Fireworks in Houston, TX
Freedom Over Texas is the largest Fourth of July event in the city of Houston. It's also the official celebration of the mayor's office. While the culmination is a spectacular fireworks show, this is actually an event that lasts all day. In addition to live music and other performances on stage, there's a kids zone, a family fitness challenge, a beer garden and much more. Freedom Over Texas takes place in the Theater District near Downtown Houston. We recommend arriving early to beat the crowds. As for parking, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts has a large parking lot that is within walking distance.
A Star-Spangled Salute is an Independence Day celebration put on by the Houston Symphony. It takes place at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, which is one of the highest rated outdoor theatres anywhere in the country. The night starts off with entertainment in the form of classical music and a theme-appropriate play. At its conclusion, there is a fireworks show that lights up the sky. While A Star-Spangled Salute can get crowded, the venue is so nice that you sure to still find a wonderful place to watch the show. Best of all is the price: Free! There is even plenty of free parking in the area.
One of the most family friendly fireworks shows in the Houston area takes place at the Pearland High School Football Stadium. Admission and parking are both free. In fact, there's even a free shuttle service from the adjacent parking lots. You are also allowed to bring your own food to this event, which is called Celebration of Freedom. The fireworks begin when the sun goes down but there's an all-day carnival that opens in the afternoon. The carnival is fun for kids and has plenty of rides and activities to keep their attention. If you don't bring your own food, be sure to try some of the food offered by the numerous vendors at the carnival.
The City of Friendswood's Fourth of July celebration is called The Sounds of Freedom. The event starts with a parade that goes from South Friendswood Drive to Stevenson Park. Once at Stevenson Park, there is a carnival that includes a plethora of entertaining games. For only $5, you get an unlimited pass to enjoy the dunk tank, water slide, obstacle course, trampoline, rock wall and much more. Beginning at 9:20 p.m. is the fireworks show. The great aspect about their fireworks show is that the fireworks are timed so that they seem to dance to the loud patriotic music that is playing at the same time. It's truly a sight to behold!
If you want to simply watch a Fourth of July fireworks display without any added festivities in the surrounding area, consider going to the Katy Freedom Celebration. This annual event is all about one thing: Fireworks. It takes place at the popular Katy Mills Mall. While you can go to the mall to get a close look, we recommend simply parking anywhere in the area to see the impressive fireworks show light up the sky. The fireworks at the Katy Freedom Celebration begin after it's dark -- at around 9 p.m. -- and last for the better part of an hour.