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!

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Family Fun

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

Shell Freedom Over Texas 

July 4 | 4:00 pm -10:00 pm | 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 4 | 6:00 pm | 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.

Bellaire 4th of July Parade & Festival

July 4 | 9:00 am- 12:00 pm | 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!

4th of July Concert at City Centre

July 4th |  7:00 pm -10:00 pm | City Centre

Independence Day welcomes an evening of live music you won’t want to miss. People’s Choice Band (Country, Pop & Rock), snowcones and snacks available for purchase at the Daily Gather truck on the patio, a fun backdrop and more. (Note: no fireworks at this event)

Valley Ranch Fourth Fest

July 4 |  5:00 pm (Fireworks @ 10:00 pm) | 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 | 8:30 pm | 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 | 6:00 pm-10:00 pm | Independence Park (3449 Pearland Pkwy.)

The event will feature live music by Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band on the H-E-B Entertainment Stage, kids activities, and a spectacular 18-minute fireworks display beginning at 9 pm

Freedom Rocks Music Fest at LagoonFest 

July 3-4 | 10:00 am-Sunset | 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!

4th of July Celebration at Kemah Boardwalk

July 4 | 1:00-10:00 pm | Kemah Boardwalk

Celebrate freedom with a bang! Get to the Boardwalk early – thrilling rides, live music, explosive patriotic displays, and unforgettable memories await! Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.

Galveston Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

July 4 |  6:00- 10:00 pm | Galveston Seawall

Nothing says “summer on Galveston Island” better than the 4th of July! This 4th of July, plan to celebrate the country’s – and your – independence on Galveston Island with a parade, fireworks, special events and more!

Baytown’s Independence Day Celebration

July 3-4 | Various times | Bicentennial Park

Come out to Baytown’s Independence Day celebration on July 3rd and 4th to Bicentennial Park and celebrate 4th of July with two days of free, live entertainment!

Friendswood’s 129th Annual July 4th Celebration

July 4 |10:00 am- 10:00 pm | Centennial Park

This event is choc full of family fun- including food, games, a parade, live entertainment, and a fantastic fireworks show!

Kingwood’s July 4th Family Games Festival

July 4 | 3:00 pm- 9:00 pm | Kingwood Town Center

This festival includes a variety of family friendly games and activities, axe throwing, a bounce house, ladder golf, and more!

Tomball’s July 4th Celebration and Street Fest

July 4 | 4:00 pm- 9:30 pm | Four Corners

Join us for the July 4th Celebration & Street Fest to beat the heat and stay cool at this annual event on Business Highway 249 just north of FM 2920 in Tomball. Enjoy live music, food, and one of the biggest fireworks shows in Houston. It’ll be a patriotic birthday celebration in Tomball as the City stages the biggest Independence Day event in northwest Harris County. Free admission and parking.

Pasadena 4th Fest

July 4 | 4:00 pm- 10:00 pm | Pasadena Convention Center and  Fairgrounds

We are excited to have the talented, Grammy Nominated, Tejano music bandLa Fiebre! They will be headlining the 4th Fest event stage for the first time this year! The band started back in 1986 and has been performing all over since its formation! The event begins at 4:00pm and the band hits the stage from 7:30-9:00pm. Fireworks will light the night sky around 9:15pm.

Red White & Boom at Crown Festival Park

July 4 | 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm | Crown Festival Park (Sugarland)

The Sugar Land skies will light up with colorful pyrotechnics to celebrate America’s Independence Day. This free festival offers plenty of fun including an incredible fireworks display, music, food, vendors, and more.

Attendees should prepare for one of the largest fireworks displays in Fort Bend County! Plan for an evening full of patriotic family fun, activities for all ages coupled with great food and a variety of music! Entertainment and activities will include photo opportunities, vendor booths, and a main stage area featuring a variety of talent.

The event will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display.

Rosenberg’s Family 4th Celebration

July 4 | 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm | Seabourne Creek Nature Park

It’s all about patriotism, family, and fun when Rosenberg hosts the 25th anniversary of the Family 4th Celebration at Seabourne Creek Nature Park. This free event runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

In a special celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event, the Casey Donahew Band will be performing. The Billboard US Country top 10 band features a patriotic performance and several hit songs sure to keep you dancing!

The much-anticipated fireworks show will end the evening. You will not want to miss the spectacular show! We encourage you to come early for the best spots. Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and bug spray!

Katy Freedom Celebration Fireworks

July 4 | 9:00 pm | Katy Mills Mall/Typhoon Texas

Come for Katy’s largest and greatest fireworks display!


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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Elizabeth Baker
Elizabeth was raised in Houston and met her husband Ryan shortly after graduating from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. A few years later, Grayson {Sept 2010}, turned Elizabeth’s world upside down, not only with his sparkling blue eyes and killer smile, but with his profound disabilities and diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease. After two years of navigating the world of special needs parenting, Elizabeth and Ryan were blessed with Charlotte {Jan 2013} and Nolan {Sept 2015}, perfectly completing their party of five. Elizabeth and her crew live in Katy, and when she can steal a few moments for herself, she can be found out for Mexican food and margaritas with girlfriends, binge-listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or trying once again {unsuccessfully} to organize her closet. In addition to her role as Managing Editor of HMB, Elizabeth writes about faith, politics and special needs parenting for publications like Scary Mommy and HuffPost.You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, or ElizabethKBaker.com


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