From fireworks and parades to hot dog eating contests and cornhole tournaments, there are several ways to celebrate Independence Day across the Greater Houston area. This list is not comprehensive.

'Star-Spangled Salute'

Celebrate Independence Day with the annual "Star-Spangled Salute," a free concert at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion that features The Houston Symphony performing a selection of patriotic favorites under the direction of Jason Seber. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.Houston Fourth Fest

This inaugural Vintage Park event will include 5K, 9K and 17.76K races as well as a 1.775K run/walk geared toward families and kids. The event will also include a beer mile, a hot dog eating contest and virtual road race options. Prices increase after June 30.South County Fourth of July Parade

This 48th annual event will feature a 1.3-mile parade with marching bands, fire engines, clowns and floats. The parade route will run throughout The Woodlands Town Center and Market Street, beginning and ending at The Woodlands Methodist Church. Preparade activities and entertainment will begin at 8 a.m.Celebration of Independence Parade & Festival

The city of Bellaire will host a celebration with food, live music and two patriotic parades. The main parade will start at South Rice Avenue and Valerie Street, while the children’s bike parade will start at South Rice Avenue and Evergreen Street. Both parades will end at South Rice Avenue and Linden Street, and will be followed by a festival at Bellaire Town Square on the Great Lawn and in Loftin Park.51st Kingwood 4th of July Parade

This 51st annual event hosted by the Kingwood Civic Club and the Kingwood Rotary Club will include a parade beginning at Creekwood Middle School and ending at Kingwood High School. Prior to the parade, the Kingwood Civic Club will also host the kids fishing rodeo from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Foster's Mill Village Ponds and a bike rodeo at 9 a.m. in the Kingwood Bible Church parking lot.Red, Hot & Pool

In honor of Independence Day, The Woodlands Township will continue its festivities with a swimming event in which area pools will be adorned with patriotic decorations. Activities and refreshments will also be available for attendees to enjoy.4th of July Party at Home Run Dugout

Home Run Dugout will celebrate the Fourth of July with slip ‘n’ slides, a cornhole tournament, a hot dog eating contest and live music from Sol Flair.Town Center Park Independence Day Festival

Kingwood's Town Center Park will host its annual Fourth of July celebration with live music, fireworks, food trucks, craft vendors, ax throwing and a kid's zone.Freedom Over Texas

The city of Houston's annual event will feature live musical performances by Russell Dickerson, Jo Dee Messina and Chapel Hart in addition to food, beverages and a “Texas-sized” fireworks finale. Event parking will be available for a fee at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts parking garage and the Theatre District parking garages.Red, White and Boom

This Independence Day celebration takes place at The Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land. It features activities for residents of all ages, including live music, food and drinks, photo stations, carnival games, inflatables and concludes with a fireworks show.Valley Ranch 4th Fest

Valley Ranch will host a family-friendly Fourth of July celebration featuring shopping, food, yard games, a car show, hot dog and pie eating contests, a cash bar, and fireworks.Missouri City FourthFest

Missouri City's annual Fourth of July celebration will include free entertainment, carnival games, live musical performances, food and fireworks.4th of July Celebration at POST

Head to POST Houston for a rooftop view of the city of Houston's Freedom Over Texas fireworks show. The event will feature cirque performers, balloon artists, face painting, multiple bars, food and live music.Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza

This 27th annual event will feature food, live music, family activities and an 18-minute fireworks display. The Hughes Landing location will have minimal visibility due to trees; however, attendees can enjoy fireworks from Waterway Square and Rob Fleming Park.Freedom Fest

Old Town Spring will celebrate Independence Day with family-friendly activities and two parades.