Where to See Fourth of July Fireworks Around Houston With Kids

Stars and stripes, street festivals, live music and fanfare all make the Fourth of July spectacular, but no celebration is complete without an impressive display of fireworks. Luckily, when it comes to celebrating our nation's independence, there's one thing that's certain: the Bayou City knows how to light up the sky and throw down (...in a family-friendly way, of course). 

Inner Loop

Enjoying live music and fireworks at Miller Outdoor Theatre/Photo courtesy of Leroy Gibbins

Star Spangled Salute
When: July 4
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre
Cost: Free; For covered seating, free tickets must be picked up at the box office from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the day of the performance.
What to expect: Spend the night under the stars enjoying patriotic music from the Houston Symphony featuring Broadway's Ryan Silverman (Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera), then conclude the night with a stunning fireworks' display to wrap up the evening's patriotic fanfare. 

Freedom over Texas 
When: July 4
Where: Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks
Cost: $8 per person through July 3rd when purchased online; $10 at the door 
What to expect: Freedom Over Texas is one of the biggest 4th of July events for Houstonians. This year's festivities include live performances by Cupid & the Dance Party Express, The Mavericks, and country superstar headliner Chris Young, plus plenty of family-friendly activities and an unparalleled fireworks' show as the grand finale that is not to be missed. 

North & East Houston 

Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza
When: July 4
Where: Multiple locations around The Woodlands
Cost: Free
What to expect: The Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza promises a full evening of fun for the 4th of July, with live music and entertainment, good food, and plenty of family-friendly activities at various parks throughout The Woodlands. To cap off the evening, head to Town Green Park, Hughes Landing, Waterway Square, Rob Fleming Park or Northshore Park for plenty of fireworks and fun. 

A spectacular display of fireworks over the water/Photo courtesy of Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce

July 4th Festival and Fireworks
When: July 4
Where: Town Center Park
Cost: Free
What to expect: Listen to live music, peruse craft and food booths, let the kids run around the Kids Zone and enjoy an evening filled with fireworks to commemorate this year's Independence Day. The event is hosted by Mark Linabury, with a live performance from the band That 70's Thing during the evening prior to the fireworks show. 

Northwest Houston

July 4th Celebration & Street Festival
When: July 4
Where: Four Corners
Cost: Free
What to expect: Tomball may be a small town, but it's also home to the 2nd largest 4th of July celebration in the city! Come out and enjoy live music by Mambo Jazz Kings, a giant Kids Zone, a dazzling fireworks display and much more.

Southeast Houston

Taking in the fireworks from the beach/Photo courtesy of Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau

178th City of Galveston Celebration Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
When: July 4
Where: 37th St. & Sewall Blvd.
Cost: Free
What to expect: The evening begins with a dazzling parade full of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers that start at 59th Street and proceed down The Seawall to 25th Street. At the conclusion of the parade, a stunning fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico wraps up the night. 

Pasadena's Annual 4th Fest
When: July 4
Where: Pasadena Convention Center
Cost: Free
What to expect: Live music, games, a car show, a kidzone, a Toys for Tots BBQ Cook-off and - of course - an impressive firework celebration with music broadcast by live local musicians insures that there's something for everyone at Pasadena's Annual 4th Fest. 

Deer Park 4th Fest
When: July 4
Where: Jimmy Burke Activity Center
Cost: Free
What to expect: Bring the entire family for an evening of fun, food, and fireworks in Deer Park. Live music and plenty of activities will keep all ages entertained throughout the evening. Be sure to bring shovels and pails to participate in an epic sand castle building contest!

Celebration of Freedom
When: July 4
Where: Pearland High School Football Stadium
Cost: Free
What to expect: Kick off the evening with a military salute, then enjoy strolling entertainment, craft and novelty vendors, and glow trinkets for the kids. To end the night, Westside Veterinary Hospital is providing a spectacular fireworks show that can be seen from inside the stadium. 

Fireworks lighting up the sky over Kemah Boardwalk/Photo courtesy of Landry's, Inc.

Fourth of July Celebration
When: July 4
Where: Kemah Boardwalk
Cost: Free
What to expect: The Kemah Boardwalk celebrates all summer long with Friday night fireworks, but the mega-show event on July 4th is one not to be missed. Come enjoy a patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay and live music on the Boardwalk on the 4th. 

2017 July 4th Celebration
When: July 4
Where: Centennial Park
Cost: Free, however wristbands can be purchased for unlimited access to all rides at the event
What to expect: Come out to Centennial Park in the morning for a 4th of July parade, rides, games, food and entertainment, take a short break mid-day, then head back in the evening for more rides and entertainment, live music from the band Chinatown and a fireworks finale to close out the night. 

Nassau Bay July 4th Celebration
When: July 4
Where: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Cost: Free
What to expect: Get ready to get wet, because a water war is the opening event of this 4th of July celebration! Other activities include a patriotic parade and a pie contest, with fireworks wrapping up the night. 

Southwest Houston

Fireworks explode over the field at the Star Spangled Spectacular/Photo courtesy of Star Spangled Spectacular

Star Spangled Spectacular
When: July 4
Where: Constellation Field
Cost: Free for Sugar Land residents (up to four free tickets per household, $7 thereafter); non-residents are $8 for kids 12 and under, $10 for adults
What to expect: Bring a blanket, find a spot on the field and sit back, relax and enjoy an evening of entertainment that includes live music, activity booths and a fireworks finale that starts once the sun sets. 

Missouri City 4th of July Celebration
When: July 4
Where: Buffalo Run Park
Cost: Free
What to expect: Spend the evening taking advantage of free family activities, then head over to Thurgood Marshall High School to wrap up the night with fireworks. Food and beverages can be purchased at the event and free Metro shuttles are available to take to the high school. 

West Houston

LaCenterra's 4th of July Celebration
When: July 4
Where: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
Cost: Free
What to expect: Enjoy live music by Velvet Touch, Buck Yeager Band, and Level One Band in the courtyard, an interactive Kids Zone, food and fireworks, all presented by Texas Children's Hospital West Campus. 

Hanging out on the green space in CITYCENTRE for the 4th of July/Photo courtesy of CITYCENTRE

4th of July at CITYCENTRE
When: July 1-4
Cost: Free; Parking is $10. 
What to expect: Four evenings of live music kick off this year's 4th of July celebrations at CITYCENTRE, with the big bash on July 4 featuring Texas Unlimited Band and a 15-minute fireworks spectacular mid-concert. Carpooling is encouraged and no outside food or drinks are permitted. 

Katy Freedom Celebration
When: July 1
Where: Katy Mills Mall
Cost: Free
What to expect: The Freedom Celebration is an all-day event, with activities for the whole family happening in the morning at the City of Katy complex. After a short break mid-day, the festivities pick back up and continue in the evening over at Katy Mills Mall with fireworks and music. 

Fulshear Freedom Fest
When: July 2
Where: Downtown Fulshear
Cost: Free
What to expect: Come out to Fulshear's Freedom Fest for an unparalleled evening of 4th of July fun. Food trucks, games, a children's area, a Patriotic Parade, lots of vendors, fireworks and live music by Le Freak disco band ensure a night the whole family will enjoy. 

Top image courtesy of Mike Baxter/City of Tomball

This post originally published in June 2017.

Eleanor Tinsley Park
18-3600 Allen Pkwy
77019 Houston , TX
Phone: 832-394-8805
29° 45' 44.9748" N, 95° 23' 44.8152" W
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
77030 Houston , TX
Phone: 832-487-7102
29° 43' 9.0516" N, 95° 23' 19.2048" W
800 Town and Country Blvd.
77024 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-629-5200
29° 46' 51.7188" N, 95° 33' 34.83" W
Pasadena Convention Center
7902 Fairmont Parkway
77505 Pasadena , TX
Phone: 281-487-4331
29° 39' 1.6884" N, 95° 7' 37.6716" W
Katy Mills Mall
5000 Katy Mills Cir
77494 Katy , TX
Phone: 281-644-5015
29° 46' 32.9916" N, 95° 48' 33.6096" W
Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave
77565 Kemah , TX
Phone: 877-285-3624
29° 32' 50.172" N, 95° 1' 12.126" W
Buffalo Run Park
1122 Buffalo Run Blvd.
77489 Missouri City , TX
Phone: 281-403-8637
29° 36' 50.7672" N, 95° 30' 41.1912" W
Pearland High School Football Stadium
3775 S. Main
77581 Pearland , TX
Phone: 281.652.1600
29° 32' 20.5188" N, 95° 16' 14.4516" W
Centennial Park
2200 Friendswood Dr.
77546 Friendswood , TX
Phone: 281-996-3220
29° 29' 45.9276" N, 95° 10' 59.7036" W
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard
77494 Katy , TX
Phone: 281-395-5533
29° 44' 34.2312" N, 95° 46' 34.4028" W
Town Center Park
8 N Main St.
77339 Kingwood , TX
Phone: 281-360-5111
30° 2' 51" N, 95° 11' 6.198" W
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
18220 Upper Bay Rd.
77058 Houston , TX
Phone: 281-333-4535
29° 32' 51.9108" N, 95° 5' 22.0416" W
Sugar Land Festival Site
18355 Southwest Freeway
77479 Sugar Land , TX
Phone: 281-275-2700
29° 35' 21.642" N, 95° 38' 11.5872" W
Four Corners
Business Highway 249 north of FM 2920
77375 Tomball , TX
Phone: 281-222-4775
San Jacinto River Authority
1577 Dam Site Rd
77304 Conroe , TX
Phone: 936-588-3111
30° 21' 17.4564" N, 95° 34' 6.8772" W
Jimmy Burke Activity Center
500 West 13th Street
77536 Deer Park , TX
Phone: 281-478-2049
29° 41' 56.022" N, 95° 7' 40.1376" W