Waterparks, bingo, fireworks: 10 things to do in the Greater Houston area this Fourth of July

From barbecue to beer, shelter dogs to water parks, there are plenty of things to do for Independence Day in the Greater Houston area.

From barbecue to beer, shelter dogs to water parks, there are plenty of things to do for Independence Day in the Greater Houston area.

Whether you are singing karaoke, doing some goat yoga or just trying to find the perfect fireworks spot, the Greater Houston area has plenty of events this Independence Day.

Here is a list of five things to do in the Greater Houston area this Fourth of July.

Enjoy a parade
Come out and celebrate Independence Day at the 44th Annual South Montgomery County Fourth of July Parade. The 1.3-mile parade will have more than 140 floats with elected officials, military members and street performers. 8-11 a.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3975. www.4thofjuly.org

Take the kids to a museum
Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center is hosting a day of Independence Day activities for children. Captain American and Lady Liberty will be available for photos from noon to 2 p.m., and kids can make their own red, white and blue mask or crown all day. Veterans and active-duty military members get in for free, and their families receive a discount. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ticket prices vary. 198 Kempner St., Sugar Land. 832-742-2800. www.childrensdiscoveryfb.org

Play some bingo
Humble’s Chick-fil-A will host a brunch bingo for the whole family to win prizes. The breakfast menu will be served till noon, and the lunch menu will be available at 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free (entry). 9525 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Humble. 281-441-5108. www.chick-fil-a.com/wilsonbeltway8

Go to the waterpark
Cool off at Typhoon Texas Houston waterpark as it hosts a day of entertainers, including the Stephen Chadwick Band, Clint Daniels and Bri Bagwell. 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Typhoon Texas Houston, 555 S. Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy. 832-426-7071. www.typhoontexas.com

Get some beer
Bearded Fox Brew is hosting a July Fourth party with an early-bird special offering $4 beers and $9 crawlers, or three for $25. The special is going on from 2-5 p.m., but the party will go on until 10 p.m. Dogs are welcome. Free (entry). 11729 Spring Cypress Road Ste. R, Tomball. 832-761-7928. www.beardedfoxbrewing.com

Eat some barbecue
The public is invited to enjoy free smoked pork butt and burgers while the kids play on bounce houses at Faith Fellowship Church at Fort Bend. 4-6 p.m. Free. 2723 Kingsbrook Lane, Missouri City. 281-493-4352. www.faithfellowshipchurchfb.org

Do some patriotic goat yoga
Goat Yoga Texas is hosting a special yoga session, dressing up its entire herd of goats in red, white and blue. The class features a 45-minute lesson and a 30-minute photo session with the goats. Participants must bring their own yoga mat or beach towel. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $29. 18541 Mueschke Road, Cypress. 281-732-7833. www.GoatYogaTX.com

Read to shelter dogs
Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas is asking people to read, play music to or simply talk with shelter dogs in order to keep them calm during the fireworks. A BBQ meal will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. 6-9 p.m. $5. Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas, 8535 Hwy. 242, Conroe. 936-442-7738. www.mcaspets.org

Do some karaoke

Sing your heart out at The Jailhouse Saloon’s Fourth of July celebration. There will be karaoke and free food, followed by fireworks in the evening. 7-10 p.m. Free. 310 Preston Ave., Spring. 281-288-0255. www.jailhousesaloontx.com

Watch the fireworks
Here is a noncomprehensive list of free firework displays going on. Keep an eye on the weather in case of cancellations.

July Fourth Celebration and Street Festival
Business 249 and FM 2920, Tomball. 9:20 p.m. 281-351-5484

Red, Hot and Blue Festival
2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 9:30 p.m. 281-210-3800

Fourth of July at The Boardwalk Towne Lake
9945 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 9 p.m. 281-256-2772

Red, White and Boom
18355 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land. 9:40 p.m. 281-275-2045

Katy Freedom Celebration
1417 Ave. D, Katy. 9 p.m. 281-391-4800

Celebration of Freedom
4141 Bailey Road, Pearland. 9 p.m. 281-412-8900

4th of July Celebration
1122 Buffalo Run, Missouri City. 9:15 p.m. 281-403-8500
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