By Crystal Hessong

This July Fourth, you’ll find multiple events to mark Independence Day. While it’s impossible to attend all the events, these are some of the best Independence Day events around Houston that you cannot miss. These range from paid festivals with famous entertainers to smaller hometown celebrations for the entire family. Whether your idea of the perfect Fourth of July is a parade or a music festival, you will find just the right event for your tastes.

Freedom Over Texas
Elanor Tinsley Park
901 Babgy St.
Houston, Texas 77019

Date: July 4, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you’ve lived in Houston for any amount of time, you’ve heard about the annual Freedom Over Texas event at Elanor Tinsley Park near downtown. This is Houston’s ultimate Independence Day party, and this year, the United States Air Force Band of the West will make its premier showing at the festival with a patriotic opening. Later, entertainment will be highlighted by CMA-winner Hunter Hayes and MTV Music Video award winner DNCE. Capping off the evening will be a fireworks spectacular. Tickets are currently on sale online for $8 per person, or you may purchase them at the door for $10 per person.

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Summer Symphony Nights: Star Spangled Salute
Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
(281) 373-3386

Date: July 4, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.

How about free live symphony music under the stars as you wait for the fireworks spectacular culminating the musical evening? Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park is a well-known treasure of the city that not many take advantage of. Events at Miller are always free, but if you want to sit in the covered seating area, you’ll need to pick up your tickets earlier in the day before the show. If you miss out on tickets, bring lawn chairs or a blanket and sit out on the hill. This Fourth of July, you’ll get to hear the Houston Symphony strike up some patriotic tunes that will please young and old alike. The night ends at 10 p.m. with a fireworks show just for those at Miller Outdoor Theater. This is one of the best ways to hear live music, see fireworks, and pay nothing for the exciting experience. For many, it’s been an annual Fourth of July tradition.

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South County Fourth of July Parade
The Woodlands United Methodist Church
2200 Lake Woodlands Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
(281) 210-3975

Date: July 4, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Many like to commemorate holidays with parades, and the Woodlands has a Fourth of July parade for you and your family. The benefit of this free parade is that it’s early enough in the day to allow you to still enjoy festivities elsewhere later. The sponsors of this parade even have your family covered if anyone is a senior citizen or physically challenged because designated seating under a tent will be set aside for these groups at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for parade viewing. If you’re going to the parade, arrive early to get a good viewing spot along the 1.3 mile route, and check the parade map for road closures to avoid.

Celebration of Freedom
Pearland High School Football Stadium
3775 South Main St.
Pearland, Texas 77581

Date: July 4, 2017 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Pearland’s Celebration of Freedom is one of the most family friendly, free Fourth of July events around town. The fireworks display will be at sundown rather than at 10 p.m., so those with younger children can still allow them to see the fireworks while getting the kids home in time for bed. Admission to the seating in the stadium is free, which allows you to see the entertainment stage and fireworks, but food, souvenirs, and other activities will cost extra, though outside food and drinks are permitted.

July 4th Festival and Fireworks
Kingwood Town Center Park
8 North Main St.
Kingwood, Texas 77339
(281) 883-4279

Date: July 4, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If you live on the northeast side of town, head up highway 59 to Kingwood for the community’s July 4th festival and fireworks display. The festival kicks off at 2 p.m. with bungee jumping, bouncing castles for the kids, food booths, crafts, and live music. If you want to hear music, there will be entertainment from 3 p.m. until the fireworks at 9 p.m. Classic rock band Thunder will take the stage at 6 p.m. for those who want to hear old favorites. This is a smaller event held at Kingwood Town Center Park, and the area streets will be closed to traffic to allow for pedestrian travel from parking areas to the event. It’s family friendly fun with something for people of all ages, and best of all, it’s free to attend.