Houston Fourth of July 2011 Fireworks and Festivities UPDATED June 28

****PLEASE NOTE*****Due to the dry weather and recent burn bans, the City is considering cancellation of some of the fireworks events scheduled around the city.  I have included links to each event website, so please check these event websites for any updates/cancellations.

Houston knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July, with fireworks shows and festivities all around the City.  In fact, from some vantage points in the city, you can catch fireworks displays occurring all around town.  We wanted to give you the scoop on some of the biggest shows going on.

Mayor Annise Parker’s Freedom Over Texas Celebration will occur at Eleanor Tinsley Park along Buffalo Bayou near downtown and midtown.  Gates open at 4 and admission is free with a donation of a canned good to benefit the Houston Food Bank.  Attendees will also enjoy some good ol’ country music from Jack Ingram, Chris Young, and Rodney Atkins.  There will also be a Kid’s Zone featuring activities, education, games and more.  Fireworks are set to go off around 9:35.

Or , if you’d rather have your 4th of July soundtrack be a little more traditional, plan on attending the Exxon-Mobile Star-Spangled Salute with the Houston Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park.  Free tickets (up to four per person over the age of 16) in the seated area of the theater will be available the day of the show from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  But, there is still plenty of room on the hill to spread your blanket and enjoy the show.

Prefer to watch the fireworks on the water?  Tickets for the Kemah Boardwalk Fireworks Cruise and BBQ are selling out fast.  Unlike the other shows, you pay for this one but it’s well worth it!  The 3 hour cruise includes a BBQ dinner and non-alcoholic beverages, plus cash bar and DJ to kick up your heels.  Ticket prices start at $49 for kids, $79 for adults.

Nothing pulls at the patriotic heart strings quite like the singing of the National Anthem followed by a military fly over.  Head out to Pearland to catch their Celebration of Freedom.  Gates open at 6PM at the Pearland High School football stadium and admission is free.

THE WOODLANDS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED  Boasting one of the Houston areas largest fireworks displays, and wrapping up their 3 days of national pride celebrations, The Woodlands celebrates the holiday with their Red, Hot, and Blue Fireworks and Festival Extravaganza (I guess they thought that having the biggest name denotes the biggest celebration).  Events include a free concert from the Buck Yeager Band at Northshore Park, then on to Town Green Park for hot dog and watermelon eating contests and fireworks starting at dusk.  Check out their website for all of the details including best spots to watch the show.


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