Fireworks are banned by Harris County officials
Historic drought conditions prompted Commissioners Court on June 21 to extend a local outdoor burn ban through October and to unanimously support a disaster declaration by County Judge Ed Emmett that forbids the sale and use of all fireworks in unincorporated Harris County.
When combined with bans on fireworks in the 34 municipalities in Harris County, the declaration means there is nowhere in the county where it will be legal to sell or use fireworks - unless they are part of an approved and permitted public display conducted by a licensed pyrotechnic operator.
"We have canceled the fireworks this year because of the risk of fire," said Barbara Locke, sales and marketing manager of Towne Lake. "Next year it will be bigger and better," she added in an email.
Sam Houston Race Park canceled Fourth of July fireworks "due to a change in the live racing calendar and extremely dry conditions," according to its website.
Bridgeland also canceled its planned fireworks display due to drought conditions and planned to hold resident-only events for the holiday.
Coles Crossing Fourth of July parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Coles Crossing lap pool. The Fourth of July parade in Copperfield Southcreek Village starts at 10 a.m. at the Autumn Laurel Park.
For information about the outdoor burning ban or fireworks restrictions, call 281-436-8030.