Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Houston

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and of course – fireworks! While last year most firework shows and celebrations had to be called off due to the pandemic, this year, some celebrations are able to return. Read on to see what’s happening around Houston this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Picnic in the Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park with grills to host a BBQ, check out Memorial Park. As one of the largest urban parks in the whole United States, Memorial Park has plenty of places to throw down some picnic blankets. There are also lots of picnic areas (the park has a whole Picnic Loop) that can be reserved, just know that due to COVID-19, to make a reservation, your group must be 10 people or fewer. There will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy if you want to spend the whole day in the park, including:

·   Lots of large grassy areas for tossing a frisbee, flying a kite, playing catch, or kicking around a soccer ball

·   Hiking and nature trails

·   Playgrounds

·   Volleyball, croquet, and tennis courts

·   Bike trails

The Taste of Texas

Foodies rejoice because there is going to be a huge food festival in Houston on July 4th! The Taste of Texas Food Festival will be taking place from 12 to 6 pm at The Zone and online presale tickets are only $5 (tickets are $25 at the door). The festival will feature food trucks representing all the best foods in Houston. There will also be a kid zone (including face painting and a bounce house), vendors, arts & crafts, and a live DJ. Come dressed in patriotic colors!

Haak Vineyards & Winery

Feel like getting out of the city for a bit? The lovely Haak Vineyards & Winery is just an hour north of Houston and makes a great escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown. They offer tours of the grounds and tastings of many Texas-made wines. There’s also a gift shop where you can grab a few bottles to take home. On July 4th, Pee Wee Bowen will be performing “music for all occasions ‘with class’” from 7 to 10 pm at the winery so you can enjoy music while you sip.

Enjoy a Pool Day

Cooling off in the pool is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and Houston has plenty of public pools where you can do just that! 10 city pools will be opening up at the start of the season, with the goal of opening all of them by July 6th as long as COVID stays under control. Pool hours are normally 1 pm to 8 pm every day except Monday. On Independence Day, the pools will close a few hours earlier at 5 pm.

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