The 4th of July holiday celebrates the independence of the United States of America.
Last year, for the first time, we decided to go to the Freedom Over Texas event held at the Allen Parkway.
The event went from late afternoon until 10pm and consisted of stalls, family sporting areas, jumping castles and several concerts.
There were 3 stages, and the main stage had the three headlining country music singers; Jack Ingram, Chris Young and Rodney Atkins followed by fireworks.
They estimate each year 100,000 people from Houston go to Freedom over Texas so has the atmosphere that you are after to celebrate 4th of July (but it also has the parking and traffic issues).
You can’t bring in food and drinks to the venue, so you have to buy tokens and purchase all food, drinks and ice-creams with these tokens.
We went down at 5pm, then looked around at all the stalls, then stood for the concert. If you are heading down this year aim to get there a little earlier so that you can set up camper chairs in a position closer to the stage as it was quite hot standing there.
We saw the American National Anthem, folding of the flag, and saluting America’s troops. All was perfect for the day and the crowd were really friendly and receptive.
I have come to love country music, so love watching the concerts. Last year I thought Chris Young was the standout, he put on a great performance and sang all of his great hits.
After Rodney Atkins, (who was unfortunately cut short due to timing) the fireworks started and were amazing. I took my 2 year old down and he just loved watching them.
When the fireworks were all over, we headed back to the car and got stuck in traffic for about 45 minutes when the usual trip home would be 15 minutes.
This year, they have some more great acts coming to Houston. Both Billy Currington and Sara Evans. I am sure that it will be another great event.
If you don’t have a BBQ to attend, head down to Freedom Over Texas and see how Americans celebrate their independence.