IF YOU DON’T have a view of the many fireworks displays around town on July 4, these spots are celebrating Independence Day with dinner, brunch, live music, deals, drinks and a seat to Houston’s spectacularly lit-up sky show.
After grabbing a nosh downstairs from the sprawling food market — try Lea Jane’s fried chicken, Soy Pinoy or Andes Café — celebrate the Fourth with the Houston Brass Band on the largest rooftop park in America. The POST's five-acre Skylawn is the ideal location to view the Downtown fireworks display and experience live patriotic music.
Score prime views of Downtown from the third-level deck at this sprawling new patio bar to celebrate Independence Day starting July 1. The weekend bash includes a pop-up rooftop bar, games and a red-white-and blue Independence Day Lemonade cocktail. On July 4, the top level will be open for the Downtown Freedom Over Texas fireworks spectacular.
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Grab a poppin’ to-go special and post up elsewhere to catch the show! Both locations of Max’s Wine Dive will feature fried-chicken buckets for $45, July 1-6. Included: homemade jalapeno-buttermilk-marinated fried chicken (gluten-free also available) and sides of Texas toast, mashed potatoes, and collard greens. Add a bottle of prosecco ($15) or G.H Mumm Brut Champagne ($45).
On the west side, CityCentre’s beloved fireworks celebration returns. Leading up to the big 10-minute fireworks show at 9:30pm, there will be live music from country-pop group The After Party. Parking will be $10 (cash only) in all four CityCentre parking garages, and the district’s restaurants will offer a variety of to-go menu options for snacking and sipping under the stars.
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Expect the regular dinner menu on July 4, plus a Texas Wagyu hot dog special served with giant steak frites. After dinner, catch a view of Houston’s Freedom Over Texas fireworks from the parking lot — hot diggity dog!
Head north for a family-friendly entertainment spectacular on the Fourth. The Woodlands’ display will be one of the largest firework shows in the region. Plenty of children's activities and concessions will be spread out throughout Waterway Park, Hughes Landing and beyond. Live music begins at 6pm and the fireworks starts around 9:30pm.
Accessible with a $20 ticket, this third-floor rooftop has prime views of Downtown’s Freedom Over Texas show. Pub food (awesome pizzas!), beers and frozens will be available to purchase a la carte.
B.B. Lemon's Bloody Mary (photo by Jenn Duncan)
Rise and shine Monday, July 4, for a patriotic brunch featuring tunes courtesy of DJ Mohawk Steve. Guests can also choose dinner service (3-9PM) coupled with a great view of the Downtown firework display from the B&B Butchers parking lot across the street. It’s better than a drive-in movie!
…But speaking of movies, are you in search of a different kind of show? Meet in the beer garden on July 4 for a free screening of the classic The Sandlot — all ages welcome! Umbrella Fellas with be grilling burgers and hot dogs all evening, and Axelrad’s bar will be open.
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Head for the water in San Leon for Pier 6's Fourth of July bash (11am-9pm). It’s a family-friendly seaside celebration with nostalgic snacks — including a popcorn machine and cotton candy! — plus live music, face-painting, Lady Liberty on stilts and a local fire truck making daytime rounds through the marina, waving American flags.
Experience one of Houston’s highest open-air bars, perched on the 23rd floor of this hotel with sweeping city views and a view of the Freedom Over Texas fireworks display. Outdoor dining is available, and the bar will be open until 10pm on the Fourth.
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