Freedom Over Texas, Houston's Fourth of July celebration, includes a huge firworks show over downtown. (Photo by Richard Carson)
From big-name concerts to small-town celebrations, there are plenty ofÂ places to celebrate America's birthday Texas-style this Fourth of July. Here are my top three picks for sure-fire fun this weekend:
One of the state's biggest Independence Day events is Houston's Freedom Over Texas, featuring performancesÂ by music superstarsÂ Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride, as well as children's activities and a huge fireworks display. The event runs 4-10 p.m. in Eleanor Tinsley Park downtown.Â Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased online or at the gate--children age 5 and younger get in free.
Granbury's Hometown Parade. (Photo by Michael Amador/TxDOT)
Granbury's 39th-annualÂ Old-Fashioned Fourth of July keeps the party going Thursday through Saturday with a full roster of family events. July 4Â activities include the Hometown Parade, a decorated bike contest, a performance of the "1776 " musical andÂ a ranch rodeo. Then at the end of the day, look out over Lake Granbury to see a huge fireworks show that's consistently ranked among the top 10Â displays in the Southwest. The fun continues Friday and Saturday with live music, a car show, old-fashioned games and dancing.
If theÂ summer heatÂ is wiltingÂ your enthusiasm for outdoor celebrations, Aqua Boom in KingslandÂ might beÂ an ideal destination. The city takes full advantageÂ of itsÂ location at the confluence of the Llano and Colorado rivers at this four-day event, withÂ water activities, a boat parade and more to help flag-waving revelers cool off. There's also a fried-chicken dinner and patriotic concert Wednesday; three parades and water races before the fireworks at dark on Thursday; a steak cook-off Friday; and a full Saturday of barbecue and chili cook-offs, arts-and-crafts vendors, a remote-controlled aircraft show, car show, sports and games tournaments, and a concert with a street dance.
For aÂ full list of events going on around the state, check out our Web Extra. Safe travels!