There's plenty more fun to be had than just watching dazzling fireworks displays this Fourth of July. From a home tour to a pop-up shop, here are our best bets for celebrating America’s independence, sans the pyrotechnics.
Take a break from the heat
Who needs at Eleanor Tinsley Park’s Freedom Over Texas when you enjoy a cool air-conditioned breeze inside a unique home built entirely out of All-American products? This weekend, head to Spring-area’s MainStreet America for a tour of the standout abode, alongside 11 other architecturally diverse showcase home designs, all located inside the development by Design Tech Homes.
Hit the sales racks
Celebrate America’s birthday by taking advantage of the blowout deals at Katy Mills (July 3-5). It’s worth braving the crowds for the up to 70 percent discount on merchandise at some of the outlet mall’s 175 brand-name retailers including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Michael Kors and J. Crew Factory.
What better way to celebrate our country’s independence than a garden party, complete with performers, crafts, refreshments, and more at the picturesque Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (July 4; 1 to 5 p.m.). Revelers will gather on the terrace at 3 p.m. to hear a reading of The Declaration of Independence and eat cake. Admission to the ninth annual event is free.
The Children’s Museum of Houston promises a blowout fete for your little ones (July 4; 1:30 p.m.) celebrating the land of the free and the home of the brave. Highlights include a flag waving parade through the museum’s courtyard area lead by the High Steppers Brass Band and craft making with plastic fusion to create superhero accessories. General Museum admission is $10 per person; $9 for seniors 65 and older and for active duty military personnel; and free for children under one.
Shop at monthly outdoor fine arts event with works of dozens of visual artists, First Saturday Arts Market (July 4; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) while you enjoy tunes from local band, Grifters and Shills (from 10 a.m.-noon). Switch up your barbecue expectations with grub from a duo of food trucks: Breakfast Burrito Anonymous and Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Bus. This event is free.