4th of July in Houston: Family Friendly Fun, Fireworks and Festivities

Get ready to ignite your 4th of July spirit! From dazzling firework displays that paint the sky to exciting community parades and barbecue feasts with friends, our city has something for everyone. Here’s a fabulous list of 4th of July events in Houston and surrounding areas, so get ready to make some plans for a fun day out for the whole family!

family looking at fireworks

Family Fun

Grab the kids for some fun, food, fireworks and FREEDOM!

Bellaire 4th of July Parade & Festival

July 4th @ 9:00am- 12:00pm | City of Bellaire

Head over to Bellaire for its annual 4th of July parade. Bring out all the bells and whistles to celebrate and join the festivities promptly at 9:00am!

Independence Day Fireworks at City Centre

July 4th @ 7-10pm | City Centre

Independence Day welcomes an evening of live music and a 10-minute fireworks spectacular that you don’t want to miss!

Shell Freedom Over Texas 

July 4th @ 4-10pm | Eleanor Tinsley Park

This year’s Freedom Over Texas is an event filled with six-hours of festivities, tradition, and live concert stages, along Allen Parkway. Freedom Over Texas will feature local, regional, and national entertainment and will be capped off with a musically choreographed, “Texas-sized” fireworks finale.

firework lights up night sky

2023 Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza 

July 4th @ beginning at 6pm | Throughout the Woodlands

Celebrate freedom in The Woodlands with great food, live entertainment and family fun at multiple locations around The Woodlands! The event culminates with one of the largest fireworks displays in the Greater Houston area. All sites will feature live music beginning at 6 pm with bands playing until the Fireworks Extravaganza at approximately 9:30 pm.

St. Phil’s Freedom Festival

July 2 @ 5pm | St. Philip’s United Methodist Church

St. Phil’s is getting festive too! All are welcomed for food, live music, games, a silent auction, and fireworks at dusk!

Valley Ranch Fourth Fest

July 4 @ 5pm | The Hill at Valley Ranch (New Caney)

The festival will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in Montgomery County, live music from local bands, a car show, wonderful food and more.

Star Spangled Salute by the Houston Symphony

July 4 @ 8:30pm | Miller Outdoor Theatre

Fourth of July at Miller is back!!! Celebrate America’s birthday featuring patriotic favorites followed by a fireworks grand finale at 10:00 PM.

Celebration of Freedom in Pearland

July 4 from 6 – 10pm | Independence Park (3449 Pearland Pkwy.)

Join us at Celebration of Freedom, featuring the Junior Gordon Band performing a variety of music, kids activities, and a spectacular 18-minute fireworks display.

Fourth of July Celebration at Bayou Bend

July 4 from 1 – 5pm | Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

The annual festival features an extravaganza of Americana, with performers, crafts, activities, and refreshments. Be sure to sign the giant Declaration of Independence before you leave!

These fun Houston-area events keep you nice and cool during July 4th!

SplashTown/Hurricane Harbor 4th of July Celebration

July 1, 2 & 4 during park hours | Splash Town/Hurricane Harbor

Guests can enjoy specialty food items, music and fireworks! Come for the day, stay for the show.

Freedom Rocks Fest at LagoonFest 

July 3 & 4 2 – 8 pm | LagoonFest Texas

Splash into the summer holiday with this incredible event! Rent all kinds of water activities and toys, kick up your feet in a cabana, and enjoy!


Please enjoy the 4th of July in Houston safely and legally. You may see fireworks stands around town, but they are very illegal within the Harris County city limits and in certain annexed areas of town. {We are talking $500 – $2000 fine for each individual firework. Even just having them can cost you. They are serious about this.} Check Fireworks Laws Houston for exact laws and boundaries.


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Ann Herlocher
Ann grew up in central Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State, where she met and later married her husband, Cory. They moved to Houston in 2007 and she started working in the nonprofit sector handling communications and marketing. She’s mom to three kids, Jack {June 2104}, Colin {September 2016}, and Abby {April 2019} and had every intention of being a working mom, but several months after their first was born her husband’s job led them to Calgary, Alberta Canada. After moving back to the area in September 2017, they gave up their previous inner loop status for suburban roots and are living in Spring. In her free time, Ann loves starting projects she never seems to finish, reading a good book and binge watching something other than Frozen or Dino Dan. Connect with her via Instagram {@annherlocher}.


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