Houston Booms with Patriotic Fun

Posted on Wednesday, 02 July 2014

The local night skies will be alive with color Friday evening as the Houston area celebrates the Fourth of July.

Those wanting to be near the booming action can attend the annual Independence Day festivities at the Pearland High School football stadium, 3775 South Main. Hosted by the city of Pearland, the free event starts at 6 p.m. and includes a VFW military salute and other entertainment. Live music begins at 7 p.m., with the 20-minute fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Stadium and field seating will be available.

Those wanting to venture into Houston have several choices near downtown. The Houston Symphony will perform its Star-Spangled Salute at 8:30 p.m. at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The symphony will play patriotic classics and will be joined on stage by Jonathan Beedle and A.J. Swearingen, who will perform the music of Simon & Garfunkel. Leading into the fireworks will be Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons. Open seating will be available on the hill and free tickets available, while they last, for the covered seating area. Tickets may be picked up at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Limit is four tickets per person.

Southwest Airlines is sponsoring Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s official Fourth of July event, Freedom over Texas, 4-10 p.m. at Eleanor Tinsley Park, 500 Allen Parkway. Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for Sugarland, will headline the live entertainment. Also planned are vintage aircraft flyovers, a kids’ zone, children’s entertainment, the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash and more. The evening culminates with a fireworks display over the downtown skyline. Tickets are $8 prior to the event and $10 on Friday. Visit to purchase tickets or for more details.


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