The Course of Human Events

Jell-O Shots, Fried Chicken, and Snow Cones: Food Specials and Parties For the Fourth

Having second thoughts about grilling for Independence Day? Let these bars and restaurants help out.

By Timothy Malcolm July 3, 2018

Pictured: Not George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson.

It may not feel like it, but tomorrow is—for some of us, at least—a day off. Yes, our nation’s birthday is tomorrow (happy 242nd, America!), which means an additional day that could be interpreted as weekend party time, but let’s be honest, any holiday on a Wednesday is more likely to keep you inside with Netflix as you debate whether to hustle to H-E-B for a box of burgers and a package of buns you know damn well will be growing mold because you’re not J. Wellington Wimpy.

But, hey, you can still celebrate the Fourth in grand fashion while being in bed by 10 because you have work on Thursday. For one, I hear fireworks are a fine complement to the observance, but also, some of your favorite Houston bars and restaurants will be open and commemorating the holiday with super-Americanized delights and events.

Here are some choice selections, in case you’d rather not attempt to make sauerkraut on the fly:

Land of the Shots

When the founders of our country assembled at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776, I imagine they dreamed of a future where young Americans could suck red-white-and-blue Jell-O shots out of a strawberry boat. Cottonmouth Club, the downtown bar from Reserve 101 co-founders Mike Raymond and Michael Neff, plus designer Greg Swanson, is serving themed Independence Day drinks like the Whig-Party-approved Boom Boom Boom (bourbon, grenadine, sherry, egg white, lemon), and that gelatinous but tastefully patriotic concoction. They’re also offering $3 cold fried chicken and coleslaw.

Last-Minute Picnic

Have several of your closest friends decided at the last minute that y'all should have a picnic (outdoors or in)? Antone’s Famous Po'Boys is offering a catering option that includes a small sandwich tray, three sides (options include potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, fruit salad, hummus, tabouli). You don’t have much time left (the deadline is 3 p.m. today), but call now, and you can be munching on a turkey-Swiss, tuna, or the famous Piggy sandwich (ham, salami, provolone, pepperjack, mayo, pickapeppa sauce, pickles). Don’t ask them for picnic blankets, however.

Free Watermelon!

Do you want watermelon but without the frustration of knowing there’s a giant watermelon still in your fridge? Heights hangout Eight Row Flint is giving away slices of the sweet stuff on the Fourth. You should also buy a cocktail there, too, or get a couple of those patriotic Jell-O shots ($2 each).

You Can Still Have Brunch

Dish Society cares not for the midweek annoyance; instead, it’s serving brunch until 3 p.m. on the Fourth at all three of its locations. The Memorial and San Felipe locations will close after brunch, but Dish Society will keep the party going as part of the La Centerra July 4th Celebration at Cinco Ranch.

A Big Fourth Bonanza

The bright, Tango in the Day delight of Emmaline is known for its creamy oysters, but on Wednesday it’s throwing a big ol’ family bash complete with snow cones (for kids and adults), live music, and a complimentary shuttle to Freedom Over Texas. The music starts at 4 p.m. while the shuttles operate from 7-11 p.m.

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