Freedom Over Texas | Houston’s July 4th Celebration

The City of Houston has activated the Event Operations Center to support public safety operations at the Freedom over Texas event happening at Eleanor Tinsley Park in downtown Houston.  Updates to event information will be posted at this website:


(7/3/2017 3:00pm) – AlertHouston | Traffic Advisory – Some Street Closures Planned as Houston Welcomes Citgo Freedom Over Texas July 4th

As Houston welcomes the annual Citgo Freedom over Texas event along the Buffalo Bayou, motorists may encounter some road closures near Eleanor Tinsley Park.

The Mayor’s Office of Special Events says the following street closures will be in effect during the specified times:

Sunday, July 2, 7:00 a.m. – Wednesday, July 5, 7:00 a.m.

  • Allen Parkway north and southbound exit ramps from Interstate 45 (Gulf and North Freeways)
  •  Allen Parkway outbound at Bagby
  • Sabine Street at Memorial Drive
  • Walker access blocked to Allen Parkway and Sabine Street. I-45 North on-ramp and the loop to McKinney remains open

Sunday, July 2, 7:00 a.m. – Wednesday, July 5, 8:00 a.m.

  • Allen Parkway inbound at Taft
  • Gillette Street at W. Dallas Street
  • Gillette (east curb lane only) between W. Dallas & Allen Pkwy
  • Crosby Street at W. Dallas Street
  • Heiner Street at W. Dallas Street (NOTE: Heiner reopens 7/5/17 by 5:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 4, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

  • Bagby northbound at Dallas
  • Bagby southbound at McKinney
  • Lamar between Smith and Bagby

Tuesday, July 4, 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 

  • Silver Street at Memorial Drive

Heat Safety

The City of Houston is monitoring warm temperatures that may impact July 4th plans.  The National Weather Service says we can expect heat indices from 100F – 105F during the afternoon hours on Independence Day.

Please stay hydrated, wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing, and plan plenty of time in air-conditioned facilities.  If you plan to be outside, make sure you have plenty of water, and are prepared for heat.

For tips on being prepared for extreme heat, visit houstonoem.org.


Fireworks Safety

The City also reminds residents that discharging fireworks in the City of Houston limits, and in the City’s Limited Purpose Annexation areas is illegal and punishable by up to a $2000 fine/device.

The safest, most enjoyable way to celebrate Independence Day is to attend public events with regulated fireworks displays, such as Citgo Freedom Over Texas at Eleanor Tinsley Park or the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

To report a non-emergency use of fireworks, call the Houston Police Department non-emergency line at 713.884.3131.  If there is a medical or fire emergency related to fireworks use, call 9-1-1.

For firework tips and other information about fireworks in the City of Houston, visit houstonfire.org