Fourth of July Events Near Houston, Texas

One of my favorite holidays is Independence Day, the Fourth of July. Each year, since my children have been little, we’ve always found a local fireworks show and spent our evening eating BBQ and watching the fireworks. When I lived in West Texas, we often would sit on the roof of our house and watch from the downtown fireworks show. Later, we would spend the holiday out at the ballpark, where fireworks were launched after the ballgame. Those were really the only two places we could watch fireworks back home.

Since moving to the Houston area of Texas, I’ve had to do some hunting to find the best place to watch fireworks, because there are so many places to go. Last year, we found my favorite place so far, but the hunt is still on to find new places to watch the fireworks and celebrate the holiday. So I’m sharing with you the places we’ve gone to celebrate the Fourth of July, and where we want to try in the future.

Freedom Over Texas, Houston’s Official Fireworks Display & Independence Day Festival

This all-day event in Houston is the official city’s Independence Day celebration, sponsored by Houston’s mayor. This event will include a parade, costumes, contests, events, amusement rides, and much more, all culminating in a spectacular fireworks display that is choreographed and timed to match patriotic music.

When: Monday, July 4, 2011

Where: Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou

Event: Freedom Over Texas

More Info: Website

Kemah Texas: Fireworks Show at the Kemah Boardwalk

I love the small city of Kemah, sitting on the lake, with an amusement park on the boardwalk, boat rides, restaurants of all sorts, live bands, sidewalk performers and games for everyone. During the summer, they shoot off Fireworks every weekend, with a special fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

Spending the day on the boardwalk riding rides is a blast, and armbands are inexpensive for the entire day. Then the evening can be sipping drinks on the second-floor balcony to live music with Rock the Dock, and then watch a large aerial fireworks show overhead.

It’s free to go to the boardwalk, but parking is difficult to find on Independence Day. If you get there early in the day and stay for the fireworks show at 9:30, that’s your best bet. Otherwise, you can park a few block away and still be able to see the fireworks from there.

When: Monday, July 4, 2011

Where: Kemah Boardwalk

Event: Fireworks Show and Rock the Dock

More Info: Website

14th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival: The Woodlands

The Woodlands is a beautiful area to visit, or to live, and their Fourth of July event is sure to be spectacular. There will be face painting, fireworks display, contests, events, street and sidewalk performers and more. There’s sure to be plenty of food and fun too. The event is very family friendly and is free to the public (though foods and products are sold there).

When: Monday, July 4, 2011

Where: The Woodlands Town Center

Event: 14th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival

More Info: Website

Almost every suburb in the Houston area is having their own fireworks display, so you can probably sit in your front yard and BBQ and lean back in lawn chairs (or sit on the roof like we did with my kids back home!) and watch up at the sky to see the fireworks in multiple directions. Turn on your local radio stations, because just about everyone one of them last year was simulcasting with events nearby, so you will know which way to look to see the fireworks.

Remember, most of the suburbs aren’t allowing personal fireworks inside the city limits, so be sure you aren’t getting in any trouble with city ordinances in your area, especially if you’re traveling to another city for the holiday.

BBQ and beer often go hand in hand, and celebrating with a drink or two is perfectly acceptable, but remember, drinking and driving is illegal, so be safe and drink and drive responsibly no mater where you celebrate Independence Day this year.