If you want to spend the July 4th evening watching one of the many fireworks spectacles in town, but don’t want to have to worry about mosquitoes, summer evening heat, or finding parking near one of the parks, watching the fireworks displays from the comfort of a nearby restaurant may be the answer for you. There are numerous ways for you to take in the fireworks without having to get caught up in the crowds and stake out a place in a park. These restaurants are close to the shows and offer delicious fare while you wait for the celebrations to begin.
Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 223-3474

This restaurant experience will be outstanding even before any fireworks begin. The Aquarium dining features tables nestled among the exhibits, and fish of all sizes and kinds are on display while you enjoy your meal. The menu has something for everyone – seafood, of course, but also steaks, chicken, vegetarian dishes and much more. After you eat, head outside and enjoy the patio with its games and activities for the whole family. The city of Houston fireworks display will be visible across the bayou – you could get an even better view if you ride the ferris wheel during the show.

Monarch At Hotel ZaZa
5701 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 526-1991

Across the street from Hermann Park, the Hotel ZaZa is one of the finest boutique hotels in the city. Its restaurant, Monarch, is run by Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Wicks and Sous Chef Mark Whitaker, who use locally sourced, fresh ingredients to create delectable dishes for their patrons. The patio has a view of Hermann Park and the fireworks show over Miller Outdoor Theater. If you’re lucky, you may be able to hear some of the Houston Symphony’s performance along with the fireworks – though you won’t be able to miss the cannons accompanying the 1812 overture.

Cadillac Bar
1802 Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-2020

Have some fiery tacos or enchiladas with your fireworks. The Cadillac Bar features traditional Tex-Mex favorites on the Kemah Boardwalk. The waterfront views will give you a front row seat to the fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico later in the evening. Sip a margarita or one of their 70 boutique tequilas during the show itself for a great end to your evening.

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Lighthouse Buffet
#3 Kemah Boardwalk
Kemah, TX 77565
(281) 334-3360

This buffet restaurant decorated with nautical themes and to look like a lighthouse will be a delight to families wanting to see the fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico. The family-friendly atmosphere and waterfront views are perfect for an Independence Day celebration. The buffet means everyone can get a taste of what they’d like most, and the wide variety means everyone will find something delicious to eat before the fireworks begin at 9:30. Don’t forget to save room for the frozen yogurt and dessert bar.

The Houston Club
910 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 225-3257

If you’re able to splurge on yourself, the dining on the 49th floor of the One Shell Plaza building could create a spectacular July 4 evening. This members-only facility features stunning views of the city and delicious meals. You’ll need to plan ahead if this is something you’re interested in because their 4th of July Picnic In The Sky requires reservations. There will be a delicious buffet, children’s activities and more as you wait for the fireworks display over the bayou.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.