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The ultimate list of 4th of July fireworks shows in Houston and beyond

The ultimate list of 4th of July fireworks shows in Houston and beyond

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Expect large crowds at Houston's annual CITGO Freedom Over Texas bash.  yuhirao/Getty Images

Wednesday, July 4 marks Independence Day, a day where we commemorate signing the Declaration of Independence and come together to enjoy a good fireworks spectacle.

Most Houstonians will be downtown for the official, CITGO Freedom Over Texas celebration at Eleanor Tinsley Park, which ends with grand-finale fireworks show. But there will be other free events happening in and around Houston that will let loose with their own patriotic, pyrotechnic fun. Here's a rundown of those events:

Miller Outdoor Theatre will see the Houston Symphony perform their annual Star Spangled Salute concert, followed by fireworks in Hermann Park at 10 pm. Event runs 8:30 to 10 pm.

Stafford Centre will feature the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra performing an evening of patriotic favorites — called the Freedom Rings Concert — before the big fireworks show. 7 pm.

The city of Galveston will host its 179th-annual Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Celebration, complete with a parade and 20 minutes of fireworks, beginning at 9:15 pm. Event runs 7:30 to 10 pm.

The Kemah Boardwalk will host a celebration called Star Spangled Sky Fireworks, featuring a parade, live music and a patriotic-themed fireworks show over Galveston Bay. 9:30 pm.

The city of Friendswood will have its 123rd-annual Fourth of July Celebration with a whole day of events, including a grand parade and the eventual fireworks show at 9:20 pm. Event runs 10 am to 10:30 pm.

Wet'n'Wild SplashTown in Spring will set off their usual, Fourth of July fireworks at 9:15 pm, after the park closes. If you want to engage in water-related activities before then, it's open from 10 am to 9 pm.

The Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds hosts the city’s 4th Fest, where there will be live music, food vendors, games, a Toys for Tots BBQ and, yes, fireworks. Event runs 4 to 10 pm.

The Four Corners Shopping Center in Tomball will be the spot for the July 4th Celebration & Street Festival, with a fireworks show going up around 9:30 pm. Event runs 5 to 11 pm.

The Woodlands Resort will make a Star-Spangled Evening on Wharf Terrace, complete with a carnival, live music, and a fireworks extravaganza at 9 pm. Event runs 5 to 10 pm.

The Pearland High School Football Stadium will be the location for the city’s Celebration of Freedom, where there will be live music by The Slags and a fireworks display at sundown. Event runs 6 to 10 pm.

CityCentre will have country/rock group Texas Unlimited Band serve as the live entertainment before the 15-minute fireworks spectacular at 9:30 pm. Event runs 7 to 11 pm.

Kings Harbor in Kingswood will bring in blues-playing boys TC and the Cannonballs to perform live music before the fireworks off the pier at 9:30 pm. Event runs 7 to 10 pm.

Veranda Model Home Park in Richmond will have a Fireworks & Fire Trucks celebration, with food trucks serving food while fireworks pop off in the sky at 9 pm. Event runs 7 to 9:30 pm.

And, for the kiddos: Children's Museum of Houston will host a morning Kidependence Day party, with confetti "fireworks," a marching band, fun activities, and an appearance by Captain America. Event starts at 11 am.