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July Events: Celebrating the Fourth

By Abi Grise 6.4.18

These Fourth of July celebrations across Texas might just spark ideas for a long-weekend road trip. From small-town celebrations to booming, big-city spectacles, there’s no wrong way to commemorate America the beautiful.

South Texas

Freedom Over Texas, July 4, Houston

Herd on down to Buffalo Bayou for a Texas-size celebration of America. Fireworks, fanfare, family activities, live performances — you name it, Houston’s got it, right by the river. The stunning pyrotechnic display across the big Texas sky will surely leave you and the thousands of other spectators in awe.

Red, White & Boom!, July 4, Hondo

If you like to slip and slide your way through the Fourth of July, this event is perfect for you. Cool off from the blazing Texas sun with waterslides, swimming, and food-truck refreshments all day long. Visit the petting zoo and animal adoption stations for some “aw” and watch the fireworks at night for “ooh” and “ah.”

North Texas

Addison Kaboom Town, July 3, Addison

Look no further for “wow” factor — Addison Kaboom Town! has repeatedly been named one of the top fireworks shows in the country. This megalithic event boasts courageous air shows from daredevil pilots, carnival games, face painting, and live entertainment galore. Pro tip: Set up camp early, since space is limited in Addison Circle Park.

Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, July 4, Granbury

Everyone loves good old-fashioned fun on the Fourth! Hoof it to Granbury for a charming day by the lake. Run or walk the Firecracker 5K, wheel it to the decorated bike contest, and cheer on the Hometown Parade. Keep your cool all day long with water activities, and take in the fireworks show at dusk.

Central Texas

Fourth on the Brazos, July 4, Waco

Waco makes it easy to eat your way through the Fourth. Pack your cooler and head to the riverfront, where you can enter the renowned Corndog Classic. Still hungry? Try the barbecue, burgers, funnel cakes, and nachos from local vendors. Let freedom ring as you take in live music and the impressive fireworks finale.

July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration 2018 & Sertoma July Fourth Parade, July 4, Round Rock

Why not celebrate America with the spirit of friendly competition? See if you can take the heat of the jalapeño-eating contest. Or cheer on the pig races. May the Fourth be with you during the Star Wars: The Last Jedi screening in the park, followed by a glorious fireworks finale.

East Texas

Fireworks and Freedom Celebration, July 4, Longview

Join the fun of this full-day festival, including amusement rides and free concerts by the Ray Johnston Band and Sammy Kershaw. Honor America’s best friends at the Weenie Dog Races and Patriotic Pup Fashion Show. And then chillax with your complimentary shaved ice and take in the breathtaking fireworks display.

Jefferson Salutes America, July 4, Jefferson

Shake hands with Uncle Sam and other historic figures in Jefferson. This hometown celebration, beginning at the Otstott Park gazebo, includes delightful family entertainment, such as the children’s parade, Ice Cream Championship, duck races, band concerts, and, last but not least, the “Fireworks Fantazmagoria!”

West Texas

Fourth of July Celebrations, June 30, July 4, Ozona

Ozona is a small town with big plans. Start off your Fourth running — literally — in the G.I. Joe Stars & Stripes Fun Run on Saturday. Catch your breath and return Wednesday to the town square for booths, games, and entertainment. Catch the parade at 8 p.m. and end the night with a bang watching the post-sunset fireworks.

Star-Spangled Salute, July 4, Midland

Look no further for a kid-friendly Fourth. This event has you and the kiddos covered from morning to night, starting with the children’s sidewalk parade. Explore the Family Fun Zone together, and tune in for a family-friendly variety concert in the park. Then, prepare for major wow at one of the largest fireworks displays in West Texas.

Get some Texas tunes ready and your car packed up for the trip.

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