9:30 pm.
10. Pier 6
Pier 6 in San Leon is known for their unreal 50-cent Happy Hour oyster deal – Tuesdays and Wednesdays only – from 4 – 6:30 pm. This Fourth of July, the restaurant will host an Independence Day celebration with a day full of good food, live music, balloon art, sno-cones, face painting, and more. The free event starts at 2 pm on Tuesday.