No Fireworks

No fireworks on Post Oak Boulevard as holiday tradition comes to a temporary halt

No fireworks on Post Oak as holiday tradition halts temporarily

30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting
Fireworks light up the night at past Uptown Park Holiday Lighting events, but not this year. Photo courtesy of Pyrotecnico

One Houston holiday tradition is coming to a halt — temporarily.

The annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting extravaganza, which has been a mainstay on Post Oak Boulevard during Thanksgiving for the past 31 years, won't be taking place this year. The boulevard, between Westheimer and San Felipe, is undergoing extensive construction as part of a controversial multi-million dollar project to add dedicated bus lanes, pedestrian improvements, and other features.

Construction will likely continue for much of the next two years, so organizers plan to return to the tradition on Thanksgiving Day, 2019. In a press release, officials said they plan an all-new Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event at that time on what is being dubbed the "Grand Boulevard."

“We have an opportunity to create an even more spectacular event and in incredible destination boulevard for the holidays,” said Uptown Houston District president John Breeding. “Many of the new elements on the boulevard will become future holiday decorations."