Area celebrations and fireworks displays


SUGAR LAND, Texas - The sky will sparkle as the City of Sugar Land hosts the largest fireworks show in Fort Bend County during the 23rd annual Red, White and Bluefest on Friday, July 4, from 5-10 p.m., at Oyster Creek Park, 4033 State Highway 6 South.

Come out and join the fun with live entertainment as one of Houston's hottest party bands, "Password," rocks the stage with their energy-infused sounds. The lively and always entertaining group, El Vibes, will also be on stage doing an Elvis impersonation set, as well as the Motown Girls.

This year, there will be an additional children's stage with live entertainment including a snake show, magic show, cultural dances and performances and much more. Join the fun with bounce houses, walk-around patriotic clowns, stilt-walkers and a variety of food from local vendors.

The grand finale of the event, the twenty-minute fireworks display, will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Avoid the traffic jam by utilizing a shuttle service from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., to Oyster Creek Park from 4:30-11 p.m. If conditions permit, parking will also be available on the easement at Oyster Creek Park, 4033 State Highway 6 South.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (281) 275-2885 or visit us on the Web at

* Please note two events held in the past will not be offered this year: 1) the Patriotic Pet Contest and 2) the Faces of America Parade.

KEMAH, Texas - Free fireworks at the Kemah Boardwalk at 9:30pm
4th of July Fireworks over Galveston Bay at 9:30 pm

Annual Kemah Fourth of July
Parade starts at 9:45 am

Mayor Greg Collins and the Kemah City Council invite you to Breeze into Kemah for family fun and join us July 4th for the Annual Kemah Parade.

The Children's Bicycle Parade starts at 9:45 a.m. at the Schoolhouse Museum Parking Lot on Bradford Avenue at 6th Street. Children of all ages are welcome to decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers, (children are not permitted on motorized vehicles) and parade down Bradford to 6th Street to Kipp, Kipp to 8th, 8th to Bradford and back to the Schoolhouse Museum Parking Lot on Bradford. Goodie bags will be given out to participants of the Children's Parade while supplies last.

The Main Parade with antique cars, fire engines and floats will start at 10:00 a.m. Individuals, groups and businesses are encouraged to decorate a float. No registration is required.

Just want to watch? Bring a chair and pick a spot on Bradford, 4th Street, along Kipp or 9th Street and you are sure to have a front row seat.

For information contact City Hall at 281-334-1611. For information on parade cancellation, please call the Kemah Police Department at 281-334-5414 after 8 a.m. on the 4th.

Participation, admission and parking are free.

GALVESTON, Texas - Fourth of July Fireworks Display
Friday, July 4, 2008

Don't miss the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display, a 20 minute fireworks spectacular over Galveston Island's beach to commemorate the 4th of July, at 9:15pm. The event will take place at 37th & Seawall Boulevard.

Fourth of July Parade
Friday, July 4, 2008

Come Fourth and join us in the fun at Galveston's 4th of July Parade and Celebration!

The parade begins at 10am at the Galveston Railroad Museum on 25th Street, heading south and winding its way through historic downtown Galveston, from Postoffice Street to 21st Street, north on 21st Street to Strand, then west on Strand to 25th Street. Join us along the parade route to celebrate with local civic organizations and families, and salute those who have ensured our nation's freedom! The parade will take place (light) rain or shine, but in the event of threatening weather, we will proceed indoors for the festivities.

The parade is immediately followed by a celebration of our nation's birth in the air-conditioned comfort of Galveston Railroad Museum, 123 25th Street. The celebration will include musical entertainment by Sparky Koerner and a patriotic program hosted by Joe Huff of Galveston College. Hot dogs and lemonade refreshments will be provided by our organizers and Sweet Leaf Tea will be on hand to provide their delicious brews. In addition to free admission to all the Museum's exhibits, the Railroad Museum will also provide train rides (cost: $5.00) on their SP Diesel Switcher Locomotive!

It's not too late to participate. Decorate your bicycle, tricycle, golf cart, skates, horses, wagons, carriages, floats, or any other favorite mode of transportation and join us in the parade! Strike up the band and march with us! We welcome all organizations, businesses, civic, church and musical groups, individuals and families. Participation in the parade is free and fun for the entire family.

Sponsors and organizers of the July Fourth celebration include, Sweet Leaf Tea, Galveston College, Galveston County Marine Corps League, Detachment #668, Galveston Lion's Club, the Sons of the American Revolution - Bernardo Galvez Chapter, the Events Team, Talk of the Bay, and the city of Galveston. For more information, contact Kathy Modzelewski at 409-762-3617 or email

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - This year's Fourth of July parade will begin at 9 a.m. in The Woodlands Town Center on Friday, July 4. Thousands of spectators are expected along the 1.3 mile parade route, which will begin and end at The Woodlands United Methodist Church after winding through Market Street. Roads will be closed during the parade.

Before the parade begins, jugglers, Uncle Sam, clowns, Spiderman, Scooby Doo, magicians, Dora the Explorer, Boots the Monkey and other characters will be mingling with the crowd. This year's parade will feature fire engines, clowns, floats, horses and more. A tent will be set up in front of the Cynthia Woodlands Mitchell Pavilion for senior citizens and the physically challenged to gain refuge from the summer heat.

For the third straight year, the South County 4th of July Committee is hosting it's Annual Marching Band Scholarship Program. Each band that performs will receive atleast $1,000 for their program. Judging will occur on the parade route just above the North Passage in Market Street. Announcering the parade will be Nick Wolda and Ramon Torres, who will provide a brief description of each entry as it passes the judging stand. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. on the main stage at the Red, Hot & Blue Festival.

For the best parade watching spots, patrons are encouraged to arrive and set up early. More information can be found by calling 281-210-3975.

KATY, Texas - The Annual City of Katy Fourth of July Fireworks Display will be held at Katy Mills Mall. Friday, July 4, 2008, 9pm

DEER PARK, Texas - 4th Fest 2008
Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88's performance from 6 -9pm
Fireworks at 9:15pm
Jimmy Burke Activity Center, 500 W. 13th Street
Free parking! Free admission!
Arts, crafts, patriotic tattoos and games for kids, concessions, giveaways and quilt drawing

PASADENA, Texas - 4th Fest 2008
Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, 4 - 10pm
Free admission, free parking
Music, Fireworks, Car Show, Kid Zone, Water Slides, Face Painting, Hay Rides, Pony & Camel Rides, Petting Zoo, Magic Shows, Family Games & Activities, and more!

PEARLAND, Texas - Celebration of Freedom
Date: Friday, July 4, 2008
Time: 7pm - FREE Concert and stadium seating begins Carnival opens Friday - Sunday (purchase tickets on site)
Location: The Rig (Pearland HS. football stadium) –3775 S. Main
Cost: Free admission to the concerts

Join us in celebrating our country's birthday. This year's program will begin with an explosion of Patriotic excitement! A full size carnival will be onsite Friday - Sunday. Stadium and Field seating will be available at no charge beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday. A military fly-over and salute will will begin the evening's entertainment, followed by the winner of the "Let Freedom Sing" talent search singing the National Anthem. The stadium will be filled with the tunes of Mango Punch, one of Houston's top-drawing tropical dance bands. They have performed in prominent concerts and events such as the pre-game show of the world renowned Super Bowl XXXVIII, along with Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Aerosmith and Beyonce'. At sundown enjoy a spectacular 20 minute fireworks display from your seat inside the stadium. Food vendors, face painters, and GLOW trinkets will be available for purchase. The concerts, parking and seating are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased for the carnival rides onsite. Parking is available at Pearland High School.
For more information call 281-652-1673

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas - 2008 Friendswood Fourth of July Celebration - A Lone Star Salute to America

The Fourth of July Steering Committee and the City of Friendswood invite all to participate in the 113th annual Friendswood Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 4, 2008. The daylong celebration is packed full of entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. The theme for this year's celebration is "A Lone Star Salute to America".

The daylong celebration will kick off with the Grand Parade that will travel down Friendswood Drive. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., at the corner of FM 518 and Heritage Drive, and will feature over 100 entries from Friendswood and around the State of Texas. The parade will conclude at Stevenson Park where rides, games, food, live entertainment and fun for the entire family will take place. Several bands will be the featured entertainment along with a variety of patriotic performances throughout the day. The activities will begin shortly after the conclusion of the parade. Over 50 booth entries will provide the backdrop for the daytime activities. The daytime activities are scheduled to conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The Evening Program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be held at Centennial Park. Musical group Asleep at the Wheel will headline the evening entertainment, and local performers will round out the evening. A fireworks extravaganza will light up the sky beginning at approximately 9:20 p.m. The fireworks will be choreographed to patriotic music and is guaranteed to be one of the best fireworks displays in the Houston area.

Public parking will not be available at Centennial Park for the Evening Program. Spectators must ride the free shuttle service to gain admittance into the park. Shuttle Service will be available from Clear Brook High School and from Friendswood High School. Shuttle services will begin running at 6:30 p.m.

Don't miss out on this family event as Friendswood celebrates our country's independence in patriotic style. For additional information or to sign up for the parade or to secure a booth space in the park, please contact the Community Services Department at (281) 996-3220

LEAGUE CITY, Texas - The City of League City 4th of July Celebration has been moved to the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center at 400 W Walker from 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m. The Mayor, Council, and Parks Board will serve refreshments in appreciation of the citizens of League City. There will be free food, games music. For more information contact William at (281) 554-1188

BAYTOWN, Texas - The City of Baytown Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring two days of Independence Day festivities on July 3rd and July 4th at Bicentennial Park, located at 1001 Market. The celebration will begin on Thursday, July 3rd at 6:00 p.m. with a performance by The Coastliners, followed by headliner John Conlee taking the stage at 8:00 p.m.

The fun continues on Friday, July 4th beginning at 3:00 p.m. with contests and games the family will enjoy, followed by our opening musical act J. Paul Jr. & the Zydeco Nubreeds at 4:00 p.m. The annual July 4th Parade down Market Street and Lee Drive kicks off at 5:30 p.m.. Opening ceremonies will begin at 5:45 p.m. and will be followed by another musical performance at 6:00 p.m. with The Eli Young Band. Headliner Tracy Byrd will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. The Independence Day festivities will end with a bang from our Fireworks Extravaganza beginning at 9:30 p.m. that is sure to be the talk-of-the-town!

Music is not the only thing going on at Bicentennial Park - there will be a wide variety of food and arts & crafts booths on site selling tasty treats and handmade creations. There will also be a children's amusement area complete with a fishing tank, wetlands touch tank, a climbing wall, and many other activities to keep the young-ones busy! This year's event will also include the Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker Costume Contest at 7:30 p.m. Bring your little cutie in patriotic attire!.

Remember to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and sunscreen to the celebration, and tons of energy to enjoy all of the activities! We are allowing pop-up tents, shade tarps or umbrellas in the spectator area; however, they must be taken down by 6:00 p.m. There will also be 20 foot x 30 foot tents available in the spectator area to escape the sun. Space under the tents is available on a first come first served basis.

Public parking will be available at the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center, Robert E. Lee High School, Lee College, Goose Creek, and Sterling Library. There are also several other lots located along Texas Avenue.

There will be no street closures on Thursday, July 3rd, however, on Friday, July 4th the following streets will be closed - Market Street from Stadium Drive to Texas Avenue, Lee Drive from Market Street to Gentry, and Gentry Street from Lee Drive to Carnegie - starting at 10:00 a.m. until and 11:00 p.m. after the fireworks show is over.

The following information from the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau:

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park ( will present the annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza on Friday, July 4, 2008.
The All-American Independence Day celebration will feature thrilling live Quarter Horse races, fantastic dining packages at from Executive Chef Francis T. Walters, entertainment, family activities and more. In addition, patrons will be treated to one of the largest and most patriotic fireworks displays in town. For more information call 281.807.8760 or visit

Friday, July 4, 2008:
10:30 a.m. Gates open
5:00 p.m. Quarter Horse Racing Begins
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Display
Sam Houston Race Park
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
Houston, Texas 77064
(281) 807-8760

Chevy's Freedom Over Texas
Eleanor Tinsley Park

The 2008 Red, White and Blue Fourth of July in Houston Presents America's Largest Land-Based Fireworks Show and an Evening of Family Activities

Chevy's Freedom Over Texas with Fireworks Presented by Shell will celebrate America 's birthday on July 4, 2008 with a live concert from a well known artist, and the nation's largest land-based fireworks extravaganza. The day will also offer a host of family entertainment, four stages with music ranging from country western and rock 'n' roll to Latin, pop and oldies. Festival-goers can enjoy a mini-auto show, see some of Team Chevy's hottest NASCAR's vehicles, or simply spend the afternoon kicking back at the Bud Light Texas Volleyball Championship Court, watching the men's and women's statewide tournament finals before the concert and fireworks begin. Rides, games, face painting, jugglers and more will keep the kids entertained in the H-E-B All American Kids Zone, and there will be no shortage of great food and beverages throughout the celebration. The Budweiser Beer Garden will offer a wide selection of beverages in a relaxing atmosphere, and Chevy's Liberty Park will also feature unique displays of military artifacts and vehicles including tanks and helicopters, voting booth demonstrations, the Printing Museum of History and much more.

Fireworks: The highlight of Chevy's Freedom Over Texas is Texas' largest July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Shell. The extravaganza will be produced by world-renown Pyro Spectaculars by Souza. This spectacular fireworks display, spanning Buffalo Bayou west of Sabine Bridge, will combine specially choreographed music with unrivaled pyrotechnic artistry.

Friday, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Detailed Schedule:
4 p.m. Gates open and festival activities begin
4:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Live entertainment on all stages and zones
5 p.m. The Shirelles
6:15 p.m. Jo Dee Messina
7:30 p.m. Miranda Lambert
8:30 p.m. Sara Evans
9:35 p.m. – 9:55 p.m. Fireworks Spectacular presented by Shell
10:00 p.m. Event closes

Where: Eleanor Tinsley Park @ Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway just outside of downtown)
Children under 10 are free – tickets are sold at the gate

Star Spangled Salute
Miller Outdoor Theatre

The Houston Symphony led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski presents an All-American salute to commemorate Independence Day in style. The evening concludes with fireworks presented by the Miller Theatre Advisory Board.
7:30 pm

Big Backyard BBQ and July 4th Celebration
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch announces the return of the July 4th Big Backyard Barbecue presented by Hoar Construction. The Independence Day event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. and includes live entertainment from Outlaw Lynn & Who's Drivin¿, colorful clowns, great food, a fabulous fireworks display and much more. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs permitted. No outside alcohol allowed. Overflow parking available at Cinco Ranch High School. Fireworks display by Texas Lite and Pyro of Houston.

Stars and Stripes Celebration
Children's Museum of Houston

Proclaim Independence! Children's Museum of Houston celebrates the nation's birthday with a 21-balloon rocket salute!

Happy birthday, USA! Join the Children's Museum of Houston as they throw a party for the nation at our Stars and Stripes Celebration! There will be various patriotic activities as well as a special rocket salute for this wonderful country. The Museum will be open during normal business hours (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) on July 4th, so don't hesitate to come celebrate!

Independence Day Fireworks: The 4th of July is a perfect day to celebrate with fireworks. Stop by and make pretend fireworks that you can play with any day!

Stars and Stripes Patriotic Artwork: Design your very own red, white and blue creation to take home!

Patriotic Star Decorations: Each of the 50 stars on the flag represents each state that belongs to the United States. Make a star-studded decoration to celebrate the nation.

Eagle Decoration: Did you know that the bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America? Celebrate our national bird by decorating a bald eagle of your own!

Spotlight Performance: Allen Hill Oldies Band. What can be more American than rock and roll? Stop by and get your groove on with this terrific band! Event Time: 2 p.m.

Balloon Rocket Salute: Our national salute is a 21-gun salute. We will tell our country "Happy Birthday" with a not-so-traditional 21 balloon rocket salute instead! Event Time: 2:30 – 5 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
NEW MUSEUM HOURS: Mon. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.; Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
Included with general Museum admission: $5 per person and $4 for seniors 65+. Children under two and Museum Members receive free admission.

Red, Hot & Blue Festival
Woodlands Town Center, The The Red, Hot & Blue Festival, The Woodland's single largest event, celebrates its 11th year on July 4, 2008. It is held in Waterway Square on the banks of The Woodlands Waterway.

The 23-minute fireworks show, shot over The Woodlands Town Center, is the second largest in the Greater Houston region, second only to downtown Houston. The soundtrack for The Red, Hot & Blue Festival Fireworks is simulcast on Houston's #1 radio station, Sunny 99.1

Trolleys will be running on July 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Water taxis will operate along The Woodlands Waterway on July 3rd from 11 am -10 pm and July 4th between 11am and 11pm. Boats will not operate during the fireworks display on July 4th (8:45 pm - 10 pm) but will resume operations after the fireworks have completed.

Second Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Bayou Bend

Before families top off their Fourth of July celebration with a fireworks show, they can take in an afternoon of early American-themed performances, crafts, and demonstrations at Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens' second annual Fourth of July celebration.

The free event is from 1 to 5 p.m. at Bayou Bend, the historic American treasure house of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, at 1 Westcott Street off Memorial Drive.

In the gardens, performances on the Diana Terrace:

  • 1:30 p.m. "The Roots of American Music," Houston singer and musician JAWAD
  • 3 p.m. Americana-style puppet show presented by Francesca Marquis
  • 3:30 p.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • 4 p.m. Lonestar Bluegrass Band
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m., Fife & Drum Corp. roams the grounds In the visitor cottage, all afternoon:
  • Supplies and instruction provided to make liberty bells, American flags, and watercolor fireworks
  • Quill pens provided for signing an oversize replica of the Declaration of Independence
  • Lemonade, cookies, and other refreshments
  • In the mansion, visitors may take self-guided audio tours throughout the afternoon. A special printed guide highlights some works on view appropriate to the occasion, including:
  • Portrait of John Gerry (1745) by Boston painter John Badger, in the Massachusetts Room. Gerry was a naval officer during the War of Independence and his younger brother, Elbridge, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Card Table, 1763-75, attributed to the shop of Marinus Willett and Jonathan Pearsee, New York, in the Drawing Room. Willett was very active in the Sons of Liberty, and during the American Revolution abandoned his cabinetmaking for fighting. He was awarded a sword for bravery after the war ended.
  • General Information: For more information, the public may call 713-639-7750 or visit

    The following information from Festivals and Events:

    July 04, 2008
    Family 4th Celebration
    Rosenberg, Texas
    Held at Seabourne Creek Park. Family fun and includes free concert by the Triumphs. Spectacular fireworks
    Estimated attendees-5000 832-595-3520

    July 04, 2008
    July 4th Family Fun Fest
    Temple, Texas
    This annual Independence Day celelbration includes activities for the entire family!
    Estimated attendees-3000 254-298-5610

    July 04, 2008
    Spirit of Rosanky Jubilee
    Rosanky, Texas
    A 4th of July festival with the 3 Fs. Food, Fun & Fireworks!
    Estimated attendees-4000 512-308-9926

    July 04 -July 05, 2008
    Tomato Festival
    Avery, Texas
    Craft & Food Vendors, Lawnmower Races, Mud Bog Races, Contests, Rides,Pageant, Parade, Dances, Fireworks!
    Estimated attendees-10000 903-244-3920

    July 04 -July 06, 2008
    Old Fashion 4th of July Celebration
    Granbury, Texas
    Vendors, games, fireworks, rodeo, car show, parade, entertainment, carnival rides
    Estimated attendees-50000 817-573-1622

    July 04, 2008
    4th of July Celebration
    Alvin, Texas
    Patriotic Concert and Fireworks
    Estimated attendees-1000 281-388-4299

    July 04, 2008
    San Marcos, Texas
    Celebrate our nation's independence along the banks of the San Marcos River!
    Estimated attendees-8000 512-393-5900

    July 04, 2008
    July 4th Celebration
    Lake Dallas, Texas
    food, art and craft vendors, kid's activities, live music, contests, fireworks spectacular
    Estimated attendees-4000 940-497-2226

    July 04, 2008
    Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival
    Pflugerville, Texas
    Fireworks at Dark over Lake Pflugervile. Swimming, Canoe rides, Clowns, Facepainting, Food /drinks.
    Estimated attendees-7500 512-990-4363

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