Vice Mayor Pro Tem Castex-Tatum Leads July 4th Gun Saftety Billboard Campaign and Holiday Sting with HPD

As we get closer to the 4th of July holiday, it is important that we amplify our message of the dangers of firing guns in the air to celebrate. Firing guns into the air during holiday celebrations is a recurring practice that poses both legal and safety risks. In Houston and Harris County, numerous arrests have been carried out in recent years in response to people engaging in this dangerous behavior. We strongly encourage residents who have information about individuals responsible for firing guns to contact HPD and to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS(8477). Your cooperation in reporting such incidents plays a crucial role in maintaining public safety. If your anonymous tip leads to an arrest you could be eligible for up to a $5K reward.

Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex-Tatum, has allocated overtime dollars to HPD Southwest Command Station for additional patrol in neighborhoods where we know residents have reported and continue to complain about hearing gunshots. The Brays Oaks Management District has also joined our quest by allocating overtime funds for HPD officers from the Gessner Station to also patrol areas of concern. An additional sergeant and six officers from each station will patrol the identified neighborhoods starting Saturday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 4th during the hours of 8pm to 2am. By increasing police presence this holiday season, it is our hope to deter not only the gunshots being fired in the air but also the unlawful fireworks in the city limits. Leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Thank you Clear Channel Outdoor for joining with us and having 41 billboards across the city and county to reiterate our messaging. The goal is to effectively reach a wide audience and encourage celebrating responsibly. Stray bullets can kill. What goes up, must come down.

Let’s make this 4th of July a safe and fun holiday time for everyone.

Solid Waste Management
July 4th Holiday Collection Services Schedule

In observance of the July 4th Federal Holiday, the Solid Waste Management Department services schedule is changed. There will be no collection services Tuesday, July 4, 2023, and all Solid Waste Management facilities and administrative offices will be closed. Tuesday’s trash will be collected Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

View the pick up schedule below. Visit the Solid Waste Management holiday schedule web page for additional information: Solid Waste Management.

Shell Freedom Over Texas
July 4th Celebration

Celebrate the July 4th Holiday safely! Bring your family and friends to the Shell Freedom Over Texas, Houston’s official Fourth of July celebration. Come out to the Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks and enjoy family-friendly fun and activities, food, and live entertainment.

This year’s line-up for live entertainment include:

  • Headliner, Chris Young
  • Yola
  • TMF
  • Cupid
  • Keesha Pratt Band
  • Step Rideau
  • Payton Howie
  • Los Luceros de Rioverde
  • Uncle Jumbo
  • Joey

Exhibits and festivities include:

  • Bud Light Bayou Bash — lawn games
  • Dr. Pepper Flavor Zone — live music, professional sports teams, dancing and Dr. Pepper floats
  • DICK’S Sporting Goods All-American Kids Zone — entertainment and activities for the kids
  • Liberty Park – Symbol of Freedom and salute to all military veterans and those currently serving our country, and a NASA Space City Experience

Tickets are only $10; children 5 years old and younger are free. Visit SHELL FREEDOM OVER TEXAS for more information.

Click for Freedom Over Texas Tickets

Shell Freedom Over Texas
Street Closures

SUNDAY, JULY 2, 7:00 A.M. – WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 5:00 A.M.

  • Allen Parkway north and southbound exit ramps from I-45 (South and North Freeways)
  • Allen Parkway outbound at Bagby
  • Allen Parkway inbound at Taft
  • (No access to I-45 S/Heiner/Crosby until 5:00 P.M. on WEDNESDAY, JULY 5)
  • Sabine Street at Memorial Drive & at the Bridge
  • Sabine Street at Bridge, blocking south bound traffic to Allen Parkway
  • Gillette Street (mid-block) by Federal building (after apartment entrance)
  • Walker & Sabine access blocked to Allen Parkway and Sabine Street.
  • I-45 North on-ramp and the loop to McKinney remains open
  • Crosby Street at W. Dallas Street
  • Heiner Street at W. Dallas Street


TUESDAY, JULY 4, 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.

  • Bagby northbound at Dallas
  • Lamar between Smith and Bagby
  • Brazos St. at Dallas


TUESDAY, JULY 4, 3:00 P.M – 11:00 P.M

  • Bagby southbound at Rusk


TUESDAY, JULY 4, 5:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M.

  • Silver Street at Memorial Drive
  • Sawyer Street at Washington Avenue
  • Allen Parkway inbound at Waugh
  • Allen Parkway Service Road at Montrose Boulevard (access to residents at all times)
  • Memorial Drive inbound at Waugh Drive
  • Memorial Drive outbound at Bagby


TUESDAY, JULY 4, 9:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (SHELL Fireworks Display)

  • Sabine Street between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive


***The Buffalo Bayou Waterway will be closed on TUESDAY, JULY 4, from 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. between the Capitol Street Bridge and Montrose Boulevard / Studemont Street.

HPD Southwest Command Bike Ride
Tour de Clarke

Grab your cycling gear and come out to the Houston Police Department (HPD) Southwest Command and the Hiram Clarke Storefront Association bike ride as we Tour de Clarke! We will ride along the trails in the Hiram Clarke for 7 miles.

If you don’t have a bike and or gear, there will be a limited supply of loaners.

Come ride with us Saturday, July 1, 2023, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. We will start at the HPD Southwest Command Station at 13097 Nitida Street.

Street Rehabilitation in South Main Plaza

Streets in South Main Plaza will soon be rehabilitated with asphalt and mill overlay. The construction is scheduled to begin July 1, 2023 and is expected to be completed August 2023. See attached map for streets receiving overlays. We are looking forward to these improved streets for better mobility throughout the community.
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