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Four things to know for the Fourth of July in Houston

July 3, 2018

It’s the Fourth. What are your plans for the day? If your goals involve fireworks and fun, here’s what you need to know:

Weather

No matter where in the region you celebrate, you’ll probably get rained on. The National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms throughout the day with lightning, gusty wind and heavy rain — as much as 4 or 5 inches in some spots.

The rain may continue through Wednesday evening, so if your plans are outdoors, check for cancellations. If you do go out, at least pack a poncho.

And forecasts do change, so keep an eye on things using your favorite weather app or the National Weather Service: weather.gov/hgx.

Fireworks

You can catch fireworks all over the region, including the Galveston Seawall, CityCentre and the Kemah Boardwalk. And so far, most of the celebrations haven’t been called for weather. But the big show is CITGO Freedom Over Texas, the music fest that sprawls along Buffalo Bayou. This year’s headliner is Chris Young; you’ll also hear from the Mavericks and R&B singer Cupid. The party ends after dark with a fireworks show that’ll light up the sky over downtown Houston.

It’s 4-10 p.m. at Sam Houston Park and Eleanor Tinsley Park. Tickets are $10 at the gate (kids 5 and younger free with an adult). Get more details, including a map, at freedomovertexas.org.

A few miles away, the Houston Symphony offers a Star-Spangled Salute, a patriotic concert that wraps up with explosions in the sky. It starts at 8:30 p.m. at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Admission is free. More info: houstonsymphony.org.

Transportation

Fireworks shows attract big crowds — so no matter which one you’re attending, leave early so you can find parking and deal with street closures.

If you’re headed to Freedom Over Texas or Star-Spangled Salute, consider taking METRORail. It’s $1.25 each way and will get you close to Freedom Over Texas and the Star-Spangled Salute. Figure out logistics at ridemetro.org.

Parades

Bellaire, Friendswood and The Woodlands all have Fourth of July parades. But so do plenty of neighborhoods, so check your street for kids on bikes and Uncle Sam riding a unicycle.

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