Monday, June 29, 2009
HOUSTON—The 4th of July means fireworks across the U.S. and Houston is no exception.
There are dozens of celebrations in our area, but the largest is the Freedom over Texas festival this weekend. It is presented by Shell.
The free event is at Eleanor Tinsley Park. This year, organizers are honoring Houston’s military heroes and the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Country singer, Texas native Clay Walker will be the main act. He will take the stage at 8 p.m. Right after that at 9:30, fireworks will light the sky.
If you’re thinking about heading there you should know about some road that will be closed.
On Thursday, a couple of lanes along Allen Parkway were closed. They include roads between Taft Street and downtown.
Also, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Allen Parkway will be completely closed to traffic.
If you’re in The Woodlands, there are several events where you can celebrate.
First there is the Star-Spangled Salute which is being held Friday night at the Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion.
You’ll hear patriotic music presented by the Houston Symphony.
Friday at 9 a.m. you can see the South Montgomery Parade which runs through The Woodlands Town Center and Market Street.
Finally, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can head to the Red, Hot and Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza at Town Green Park and Waterway Square.
There’s also a lot to celebrate in Fort Bend County Saturday, July 4 th.
In Sugar Land, the festivities include The Red White and Blue Fest at Oyster Creek Park. Those events begin Saturday and run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The city of Stafford and the Fort Bend Symphony will celebrate by treating the public to a free patriotic concert.
Freedom Rings 2009 will be held at the Stafford Centre and starts at 5 p.m.
In Missouri City, the public is being treated to a July 4 celebration at Buffalo Run Park.
The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks blare into the night sky at 9.
Chevy Freedom Over Texas Fireworks
Location: Eleanor Tinsley Park
This is by far the largest celebration in the city of Houston, and the fireworks display is one of the biggest in the state. Montgomery Gentry will headline. The festival starts at 4 p.m. with performances by local acts. If you don't feel like braving the crowds, you don't have to miss our on the fun; just tune in to ABC13 from the solitude of your couch.
The Houston Symphony 4th of July Celebration
Location: Miller Outdoor Theatre, Herman Park
Led by principal pops conductor Michael Krajewski. Enjoy an All-American salute to commemorate Independence Day, and end the evening with fireworks presented by the Miller Theatre Advisory Board.
Sam Houston Race Park
The park celebrates Independence Day with special family-friendly activities and a spectacular fireworks display.
Location: Gulf Greyhound Park
Come see some of the nation's hottest greyhounds compete.
The 4th of July fireworks launch at 9:30 p.m.
SplashTown Fireworks Spectacular
The park sends up the explosives after dusk.