Freedom Over Texas Road Closures, Event Safety Tips

This year Houstonians will celebrate more than three decades of July 4th music and fireworks on Buffalo Bayou in Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks. The city’s signature tribute to patriotism – CITGO Freedom Over Texas – returns with NEW live music acts and stunning fireworks, Thursday, July 4th from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Visit https://www.houstontx.gov/july4/ more for event details.

Road Closures

Closed through Friday, July 5 at 2 p.m.

  • Allen Pkwy north and southbound exit ramps from I-45 (South and North Freeways)
  • Allen Pkwy outbound at Bagby
  • Allen Pkwy inbound at Taft (Note: No access to I-45 S/Heiner/Crosby until 3 p.m. on Friday, July 5)
  • Sabine St at Memorial Dr
  • Gillette St at W. Dallas St
  • Gillette (east curb lane only) between W. Dallas and Allen Pkwy
  • Walker access blocked to Allen Pkwy and Sabine St
  • I-45 North on-ramp and the loop to McKinney remains open

Closed through Friday, July 5 at 3 p.m.

  • Allen Pkwy inbound entrance ramp to I-45 South (taper)
  • Crosby St at W. Dallas St
  • Heiner St at W. Dallas St

Thursday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Bagby northbound at Dallas
  • Bagby southbound at McKinney
  • Lamar btwn Smith and Bagby
  • Note: Relocate message boards to West Dallas at Crosby and Allen Pkwy at Gillette per I-45 S, Crosby and Heiner St closures

Thursday, July 4 from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

  • Silver St at Memorial Dr
  • Sawyer St at Washington Ave
  • Allen Pkwy inbound at Waugh
  • Allen Pkwy Service Road at Montrose Blvd (access to residents at all times)

Thursday, July 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

  • Memorial Dr inbound at Waugh Dr
  • Memorial Dr outbound at Bagby

Thursday, July 4 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Citgo Fireworks Display)

  • Sabine St between Allen Pkwy and Memorial Dr

***The Buffalo Bayou Waterway will be closed on Thursday, July 4 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. between the Capitol St Bridge and Montrose Blvd / Studemont St.

Safety & Security

Warm Weather Expected

Skies are expected to clear and warm weather is expected to return in time for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration. The Houston Health Department recommends that residents take the following steps to keep themselves cool:

  • Increase water consumption.
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
  • Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
  • Seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: malls, movie theaters, libraries, multi-service centers, etc.

Event Safety Tips

As with any public event, the main goal is to keep everyone safe. With that in mind, please remember to be vigilant about what is going on around you. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. For a list of things to look for, visit iwatchhouston.org.

View a full list of event rules and regulations: https://www.houstontx.gov/july4/2019_rules_and_regs.pdf

Houston Fire Department

The use of fireworks is not only illegal in the City and parts of the County, but they are also very dangerous. It is illegal to discharge fireworks in the City of Houston.

The City will continue to enforce, in compliance with state law, fire and safety regulations within the city.

Harris County residents should also be aware that the Houston Fire Department will be enforcing the fireworks ban in the Limited Purpose Annexation Areas.

The fines are anywhere from $500 – $2,000 for each individual firework.

Citizens should report all complaints regarding the illegal use of fireworks directly to the Houston Police Department Tel-communicator (non-emergency) at 713-884-3131. If a citizen believes that there may be a fire and/or medical emergency related to the use of fireworks, he/she should dial 9-1-1 and request the Houston Fire Department.

BARC Pet Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

Though the 4th of July is an exciting time to celebrate with friends and family, it is important to ensure the safety of your pet if they are joining in the fun.

Never use fireworks around pets. Lit fireworks can result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face of curious pets, but even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many contain potentially toxic substances. Additionally, the loud noises can cause pain for their sensitive ears.

Placing your pets in the quietest area of the home may help to make them feel safer. Closed curtains and noise from the radio or TV may also help to drown the noise.

Houston Police Department

The Houston Police Department reminds residents that celebratory gunfire is illegal and dangerous. Remember when discharging a firearm: what goes up, must come down. HPD will be out in force looking for individuals that are engaging in this dangerous behavior.

Do not drink and drive: HPD encourages residents to travel safely and please use a ride share service, catch a sober ride, or utilize public transit if needed.

For more information about the Freedom Over Texas event, visit https://www.houstontx.gov/july4/