Forth of July is just around the corner, and if you still don’t have anything planned, there are plenty of things to do, many of them completely free! Check out these fun local events if you’re looking for ideas to celebrate our nation’s independence.
Freedom Over Texas
Eleanor Tinsley Park will host Houston’s 29th annual Freedom Over Texas event from 4:00-10:00. The event will feature country music performances, games, kids activities, a salute to the military, and a spectacular fireworks display to close the evening. Dogs are not allowed, so plan to leave Fido at home. (Service dogs are an exception to this rule.) Tickets are $10 at the gate or $8 until midnight on July 3. Purchase tickets online at www.freedomovertexas.org.
If you aren’t in the mood to deal with event traffic, Martin Hajovsky of Home in the Heights offers this helpful hint: you can actually see the fireworks from several places in the southern part of the Heights. For optimum crowd-free viewing, go south on Waverly Street until the cross the bike path and it terminates at West 6th Street. Turn right and you will see White Oak Bayou before you get to Shepherd. The grassy area between 6th and White Oak Bayou is the perfect spot for a late-night picnic while you watch the fireworks.
Independence Day at Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend will offer a free day of performances, crafts, games, activities, and refreshments, rain or shine. This event will feature a historic and artistic slant, naturally, but will not be just another day at the museum. The Declaration of Independence will be read aloud at 3:00, followed by the cutting of a birthday cake for America. The festivities kick off at 1:00 and ends at 5:00. If you’ve never been to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, look for it at 6003 Memorial Drive.
Exxonmobil Summer Symphony Star-Spangled Salute
The Exxonmobil Summer Symphony Series will host a special Star-Spangled Salute at 8:30 pm on the 4th at Miller Outdoor Theatre. In addition to lively patriotic tunes, the event will feature live performance art by speed-painter Dan Dunn, who will create works of art to the sounds of the orchestra. Even if you aren’t close enough to the action to see Dunn paint, you’ll surely not miss the cannons booming along with the 1812 Overture. A brilliant fireworks display will close out the evening. The Houston Symphony will perform under the direction of Michael Krajewski. As all Miller Outdoor Theatre events, admission is free.
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