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7 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July Around Austin

Grab your red, white and blue and take advantage of all the summer fun

This Fourth of July, Austinites have many opportunities to gather with fellow Texans at events in and around the city. From enjoying classic barbecue to watching fireworks on Town Lake or taking in a patriotic parade, below are Austin’s best celebrations being held in honor of Independence Day.

fireworks at Q2 Stadium
Photo courtesy of Q2 Stadium

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks continues its run again this year at Austin FC’s Q2 Stadium. Starting at noon, family and friends can gather to see Willie Nelson & Family, Tyler Childers, Dwight Yoakam, Shakey Graves, Shane Smith & the Saints, Sierra Ferrell, Asleep at the Wheel, and Particle Kid. Doors open at 1 p.m. and attendees can buy tickets on the Austin FC website.

Photo by Jerry Hayes

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks

The H-E-B Austin Symphony’s July 4th Concert and Fireworks celebration is back. This year, Vic Mathias Shores — formerly known as Auditorium Shores — will light up the sky with fireworks over the Austin skyline. Planned, produced and performed by the Austin Symphony, the event will feature a concert at 8:30 p.m. and “mile-high” fireworks that are free and open to the public. The celebration kicks off at 8 p.m.

Fourth of July concert
Photo by Brian Birzer Photography

Hill Country Galleria’s Independence Day Festival

Gear up for the holiday by celebrating with the Hill Country Galleria at their annual Independence Day Festival. Starting at 4 p.m., Austinites and visitors can visit the Hill Country for free, with access to live music performances, art vendors, water games, fair rides, face painting for kids — and maybe even adults — plus a firework show. The celebration’s live music will feature performances from Rock Bottom String Band, The Tierras, Vallejo, and more.

Photo by Josh Garza

4th of July Fireworks on Lady Bird Lake

Join the Rowing Dock for the much-anticipated July 4th Concert and Fireworks Show on Lady Bird Lake where you can experience all the spectacle from the water on a stand up paddle board, kayak, or canoe. Get tickets to reserve your preferred watercraft then plan to check in between 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. for your experience. Attendees can experience the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge and the melodies of the Austin Symphony from afar, all while experiencing a fireworks display.

Photo courtesy of the City of Lakeway

Lakeway’s Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration

Lakeway and Austin residents can enjoy Lakeway’s Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration. Gather on Lakeway Drive at 8:30 a.m. for a Fourth of July parade, directly followed by an American hot dog reception at 9:30 a.m. at the Lakeway Activity Center — complete with live music, food and games.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Round Rock

Sertoma Independence Day Parade

In the heart of Round Rock, catch the patriotic spirit at the annual Sertoma Independence Day Parade, starting at 8:30 a.m on July 4. Back and better than ever, the parade will feature giant helium and cold-air inflatables. The 1.5-mile parade route will run along Mays Street between Mays Crossing and Highway 79. Following the parade, the city of Round Rock will continue to celebrate with a Fourth of July festival, carnival, music and traditional fireworks.

Photo courtesy of the City of Buda

Red, White & Buda

Head down to Red, White & Buda to start your Fourth with a bike parade down Main Street, followed by games, a vendor market and evening fireworks at the Buda Amphitheater. Following a 9 a.m. bike parade on July 4, attendees can catch a fireworks celebration at dusk, along with live performances by Honeymoon Austin and the Austin Nines at the Buda Amphitheater, all free and open to the public.

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