Happy 243rd Birthday, America!

How Will You Celebrate Fourth of July This Year?

Houston has an Independence Day celebration for everyone.

By Timothy Malcolm June 25, 2019 Published in the July 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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.
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