The 4th of July is a very special day for our country and that is especially true in Texas. Especially 4th of July Celebrations in Houston and Dallas. Known for our “bigger is better ” mentality, we have never shied away from lighting up our city skies with near-blinding firework displays and music festivals galore. More to the heart, however, are the many community gatherings and parades in neighborhoods; large and small all to share our patriotic spirit.
This year. Independence Day lands smack in the middle of the week. This brings unique problems and offerings. On the negative side, it is difficult to create a long weekend with a Wednesday holiday limiting travel opportunities. It, however, offers not one but two weekends of celebration depending on your community. For those of you looking for events nearby or afar in this great state, we have shared a few of the many events celebrating the 242nd birthday of our great country.
There are too many events to possibly list all the 4th of July celebrations in Houston and Dallas, but we have given it a good start below. If you know of others, feel free to share them in the comments.
We wish you all a wonderful Independence Week.
Houston Area Events
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- Freedom Over Texas Celebrate with thousands of your closest friends and country singer Chris Young in Eleanor Tinsley Park
- Looking for a lower key evening. Bring your picnic blanket to the Miller Outdoor Theatre for the Exxon/Mobil Summer Symphony Nights: Star Spangled Salute.
- The town of Bellaire will be celebrating in Town Square the morning of the 4th with a parade and festival.
- Up north, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands offers up fireworks and the Houston Symphony’s Star Spangled Salute. The Waterway will be transformed into a family festival complete with kids’ activities and of course, fireworks.
- Out west, Katy Freedom Celebration is filled with all-age activities across Heritage Park and the Katy Mills mall. That evening, head to La Centerra for music and dancing under the fireworks.
- Heading south, Pearland will begin their celebration with a military salute followed by a firework bonanza over the Pearland High School stadium.
- Missouri City is joining the fun with moonwalks, a rock wall, and pony rides. A free gift is offered for the first 600 kids. Fireworks to follow.
- The Kemah Boardwalk will offer live music and fireworks over the bay.
- While not as old as our nation, Galveston is continuing its 179th-year tradition with City of Galveston Celebration Independence Day Parade and Fireworks. The island sky will light up with fireworks following a parade along the Seawall.
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- The Dallas Arboretum begins its extended Independence Day happenings on Saturday the 30th. Military and first responders will receive free admission to the gardens. Make sure to bring your I.D.
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- For those baseball fans of either Houston or the Texas Rangers, the two Texas MLB teams will be face-to-face on the 3rd and 4th at Globe Life Park in Arlington. $1 hot dogs and fireworks add an extra bit of Americana to this classic past time.
- For a little more grown-up fun, you can raise a glass or can, if you’d like, to the nation. On June 30th, the Nobel Rey Brewing Co will host the Red, White, & Brew.
- Three days later, the Texas Ale Project will host the ‘Merica the Beer-tiful on July 3rd. It seems Dallas breweries are raising the “bar” on 4th of July fun!
- The Dallas VIP lifestyle is not to be forgotten with Red, White, & Groove.
- The Fort Worth Symphony will host an Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic.
- You can’t speak of Fort Worth without including the Stockyards. Face painting, live music, and gunfight shows will help you while away Independence Day with fun and family.
- Addison Kaboom Town in Plano will continue its legacy as one of the best firework shows in the country. The next morning, join the Plano Lions for an Independence Day parade.
- Don’t forget that Six Flags offers fun every day but on the 4th, they raise it to a new level. Starting the weekend before, the Stars & Stripes will be on full display. Fireworks are just the beginning for this star-spangled salute.
- Terrific go-to sources are 4th of July Events in DFW and Ft. Worth’s 4th. These are entire sites dedicated to the day in our largest metropolitan center.
Not celebrating in the Houston/Galveston or Dallas/Fort Worth area?
Stay tuned. More to come.