This year, avoid a trip to that massive firework emporium and let the professional pyrotechnicians take care of your evening. Head to your local park (or brewery) for an evening of fun, games, food, music, and, obviously, fireworks. Now, cue the Katy Perry song.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
One of Houston’s most scenic breweries is keeping its Sawyer Yards rooftop reserved for a special patio Independence Day party. Get a breathtaking view of the city's skyline firework show all while slurping a Crush City IPA. Be sure to reserve tickets now as there is a limited amount of seating.
6 p.m. July 4, $20. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., 2101 Summer St. Learn more at buffbrew.com.
Looking for a place where your entire family will have fun? Let your kids play while you enjoy an evening of live country and pop music from local cover band Hybrid 7. Grab a bite to eat before you kick back to watch the 15-minute fireworks show.
7–11 p.m. July 4. Free, $10 parking. CityCentre, 800 Town & Country Blvd. More at citycentrehouston.com.
Crown Festival Park
Don’t miss Sugar Land’s Red, White, and Boom celebration. Gates for the fireworks show, live music, food, and more open at 6 p.m., and shuttles will run until midnight to and from University of Houston-Sugar Land. Fireworks, which will also be livestreamed on Facebook, start at 9 p.m.
7–10 p.m. July 4. Free. Crown Festival Park,18355 Southwest Freeway. Learn more here.
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Shell Freedom Over Texas returns with performances from country artists like Lee Brice and more, a salute to America’s frontline heroes and, of course, fireworks. The height of the fireworks has been increased to 800 feet, almost double the height of the traditional show. While most of this year's celebration is virtual, the fireworks show is available to watch in person from various open spaces facing the downtown skyline, like Eleanor Tinsley Park.
7–10 p.m. July 4. Free. Eleanor Tinsley Park, available virtually on ABC 13. Learn more at houstontx.gov.
What’s more American than a roller coaster? Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long with Kemah’s patriot pass, which gets you unlimited admission at the Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and Downtown Aquarium – Houston July 2–4. Then end your weekend with live music on the boardwalk and fireworks over Galveston Bay.
July 2–4, 9:30 p.m. July 4 fireworks. $49.99 patriot pass, fireworks are free. Various locations; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave. Learn more here.
Head out to Katy for the annual La Centerra annual firework show, sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital - West. There is a lot to do before the show—mill around the shopping center or eat dinner at one of La Centerra’s 24 restaurants, like The Cheese Bar and Dish Society. There will be live music from Velvet Punch Band and Darwin Macon Band, and even your little ones can enjoy the interactive kids’ zone. Just don’t forget your lawn chairs to enjoy the fireworks show.
5–9:30 p.m. July 4. Free. La Centerra, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Learn more at lacenterra.com.
Get the party started a day early. On July 3, Generation Park is throwing an America birthday bash: Liberty on the Lawn. The party begins at 5 p.m. with kids’ games; face painting; live music from artists like Bri Bagwell and Jenna Lynn; and food from Redemption Square restaurants, like Bibo’s Bistro, Lupo Pizzeria, and Bocca Italian Kitchen.
5–9 p.m. July 3. Free, $5 per carnival game. 250 Assay St. Learn more at facebook.com.
Towne Lake Boardwalk
Everyone wants to spend July 4 at the lake, so drive out to Towne Lake Boardwalk in Cypress. Stop for dinner at any of the hot spot’s restaurants, like Union Kitchen or Torchy’s Tacos, and jam out to live music by local artists in the green while you wait to watch the fireworks overlooking the neighborhood's man-made beachfront.
9–10 p.m. July 4. Free. Towne Lake, 10855 Towne Lake Pkwy. Learn more at townelaketexas.com.