The Fourth of July may fall on a Thursday this year, but that won’t stop Houstonians from celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks, parades and celebrations all around the city. Break out your red, white and blue, and get together with friends and family at one of these patriotic events happening this July 4th.

CITGO Freedom Over Texas
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Thursday, July 4, 4 - 10 p.m.
$8 online/$10 door 

Perhaps the biggest celebration happening in the city, Freedom Over Texas is fun for the whole family. This year, the event has partnered with NASA’s Johnson Space Center to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with astronaut meet-and-greets, robotic demos, virtual reality experiences and much more. Country stars Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler will provide the musical entertainment all culminating in a breathtaking fireworks finale. 

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: Star-Spangled Salute
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Thursday, July 4. 8:30 pm

Bring a blanket and come listen to some of the most iconic American songs with the Houston Symphony. This annual event is a relaxing night for the whole family that will be capped off with a firework display at 10 p.m.

City of Bellaire Fourth of July Parade and Festival
Bellaire Town Square
Thursday, July 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Bring friends and family to enjoy a day of carnival rides and games, petting zoo and much more. Beginning with a parade at 9:30 a.m., a community festival will follow that is a perfect way to spend a day with the little ones. 

4th of July Weekend at CityCentre
Thursday, July 4 from 7 - 11 p.m.

CityCentre is hosting a night of live music from People’s Choice Band and a firework display that cannot be missed. 

180th City of Galveston Celebration Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
37th Street and Seawall Blvd., Galveston TX 77550
Thursday, July 4, 7 p.m.

Galveston Island is celebrating Independence Day with its annual dazzling parade of floats and performers. After, enjoy a fabulous firework display over the Gulf of Mexico.