The Ultimate Houston Fourth of July Guide
It’s Houston Fourth of July weekend and we’ve a great guide for how to spend your holiday weekend. Whether you’re staying in or going out, let us help you plan. From fireworks to party decor, let’s get into the Fourth of July spirit.
Where to see Fireworks:
Houston puts on some great firework shows, and if you live in a tall apartment complex you may be lucky to see multiple shows at one time. But if you’re a regular home dweller, we know just where you can go and park your car to get the best firework views. But first, let’s talk about where the fireworks can be found. CITYCENTRE will have live bands play from Saturday to Tuesday night and at the end there will be a fifteen minute firework show. This is a great option for an up close and personal view. Miller Outdoor Theatre is presenting A Star-Spangled Salute starting at 8:30PM and ending with a booming fireworks show. Another great place to plunk down a picnic blanket on the lawn and have a great view is the Kemah Boardwalk show at 9:30PM- relax and watch the fireworks light up Galveston Bay for a beautiful performance. The big finale will be over at Buffalo Bayou Park with their Freedom Over Texas show. This is a ticketed event, but there will be performances by Hunter Hayes and DNCE with a huge fireworks finale. This is not one to miss if you’re looking for an impressive feat of pyrotechnics.
If you want to see fireworks from afar, here are some ideas. High parking garages near downtown will have great views of the firework shows, especially the Buffalo Bayou’s Freedom Over Texas show. If you want to get some bang for your buck, visit the downtown aquarium next door to us at Bayou Place, and ride the ferris wheel for the most spectacular fireworks experience. Another great place to go is the Waugh bridge over Allen Parkway. This is far enough away from the crowds at Freedom Over Texas, but close enough to get the amazing view.
Great ideas for your 4th of July BBQ:
Staying in with family and friends for the Fourth of July? We’ve got some ideas to make your party red, white, and blue. We know what we’re talking about as we run a full-service event venue in downtown Houston. Since it’s the Fourth of July, be as patriotic as possible! We love this charcuterie and cheese board designed like the American flag, and you can’t go wrong with red, white, and blue fruit skewers. Streamers are an inexpensive, but gorgeous addition to a Fourth of July event that you can get from any party store. Add in some cost-efficient outdoor lights from Target and you’ve got a beautiful setting for friends and family to enjoy.
Where to eat:
Fourth of July weekend is one of the best holiday weekends to spend with those you love, whether you’re watching fireworks, getting active outside, or sharing great meals. We rounded up some festive options for when you would like to head out and grab a bite and drink. Liberty Kitchen in Garden Oaks is hosting a Life, Liberty, and Happiness Cookout on Saturday from 2-6PM, and would be a perfect way to spend your afternoon. Multiple breweries around Houston are having Fourth of July celebrations all weekend long. Check out Karbach for daily deals and live music. Under the Radar Brewing Co. will have special pricing for veterans and active military along with lawn games and a limited edition red, white, and blue beer flight. FM Kitchen is new in town, but they’re ready to celebrate. They will be having their FM Over Texas event featuring live music, lawn games, and tons of food and drink specials.
Other things you can’t miss:
Houston doesn’t skimp on festivities, so we won’t either. Check out other goings-on in Houston for the holiday. The City of Bellaire is having its annual Fourth of July Parade and Festival starting with the parade at 9:30AM. There will be games, a petting zoo, rides, and more. Bayou Bend is having a celebration featuring activities, crafts, refreshments and more from noon to 5PM on the Fourth. The Square at Memorial City will be having a giant Fourth of July Snow & Ice Celebration from 5-8PM if you want to stay cool by playing in some snow! There will be a live band, ice sculpting, face painting, and more activities for you and your family or friends to choose from.
Now that we’ve fully prepared you for your Fourth of July weekend in Houston, we hope you’ll have an amazing and safe holiday with the ones you love.