America was born on July 4, 1776, with the passage of the Declaration of Independence. Today we reflect upon its meaning as we celebrate our great country 235 years later. The Declaration announced to the world that the American colonies were free and independent states. This alone does not make the document or America revolutionary. What is revolutionary about the Declaration is not that a particular group of Americans declared their independence under particular circumstances, but that they did so by appealing to a universal standard of justice: equality. What is revolutionary about America is that it is built upon a foundation of universal principles, not petty interests.
All countries celebrate something that is theirs: The French celebrate Bastille Day, Canada has Canada Day, and Spain honors Christopher Columbus. Only America celebrates a set of principles that apply to all men. The Declaration of Independence serves as a philosophical statement of America’s first principles. It affirms that all men are equal by nature and therefore have certain inalienable rights. Government is not in the business of granting rights, making everyone alike, or ensuring that everyone is happy. Operating by the consent of the governed, government has as its purpose to secure liberty and allow individuals to govern themselves and pursue their ambitions.
CHECK OUT ALL THAT IS HAPPENING NEAR SCOTLAND YARD ON THE 4TH OF JULY!
Location: Eleanor Tinsley Park
Date and Time: July 4 from 4pm-10pm
Price: $8 per person; Under 5 free
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for this one-of-a-kind patriotic event that is done with a style that is all Houston. The iconic Houston skyline will set the backdrop for an extraordinary patriotic celebration at Mayor Annise Parker’s official Fourth of July event, Freedom over Texas. Prolific singer-songwriter and Houston son, Clint Black and double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter Josh Turner will headline the 29-year-old annual event on the Southwest Airlines Stage that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display by Citgo.
July 4th Celebration at Bayou Bend
Location: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Date and Time: July 4 from 1pm-5pm
With performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and much more, join the the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to celebrate Independence Day at Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings. A reading of the Declaration of Independence beings at 3pm on the Diana Terrace of the Bayou Bend house and will be followed by birthday cake. And don’t forget to sign the giant replica of the Declaration of Independence before you leave to remind us the freedom and privileges we have in this country.
Date and Time: July 3-5 from 7pm-10pm
The July 4 weekend welcomes four nights of free concerts plus an Independence Day fireworks spectacular to CityCentre. Festivities begin on July 3 with classic rock band Legendary Rhythm Bandits from 7pm until 10pm and continue on July 4 with 90’s country tunes from Mustache The Band starting at 7pm and a fireworks spectacular at 9:30pm.
Enjoy an evening with the Houston Symphony and conductor, Steven Reineke as they play patriotic classics. Be sure to stay for the finale of 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons, which will be followed by the fireworks spectacular provided by Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Open seating will be available on the hill while free tickets will also be available while they last for the covered seating area. Tickets can be picked up at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the event between 10:30am – 1pm.