Living in the in-between of post-pandemic reawakening and “there’s still a virus here” gets a bit confusing sometimes. Especially when you throw a big event, like the city’s annual 4th of July celebration, into the mix. That’s why the city of Houston is once again taking precautions to strike a balance between virtual and in-person for this year’s Shell Freedom Over Texas celebration.
Unfortunately, the traditional day-long festival has been swapped out for another virtual event (a bummer, but we get it), but you will be able to watch the spectacle, including a special moment honoring frontline workers, on ABC13 that evening. And those fan-favorite fireworks? Their height’s been increased to 800 feet—almost double that in the traditional show—so folks can enjoy them in person from various open spaces facing the downtown skyline. As an FYI: Tinsley Park will be open for families to use, but Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive will be closed.
And if you’re wondering which croonster is ringing in America’s birthday, this year’s honor goes to country superstar Lee Brice, with additional performances from Jimmie Allen, the Academy of Country Music Awards’ 2021 New Male Artist of the Year; American Idol contestant Alanis Sophia; local favorite Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers, who combine the sounds of Louisiana with emerging R&B; and, finally, the Houston Symphony and Houston Methodist Singers.
July 4, 7–10 p.m. ABC 13 (fireworks can be seen in person). More information at houstontx.gov.