Fireworks, festivals and parades return in full force this Fourth of July with events planned across the Greater Houston Area.
The celebrations of America's independence will include everything from traditional parades to festivals large and small, concerts and, of course, the star of the show: Fabulous fireworks.
If you're looking for the best place to watch those fireworks light up the sky, we've got you covered from The Woodlands down to Galveston and points in between.
Shell Freedom Over Texas
The city of Houston's big Shell Freedom Over Texas celebration is back in full force this year after being scaled down in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic.
They are inviting full-capacity crowds to enjoy six hours of live music, including everything from rap to country to zydeco.
They're also celebrating Johnson Space Center's 60 years in Houston with a special Space City Experience that will feature NASA astronauts, robotic demonstrations and virtual reality field trips to the International Space Station.
Some of the performers were up bright and early this morning rehearsing and final preparations are underway.
Tonight, Sawyer Brown opens the show for headliner and hometown favorite Clay Walker. Then it's time to fire up the fireworks for one of the biggest and brightest shows in the country with the gorgeous Houston skyline as a backdrop.
WHEN: July 4, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
ADMISSION: $10, children under 5 free; This year, a portion of food and drink sales will benefit the
TRAFFIC NOTE: Metro will extend HOV/HOT lane hours to 11 p.m. on Monday, to accommodate increased traffic downtown for the Freedom Over Texas Festival.
Photos: Past Freedom Over Texas celebrations
If you're on the west side, City Centre is hosting an event that will include live music and a fireworks show that starts at 9:30 p.m.
WHEN: July 4, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
WHERE: City Centre, 800 Town and Country Blvd
The City of Bellaire invites you to a Celebration of Independence Parade and Festival!
WHEN: July 4, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: The parade route has changed and it starts at South Rice Avenue and Valerie Street. The children's bike parade starts at South Rice Avenue and Evergreen Street. Both parades end at Linden Street.
6:00 p.m. - Children activities
6:45 p.m. - City of Conroe Honor Guard
7:00 p.m. - The Daybreak Chorus
7:30 p.m. - Montgomery County Choral Society with Symphony
8:00 p.m.- Conroe Symphony Orchestra
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks
Deer Park's 4th Fest will feature something new this year with a cornhole tournament, plus live music, food and fireworks.
It's at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Band Hennessey will perform on the outdoor stage from 7 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
The park will be the site for rides, games, food and entertainment at 11 a.m.
At 7:30 p.m., the party moves to Centennial Park for a free concert from Party Crashers, then fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
After the parade, the island will host two drone shows at 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard sponsored by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees/Visit Galveston. The first show will begin at 9 p.m. and the second at 10:30 p.m.
Float line-up will begin at 4 p.m. along 59th Street. At 5 p.m. the line-up group will move to the Seawall between 59th and 57th Streets to help stage the floats and get them in the correct order. At 6 p.m., the parade will begin from 57th Street and head east toward 27th Street.
The Traffic Division will reopen the Seawall to two-way traffic immediately following the parade.
The City of Katy and Typhoon Texas are partnering for another year of patriotic fun with Red, White and Boom!
Guests are encouraged to come out and enjoy a day of 4th of July fun and entertainment at Typhoon Texas beginning at 11 a.m. Monday.
The Freedom Celebration fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. at the water park or you can view them at Katy Mills Mall.
The Kemah Boardwalk is the scene for live music followed by fireworks over Galveston Bay at 9:30 p.m. Monday.
You can also watch the fireworks by booking a ride on the Boardwalk Beast speedboat or Fantasea for a cruise with a view.
WHEN: July 4, Live music starts at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Kemah Boardwalk
Kingwood kicks the 4th off early with The Fishing Rodeo from 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. at the Foster's Mill ponds at the corner of Kingwood Drive & Forest Garden. Kids age 15 and younger are invited to bring their fishing gear to the ponds and compete for trophies in different categories. No registration is required.
The Bike Rodeo is at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the Kingwood Bible Church on the corner of Oakwood Forest and Lake Houston Parkway, across from Creekwood Middle School. Kids are invited to bring their decorated bikes to compete for trophies and then participate in the parade afterward.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. from Creekwood Middle School to Kingwood High School.
The City of Jersey Village's first July 4th event will include a community parade, a concert by The Fab 5, food trucks and children's activities.
Around 9:15 p.m., enjoy the Senate Ave. Brewing Co. Fireworks Show.
WHEN: July 4, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
WHERE: Clark Henry Park at 7804 Equador St.
This "fireworks extravaganza" on Sunday, July 3, is a free family-friendly event that also includes live music, inflatables and food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to enjoy an evening with family and friends as part of your Independence Day celebration. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
WHEN: July 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Chester L. Davis Sportsplex, 1251 W. League City Parkway
Missouri City's Independence Day Festival gets underway Monday afternoon.
Bring a lawn chair and find a spot in the grass to sit back, relax, and enjoy live music followed by an amazing fireworks show!
WHEN: July 4, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Join the City of Nassau Bay for a day-long Independence Day celebration.
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Water Wars
Get your water guns and water hoses ready to soak your neighbors in Water Wars, our citywide water fight on foot, bicycles, wagons or golf carts.
6 p.m. Parade honoring veterans
9 p.m. Lakeside fireworks show
End the day with a bang at a fireworks show over the lake!
Freedom will ring in Pasadena at this year's 4th Fest at 4 p.m.
- Live Music By: The Slags & Gray Falls
- Food Trucks
- Kids Zone
- Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Join the celebration at the Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds at 7902 Fairmont Parkway. Gates will be open on Red Bluff and Fairmont Parkway.
The Celebration of Freedom will feature live music, rides, food trucks and giveaways. They'll end the day with a big fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Admission is free; however, a wristband is required to participate in most rides and attractions. Wristband tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance online or when you arrive at the event.
Age: All ages welcome
WHEN: July 4., 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
WHERE: Independence Park at 3449 Pearland Pkwy.
The annual Red, White and Boom celebration offers family fun and activities for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m.
- Trackless Train Rides
- Climbing Rock Walls
- Aerial Artists
- Balloon Artists
- Face Painting & Airbrush Art
- Stilt Walkers
- Photo Stations
- Carnival Games
- Sports Inflatables
Main entertainment stage
- Emcee DJ Cara
- Sugar Land Jr. Superstar Faith Parle
- JoiLux Dueling Pianos
- Hybrid 7 Band
- School of Rock
- The National Anthem, performed by Sugar Land Superstar Terrence Alexander-Evans
- DJ BabyFace Williams
The finale will be a spectacular fireworks and laser show at 9 p.m.
WHEN: July 4, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.)
Lagoonfest Texas is the place to be for an action-packed 4th in Texas City. Circus acts and tribute bans will be among the highlights at Fourth of July Freedom Fest. The performances will include Summer Thrill acrobats, aerialists and motorcycles inside a wire globe. The first show is scheduled at 11 a.m.
The Freedom Fest concerts begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. Group Mötley Krüe has traveled throughout Texas covering the hits of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, which has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. A tribute band for Poison and Led Zeppelin are also on the menu.
Tickets start at $22 and include the circus and concerts. (No fireworks)
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: at 13900 Crystal View Boulevard
The city of Tomball has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks show due to current drought conditions.
The Street Fest is still scheduled to start on Monday, July 4, at 6 p.m.
They're not waiting till the 4th to celebrate our freedom in The Woodlands!
The celebration kicks off Sunday at 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony's Star-Spangled Salute at The Pavilion. The concert is free and tickets aren't required. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for pre-concert activities.
Fourth of July Parade
Starting at 9 a.m. on July 4, spectators can enjoy the South County Fourth of July Parade. The 1.3-mile parade will make its way around The Woodlands passing through Market Street and by Town Green Park. The annual event features marching bands, fire engines, clowns, floats, and more.
Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks
This Red Hot & Blue Festival is so big, they need multiple locations!
On July 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., enjoy a variety of activities at locations throughout The Woodlands .All sites will feature live music beginning at 6 p.m. with bands playing until the Fireworks Extravaganza at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Festival activities at Town Green Park include strolling entertainment, concessions, and live music on two stages. Rock House (Variety) will be playing on the Freedom Stage and Red Sky Band (Southern Rock) will be playing on the Independence Stage.
Insider Tip: This festival location is larger in size and will provide the closest view to the fireworks show and may allow attendees to view portions of additional Red, Hot, & Blue fireworks displays.
Festival activities at Waterway Square include strolling entertainment, concessions, and live music from Time Warp (80s, 90s & Today's Hits) with the Fourth of July Parade Awards starting at 7 p.m.
Festival activities at Northshore Park include strolling entertainment, concessions, and live music from Johnny and the Spinsations (50s, to 80s Variety).
Insider Tip: This location will have the best view of the primary fireworks display which is launched from Lake Woodlands.
Festival activities at Rob Fleming Park include strolling entertainers, concessions, and live music from Common Ground (Variety).
Festival activities at Hughes Landing include live music from John Barraza Project (Variety).
Please note: For the comfort and safety of all attendees, oversized beach umbrellas and pop-up tents are not permitted at any location during the festival. Coolers, picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs are permitted. Glass is prohibited.
The 18-minute Fireworks Extravaganza will take place at approximately 9:30 p.m. The primary fireworks display will be located in Lake Woodlands adjacent to Northshore Park, with a secondary close-proximity (special effects) display at Town Green Park. The 2022 Fireworks Extravaganza will also feature a fireworks display in the Waterway Square District near Timberloch Place and Waterway Avenue and Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park.
WHEN: July 4, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Multiple locations.
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