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The Fourth of July is a traditional American holiday promising good barbecue, live music and, of course, fireworks.

Besides the nationwide celebration of freedom, Houstonians can look forward to big fireworks and low cost events all around the city.

Houston’s official Independence Day celebration, Freedom Over Texas, is a family friendly event at only $8 ticket. Children five and under are free. The festival is expected to feature country music headliners such Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride.  Festival goers will experience more than 30,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages including the Walmart All-American Kid Zone and the Family Fitness Challenge Area featuring sports teams including the Aeros, Astros, Dynamo, Rockets and Texans. The older crowd can enjoy the The Bud Light Zone which will showcase the All American Beer Garden. A firework display will conclude the evening. The festival will be held from 4 – 10pm at Eleanor Tinsley Park, Sam Houston Park, and along Allen Parkway.

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The city of Katy will be hosting its “Freedom Celebration & Fireworks Show” at 9 pm at Katy Mills Mall.

Missouri City will host their annual Fourth of July Celebration at Buffalo Run Park beginning at 6 pm. Get there early with the kids because the first 600 children (12 and under) will receive a free giveaway. Attendees can expect free activities such as moonwalks, a rock wall, and mechanical bulls. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 pm.

The city of Pearland will host a free concert featuring the Texas Unlimited Band varying in sounds of rock and country at Pearland High School Football Stadium. Gates open at 6pm, and  a  firework display will follow the concert at 9 pm.

Families looking to venture further out of the city can visit the Kemah Boardwalk for a free firework show over the Galveston Bay. The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 pm and will be accompanied by live music.

Symphony lovers can bask in the vintage sounds of the Star Spangled Salute presented by the Houston Symphony. This outdoor concert will feature American classics and offer a more adult alternative to traditional Fourth of July events. The concert is free and will also include a firework display at the end of the evening.

For those looking to celebrate the national holiday while enjoying some safe libations, the Houston Pub Crawl will host a two-day post Fourth of July Celebration from July 5-6. Those 21 and up can purchase all access tickets for $2. Tickets will gain party goers access to dozens of participating bars offering significantly discounted drinks especially for the occasion. A “bar map” will be provided at the registration location, Midtown Drinkery, showcasing participating bars in the area. For more information, visit

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