July 4th always meant three things to me as a kid: heat, ice cream, and fireworks. Greater Houston throws down some grand celebrations with plenty of all three each Independence Day. Below are a few of the bigger parties that you and yours can shimmy on down to:

 

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

The best way to cool down on a summer day in the Houston heat is at the waterpark. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is throwing one heck of a shindig complete with music, games, prizes, and – of course – fireworks. Grab your season pass or a daily ticket and splash on into the fun!

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre

If classical music is more your speed, you haven’t experienced fireworks until you’ve seen them accompanied by your patriotic favorites played by our very own Houston Symphony. At the ‘Houston Symphony’s Star Spangled Salute to America’ you’ll enjoy outdoor seating (either covered or on the lawn) for the free performance. The show goes on rain or shine, so make sure you’re comfortably seated by the 8:30 pm start.

 

Hilton Houston Plaza/Med Center

Ever wanted to see all of Houston’s fireworks simultaneously while lounging on a rooftop in the middle of town with a cold drink in your hand? Each 4th of July the Hilton Houston Plaza/Med Center holds their ‘4th of July on The Rooftop’ from 6 – 11 pm complete with cocktails, holiday menus, DJs, and live music. Tickets are $20-200 and are going fast.

 

The Woodlands

If you can’t make it down to the Miller Outdoor Theatre on the 4th, never fear, the ‘Houston Symphony’s Star Spangled Salute’ is also showing at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion beginning at 8 p.m. on July 3rd. This is also a free event, so make sure to show up early as gates open at 6:30 pm.

On July 4th, ‘Fourth of July in The Woodlands’ is an all-day affair for the entire family and, best of all, most of it is completely free!  Head on up to The Woodlands for the ‘Fourth of July Parade’ complete with marching bands, fire engines, floats, and more; hang around for ‘Splash Day’ and swim on up to any of the township’s pool’s for a mid-day treat; then finish up that night at the ‘Red, Hot, and Blue Festival’ with food, entertainment, and children’s activities at various locations around town all culminating with a massive fireworks display that night.

 

Katy

Grab the family, blankets, and lawn chairs because you’re headed to the ‘July 4th Celebration presented by Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus!’ This free event will have music, an interactive kid zone, and food and drink for purchase from local restaurants from 5 – 9:30 pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 pm.

 

Eleanor Tinsley Park

‘CITGO Freedom Over Texas’ in Downtown Houston lights up from 4 – 10 pm on the 4th with a massive celebration. The event includes food vendors and musical entertainers that you won’t want to miss, including headline musical acts Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler. Make sure to stay for the stunning fireworks display kicking off around 9 p.m.

Why not pick a new part of Houston to explore for the 4th and grab a Hilton hotel room for a great vacay or staycay?! For additional articles, offers, and ideas to inspire some Houston dreamin’, head on over to travel.hilton.com/houston.

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