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Weekend spangled with Independence Day events

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If you do a lap in the neighborhood today, keep count of the U.S. flags in your way. One of the nation’s most important holidays is upon Houstonians and, don’t forget, it will extend the weekend as well.

Freedom over Texas

Only two things are as glorious as the high-flying flag in Texas when Independence Day arrives: fireworks and country songs. Who needs an alien invasion to lift our spirits high, right? From 4 to 10 p.m. in Eleanor Tinsley Park, these two things will charge the atmosphere and wrap attendees in the purest kind of freedom.

Hot Air Balloonfest

Speaking of high-flying, be at Memorial City Mall from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday to hop on a, yes, hot air balloon! This event, the first of its kind in the town, will let you see H-Town the way Superman sees it for $10, or $5 if you are less than 12 years old. Portions of sales will be given to Memorial Assistance Ministries.

Star Spangled Salute

See the Houston Symphony call up the nation’s pride with Texas-centric tunes, hits from “Dirty Dancing,” an armed forces medley and cannon-filled salute. The event will happen at two places on two days: 8 p.m. July 3 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, where actual cannons will be used, and 8:30 p.m. July 4 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Both are free.

Coffee and Cars

Get ready, auto enthusiasts, for cars with the highest performance and highest prices are gathering. At this event, dream cars are made real, classic icons reemerge and, for once, a Ferrari is standing still for you to take a photo. Zoom down Saturday, from 8 to 10 a.m., to Memorial City Mall. Two things to remember before leaving the house: There is no charge at the door, and the camera is in the drawer.

Gospel Brunch

Great things in life tend to arrive one at a time, but one place in Houston is defying that notion. The House of Blues, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, will host an event featuring an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, local artists going all out with Gospel songs and an opportunity to dance to your heart’s content! Get tickets here.

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