America Is Already Great; Celebrate Independence Day in Houston and Surrounding Areas

US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas 2016 is Monday, July 4, from 4 to 10 p.m. at Eleanor Tinsley Park.EXPAND
US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas 2016 is Monday, July 4, from 4 to 10 p.m. at Eleanor Tinsley Park.
Photo by Richard Carson

We're not only Texas proud, we're America proud, and there's no better way to celebrate our great nation than with Independence Day (and weekend) celebrations throughout Houston and surrounding areas. With opportunities all over Harris County, there's something for everybody. Happy Birthday, America!

Friday, July 1

Red, White & Zoo at the Houston Zoo
We're not the only ones who swelter in the heat. Come see the Houston Zoo animals in the cooler evening hours. Visitors can make a flag, march in a parade, and look for red, white and blue animals. 5 to 8 p.m. July 1, Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-533-6500 or visit houstonzoo.org/cool-nights. Free to $16.

CityCentre July 4 Weekend Celebration
Everything's bigger at CityCentre, and especially with this four-day extravaganza, offering a different musical act on each day. It kicks off with the Motown and classic rock sounds of Soul Infinity. 7 to 10 p.m. July 1. CityCentre, 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North. For information, call 713-629-5200 or visit citycentrehouston.com/events/detail/july-four-fireworks-spectacular. Free.

4th of July Jazz Celebration
Celebrate our country's birthday through patriotic and uplifting music, courtesy of Joe Burlison and his "A List" band. 8:30 p.m. July 1, Dosey Doe Coffee House, 25911 I-45 North, The Woodlands. For information, call 281-367-3774 or visit doseydoe.com. $15 to $20.

Texas Family Musicals: American Pride
Moody Gardens hosts Texas Family Musicals with four days of classic theater. Performances of American Pride are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 1-3; 2:30 and 7 p.m. July 4. Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Boulevard, Galveston. For information, call 855-667-1221 or visit texasfamilymusicals.com. $17.50 to $35.

Bands on the Sand
The oh-so-private Palm Beach at Moody Gardens has been celebrating all summer with Bands on the Sand and ending each show with fireworks over the pyramids and Offatts Bayou. Come celebrate Independence Day weekend with the Intercoastal Pirates on July 1 and the Space Monkeys on July 2. 6 to 10 p.m. July 1 and 2, Palm Beach at Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston. For information, call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org. Free to $15.

Fireworks Fridays
The Kemah Boardwalk celebrates with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. every Friday night through the end of July. Watch the pyrotechnics sparkle over Galveston Bay, then stay for late-night specials. Kemah Boardwalk, 2155 Kipp Avenue, Kemah. For information, call 877-285-3624 or visit kemahboardwalk.com. Free.

Saturday, July 2

Red, White & 'Que Fest at Armadillo Palace
Goode's Armadillo Palace has undergone a makeover, so come celebrate with dancing and live music by The Guzzlers, beer tastings courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Brewery, plus tasty cocktails. They'll be cooking up an entire half cow on the rotisserie and, while you wait, enjoy complimentary tacos and passed appetizers. 4 to 10 p.m. July 2, Goode's Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby. For information, call 713-526-9700 or visit thearmadillopalace.com. $15.

Houston Dynamo: Armed Forces Appreciation Night
The Houston Dynamo celebrates Armed Forces Appreciation Night beginning with a pre-game flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard. There's a special "Red, White and BBQ" event catered by Dickey's BBQ, and it's free for the first 100 military members with valid ID; everybody else pays just $10. For this Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union match, they're offering a special "buy one give one ticket" special, where you can purchase a ticket to the game and have another ticket donated to a military member or veteran. Representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines will have giveaway items at interactive stations outside the stadium. Stay after for the fireworks with patriotic-themed music. 7:45 p.m. July 2. BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas. For information, call 713-547-3000 or visit houstondynamo.com. $28 to $136

CityCentre July 4 Weekend Celebration
The four-day extravaganza at CityCentre, offering a different musical act on each day, continues with the classic rock and country sounds of Cypress Republic Band. 7 to 10 p.m. July 2. CityCentre, 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North. For information, call 713-629-5200 or visit citycentrehouston.com/events/detail/july-four-fireworks-spectacular. Free.

Sunday, July 3

Round Top Music Festival 2016: Patriotic Concert
Perhaps the high point of the five-week music festival, predicted to sell-out, is the Patriotic Concert conducted by Perry So. Hear favorites like the "Star Spangled Banner," the "National Emblem March," "Stars and Stripes Forever," and more. 3 to 4:30 p.m. July 3. Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road, Round Top. For information, call 979-249-3129 or visit festivalhill.org. $10 to $45.

CityCentre July 4 Weekend Celebration
The four-day extravaganza at CityCentre, offering a different musical act on each day, continues with the inspirational sounds of Sunday Night Live. 7 to 10 p.m. July 3. CityCentre, 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North. For information, call 713-629-5200 or visit citycentrehouston.com/events/detail/july-four-fireworks-spectacular. Free.

Houston Symphony: Star-Spangled Salute
Come out to The Woodlands for this longstanding tradition (more than 25 years), featuring a selection of patriotic favorites by the Houston Symphony and Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the Pavilion always has great preconcert activities for children. 8 p.m. July 3, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. For information, call 281-363-3300 or visit woodlandscenter.org. Free.

41st Annual Independence Day Celebration
This one's a two-parter, beginning on Sunday and continuing on Monday. On July 3, enjoy food and game booths, plus free carnival rides, a dance and a hay ride. Musical guests are Chris Brade Band, Jerome Batiste and the Zydeko Players. Come back the next day for a concert and fireworks. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. July 3. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash, Stafford. For information, call 281-208-6900 or visit staffordcentre.com. Free.



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