How will you celebrate our country’s 243rd birthday on July 4? Houston has an Independence Day celebration for everyone:

Freedom Over Texas

  • Where: Eleanor Tinsley Park and Sam Houston Park, Downtown
  • What It Is: The city's biggest summer party ... let's hope it doesn't storm.
  • Who Will Be There: 50,000 other people, plus country stars Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler
  • Fireworks? Well, duh.
  • Quintessential America: Owen singing "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"

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An American Tradition

  • Where: George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond
  • What It Is: Chapter 3 of your sixth-grade U.S. history textbook
  • Who Will Be There: A history teacher in costume as a Redcoat. Get him!
  • Fireworks? No, but there is a cobbler-eating contest.
  • Quintessential America: A reading of the Declaration of Independence. Take that, King George.

Summer Symphony Nights: Star-Spangled Salute

  • Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park, Museum District
  • What It Is: The Houston Symphony's John Philip Sousa-chella
  • Who Will Be There: Granddad. Yours, mine, everyone's.
  • Fireworks? Yes, and Granddad will love them. 
  • Quintessential America: A sweet transition from "Stars and Stripes Forever" into "Main Title" from Red Dawn (hopefully)

Kidpendence Day

  • Where: Children's Museum of Houston, Museum District
  • What It Is: The United States of the Marvel Comic Universe
  • Who Will Be There: Captain America, Wonder Woman, and children. Many children.
  • Fireworks? No, unless you count temper tantrums.
  • Quintessential America: Instagram photos of kids in Iron Man masks waving tiny American flags.