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4th of July Events in and around Houston – Covid-19 Edition

4th of July Events in and around Houston – Covid-19 Edition

Like everything else in 2020, the 4th of July events in Houston will be a little different. Some of the events are virtual, while others have many new policies in place to ensure the public safety.

Whatever you choose to do this Independence Day – spending time with family, watching fireworks, spending time on the water, etc – we hope you stay safe and have a wonderful time! 

4th of July Events in and around Houston – Covid-19 Edition 

Shell Freedom over Texas

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Virtual Event 

Houston’s signature patriotic celebration is back with a 2020 approach. Shell Freedom Over Texas will feature a vigorous line up of live and virtual entertainers via broadcast and live streaming on Saturday, July 4th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Mayor Sylvester Turner’s mission is to uphold the health and safety of all Houstonians. This year, guests will not gather for the annual festival on Buffalo Bayou in Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks, but will honor the City’s cherished tradition under a new format.

"We will celebrate Houston's diversity and America's Freedom at the city's signature Independence Day event in a new way," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "This is an opportunity for us to recognize our community for its perseverance through the ongoing pandemic. I am personally grateful to our NEW title sponsor, Shell Oil Company, and NEW fireworks sponsor, Reliant. Their support means we can also honor organizations that have been on the frontlines during the health crisis. I am also grateful for our returning annual sponsors Walmart, Dr. Pepper, and Bud Light Seltzer, who continue to support this important community event."

The evening will kick off with a patriotic tribute by the Houston Symphony, followed by performances with guest artists Houston rappers, humanitarians and philanthropists, Bun B and Trae Tha Truth, nationally acclaimed mariachi band Mariachi Imperial De America, and Houston sibling Norteño trio Los Luzeros De Rioverde. Additional performers to be announced. The 3 hour event will be available via ABC13 Houston.

Independence Day Concert Series – City Centre Houston

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: 800 Town & Country Blvd

Houston, TX

Independence Day welcomes a concert series of live music that you don’t want to miss!*

Live Music schedule for Saturday, July 4:

12:30 - 2:30 PM: Applehead (Blues & Rock)

3 - 5 PM: KDK Band (Pop & Variety)

6 - 9 PM. People’s Choice Band (Country & Pop)

As a courtesy, no outside food or beverages are allowed. Our restaurants offer delicious menu items that can also conveniently be taken to-go.

*Weather permitting; Any changes to the day’s schedule of events will be communicated on CITYCENTRE’S Facebook and Instagram pages. Due to COVID19, we have decided to cancel our annual fireworks show.

City of Bellaire 4th of July Parade

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Bellaire, TX

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This year, we are bringing the parade to you!

Interested in being in the parade? Fill out form here! Contact Victoria Arevalo, 713-662-8291 for more information.

For more information, contact the Bellaire Recreation Center at 713-662-8280.

Click here to view a map of the parade route.

4th of July in The Woodlands

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: The Woodlands, TX

Due to COVID-19, please note the festival portion of the 2020 Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza has been cancelled. 

The 18-minute Red, Hot & Blue Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by St. Luke’s Hospital – The Woodlands, will be launched from the campus of Lone Star College – Montgomery at approximately 9:30 p.m. Experience both the sights and sounds of the Fireworks Extravaganza by tuning in to KSTAR Country 99.7 FM to broadcast the soundtrack live on www.kstarcountry.com or by downloading the app. The app can be found by searching “KSTAR Country Radio” in the App Store or on Google Play. 

Live video feed of the Fireworks Extravaganza will be available on Woodlands Online.

Fireworks will be visible from areas in the immediate vicinity of the college campus, as well as the west side of SH 242 near I-45, including The Woodlands College Park High School and various locations in the College Park Shopping Center. To ensure spectators have the best fireworks visibility possible, fireworks teaser shots will be fired at 9, 9:10 and 9:20 p.m.

Those planning to view the fireworks onsite should practice social distancing and continue following all guidelines recommended by the CDC while viewing the fireworks.

Galveston Island 4th of July Parade

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Downtown Galveston

Galveston Island will host its annual 4th of July Parade on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 10am.  The parade will begin at 25th Street and Santa Fe Place, continue south on 25th Street, then east on Postoffice Street, then north on 21st,  and continue west on The Strand back to 25th Street.

What Building 1,000 Homes Means to the U.S. Economy

What Building 1,000 Homes Means to the U.S. Economy

While this article from the National Association of Home Builders is referring to single family homes in its example, building townhouses or townhomes should be no different in impact. Home building of any kind is going to be a major contributor when it comes to restarting the economy, and it will help us all experience normal again. Continue reading the full article below.

What Building 1,000 Homes Means to the U.S. Economy

(NAHB), A new study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that housing stands poised to lead the economic rebound once social distancing and other virus mitigation efforts show success in containing the coronavirus pandemic.

Building 1,000 average single-family homes creates 2,900 full-time jobs and generates $110.96 million in taxes and fees for all levels of government to support police, firefighters and schools, according to NAHB’s National Impact of Home Building and Remodeling report. Similarly, building 1,000 average rental apartments generates 1,250 jobs and $55.91 million in taxes and revenue for local, state and federal government. Moreover, $10 million in remodeling expenditures creates 75 jobs and nearly $3 million in taxes.

“Before the coronavirus pummeled the U.S. economy, housing was on the rise with January and February new home sales numbers posting their highest reading since the Great Recession,” said NAHB Chairman Dean Mon, a home builder and developer from Shrewsbury, N.J. “The demand is clearly there, and as this study shows, we expect that housing will play its traditional role of helping to lead the economy out of recession later in 2020 when the pandemic subsides.”

The NAHB model shows that job creation through housing is broad-based. Building new homes and apartments generates jobs in industries that produce lumber, concrete, lighting fixtures, heating equipment and other products that go into a home remodeling project. Other jobs are generated in the process of transporting, storing and selling these products.

Additional jobs are generated for professionals such as architects, engineers, real estate agents, lawyers and accountants who provide services to home builders, home buyers and remodelers.

In another sign of the important role that housing plays in the economy, the Department of Homeland Security announced on March 28 that it had designated construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business,” meaning that construction could continue in places under stay-at-home orders. Although this designation is not binding to state and local governments, it does mean that there could be more workers on job sites in the coming weeks.

“Ensuring the health and safety of home builders and contractors is our top priority,” said Mon. “This is why NAHB and construction industry partners have developed a Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan specifically tailored to construction job sites. The plan is customizable and covers areas that include manager and worker responsibilities, job site protective measures, cleaning and disinfecting, responding to exposure incidents, and OSHA record-keeping requirements.”

The full National Impact of Home Building and Remodeling study can be found on nahb.org.