The city of Houston isn't sponsoring a New Year's Eve fireworks display this year. A review of many of our local parties, even ones sponsored by local governments, shows a preference for dropping balloons or showering partygoers with confetti.
But if you're one of those people determined to see fireworks — and you don't want to risk losing some fingers in an at-home DIY attempt — there are still opportunities available in some nearby cities.
This is a family one with fireworks at 10 p.m. courtesy of Boardwalk FantaSea Fireworks, with live music in the plaza. Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah.
There's a children's celebration from 7 to 9 p.m., with an adult one from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Valet services will be standing by, and if you want to duck out to a nearby restaurant, pedicabs are available. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land. $25.
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Tickets to this Montgomery County blowout cover a four-hour open bar and a $500 chip for the casino as well as dancing with DJ-Orbit. They even toss in a breakfast burrito. La Torretta, 600 La Torretta Boulevard, Montgomery. $99.90-$179.90.
This is a chance to cruise on the high seas while building up to the late-night-crescendo action. Or watch from the shore if you don't want to pay to come aboard. Saturday boarding 8-9 p.m., cruising 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Departure from the Kemah Boardwalk. $159.99 per person.