July 4th 2010 in Houston

Being such a patriotic (see our motto: ?Don't Mess with Texas?) and burger-loving people, we see celebrating July 4th in Houston as a natural extension of our current behavior. Most likely you'll already be out grilling on Independence Day, but we've rounded up some other great ways to get in some family time, watch the fireworks and let freedom ring. (Photo credit: Mandy Graessle)

Updated: June 07, 2010

July 4th in Houston: Events

Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77002

Houston's official July 4th celebration hosted by Mayor Annise Parker is an all day festival capped off with a performance by Pat Green. Admission is free if you bring a canned good or $8 otherwise but keep in mind that the party draws a huge crowd--arrive early for a good view of the fireworks.

Miller Outdoor Theater

100 Concert Dr, Houston, TX 77030

In keeping with tradition, the Houston Symphony will have their annual performance of the 1812 Overture--complete with booming cannons?and The Texas Tenors will join in singing patriotic tunes. Admission is free but tickets must be obtained at the box office the day of the event for covered seating.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

It being the first Sunday of the month, the MFAH will not only be open on July 4th but admission is free thanks to Target Free First Sundays. Crafts and performances will occur between 1pm-5pm and a screening of the film ?1776? starts at 2:30pm.

Bayou Bend Gardens

1 Westcott Street, Houston, TX 77007

Everyone at the museum home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg gets super excited for historical holidays. Performers dress up in period garb to walk you through the collection of American decorative arts and the beautiful surrounding gardens.

Discovery Green Park

1500 McKinney Dr, Houston, TX 77002

Yes, it's true. There is a competition in which dogs leap high into the air off a dock and into the water. It's called Dock Dogs and you can observe this canine sport for yourself on July 4.

Hotel Sorella Citycentre

800 W Sam Houston Pkwy N Bldg 9, Houston, TX 77024

Houstonians on the westside are invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to CityCentre's main lawn for a concert from 80s cover band Video Vamp at 6:30pm and a fireworks display at 9:30pm.

Khon's Wine Darts Coffee Art

2808 Milam, Suite H, Houston, TX 77006

Being on the roof makes everything cooler and the one at Khon's affords a beautiful view of the downtown skyline as well as the fireworks. Papa Khon will be grilling from 3pm-6pm and kids are welcome.

Pico's Mex-Mex Restaurant

5941 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77081

Fiesta at Pico's with an all-you-can-eat buffet of carnes asadas, hot dogs, chilaquiles, palapa plus $5 bottomless mimosas and $3 micheladas. Available 11:30am-6 pm all of July 4th and kiddos are encouraged to attend.

Branch Water Tavern

510 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Since mosquitos don't believe in taking holidays, Branch Water is a boozy, indoor alternative to the outdoor scene. From 1pm-10pm, a drink purchase at the bar means free roast pig and housemade biscuits. Or order a kobe burger and Bombshell Blonde for $10


2310 Decatur St, Houston, TX 77007

The porch at Beaver's has a prime view of the downtown fireworks display so you don't have to miss out on anything. Live DJs and food and drink specials from 5pm-11pm.