Although July 4th falls on a weekday this year, there's no shortage of fun activities that celebrate American Independence Day in Austin. Festivals, parades and concerts are just some of the family-friendly events happening in the Austin area for July 4th. Of course, there are many venues to watch Austin 4th of July fireworks in 2013; some may even be in your own backyard! Put on your red, white and blue and celebrate freedom and the American spirit in Texas-style at the many festivals happening all around Austin.
Things to do in the Austin area this 4th of July:
- Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks- This Austin tradition is the largest event and display of 4th of July fireworks in Austin, TX, with over 100,000 people attending each year. Austinites gather on the grassy hills of Auditorium Shores at the Long Center to enjoy a patriotic performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Musical selections include the well-known Overture of 1812 and other patriotic pieces. The venue opens at 4pm with many concession stands and vendors with fun activities for everyone. The concert begins at 8:30pm, with the grand finale accompanied by a magnificient fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake at 9:30pm. Admission is FREE for everyone, so pack up a picnic, bring your lawn chairs and celebrate Independence Day with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
- Lonestar Riverboat Cruises- For a special Independence Day experience, try watching the spectacular 4th of July Austin 2013 fireworks show on the water. Lonestar Riverboat Cruises charters two riverboats for regular tours of Lady Bird Lake, and offers special riverboat cruises for Independence Day. Enjoy the beautiful sunset while you drift down the tranquil waters of Lady Bird Lake. Afterwards, catch the grand fireworks display by the Austin Symphony from your front row seat on the water. Check out their website for more details, and be sure to call early to secure your reservation on one of these special cruises!
- Freedom 5000 5K and Kid's K- Start your Independence Day celebration early by participating in the Freedom 5000 5K and Kid's K at Austin's Camp Mabry on July 4th. The run will start at 8am with the Kid's K following at 9am. This event is open to everyone from competitive runners to families with pets and strollers. Competitors can be timed and awards will be given by age group. All participants must register ($30 for adults and $10 for kids) and event proceeds benefit the Texas Military Forces Museum and the RunTex Foundation.
- Wells Branch 4th Fest- Come celebrate the 20th year of the Wells Branch 4th fest at Katherine Fleischer Park organized by the Wells Branch Municipal Utility District. The festivities begin at 10am with a patriotic parade around the park, followed by a carnival in the park with concessions and fun activities like face painting, a dunk tank and a rock wall. Many entertainers will be performing at "the big tent", including musicians, a ventrioloquist and a magician! The festival concludes with a fireworks display over Willow Bend Pool. This is a great event for families, and admission is FREE for everyone.
- Mueller 4th of July Parade and Pool Party- For a fun, local neighborhood celebration, check out the 4th of July parade and pool party organized by the Mueller Neighborhood Association. The parade begins at 10am, and everyone is invited to participate. Decoration is mandatory for participants, and that includes anyone or anything that can be covered in red, white and blue. Observers are also encouraged to show their patriotic spirit by dressing up. The parade travels from Lake Park to Ella Wooten Park, where the pool party will be held. Food, drinks and activities will be available to everyone at this FREE event until noon.
- Allandale 4th of July Parade- Join the patriotic celebration in Allandale for their annual July 4th Parade. Everyone is invited to participate and show their red, white and blue spirit. The parade begins and 9am and the route follows Bullard Drive and ends at Gullet Elementary. Local scout troops and other organizations will be selling hot dogs and other treats as a fundraiser after the parade. Observers are also encouraged to consider bringing an unwrapped gift for Operation Blue Santa.
- Blue Starlight Drive-In Theater- Have a throwback celebration at Austin's drive-in movie theater the Blue Starlight Drive-In on East 51st Street on July 4th. The theater will be screening the popular film Independence Day and showing their own on-screen fireworks display before and after the film. If you prefer not to drive your car, walk-in seating is also available. The venue opens at 7pm and the film begins at 8:45pm. Prices vary depending on concession packaged and lot sizes, so check out the event website to buy tickets and reserve your spot.
- Red, White and Buda- Experience a small-town Fourth of July celebration at Buda City Park. The celebration begins with a children's parade down Main Street at 9am. Bikes, scooters, strollers and participants will be decked out in red, white and blue for the parade. Afterward, many kid-friendly activities will be available in Buda City Park, including an obstacle course, bounce house and a slip-n-slide, from 9am to 11am. In the evening, everyone is invited to the city park for a fireworks display at 9:30pm.
- 4th of July Celebration- Come out to Milburn Park in Cedar Park for a grand hometown celebration. Admission is FREE to the park and there are many family-friendly activities going on throughout the day. The concessions and activity booths open at 4pm and live music will be featured all day. Cool off at the Milburn Park Pool which is open from 1pm to 8pm (standard pool admission is charged). Wrap up the day by watching the grand fireworks display around 9:15pm.
- Sertoma 4th of July Celebration- Join the Georgetown Sertoma Club for their 30th annual 4th of July Celebration at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown. The festivities kick off with a "Hometown Parade" around San Gabriel Park at 11am. 60 activities booths and 30 food vendors will be all over the park, including games, a petting zoo and arts and crafts stations. After a day of family fun, settle down and enjoy the fireworks display viewable from all over Georgetown. The grand fireworks finale will begin around 9:30pm.
- Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show- For an evening celebration, come out to the Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle to enjoy their fireworks show showering over the golf course. From 6pm to 9pm, a pre-show celebration will be held at the Plum Creek Clubhouse. Food, drinks and snacks will be sold and live music performed by local artists. If you can't make it out to the Clubhouse, the fireworks show is viewable from all over Kyle (just make sure you can see the watertower).
- July 4th Celebration- Enjoy Fourth of July festivities in Lakeway at their annual July 4th Celebration. The day begins at 8:30am with a parade along Lakeway Drive. Parade entries will be judged and awards presented at 10:30am at the Lakeway Activities Center. Catch the Pageant of the Flags and the address given by the parade Grand Marshal at 10:30am as well. From noon to 9pm, the Lakeway Swim Center will be open for anyone who wants to cool off during the day ($3 admission). Don't miss the neighborhood block party at 7pm at the Swim Center where there will be plenty of fun activities for families. Finally, catch the fireworks display at 10 pm; the perfect way to end this spectacular celebration.
- Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival- Head out to Lake Pflugerville for an afternoon of fun family activities. Beginning at 4pm, live music performances will be taking place on two separate stages around the lake. A variety of food vendors and activity booths will also be set up along the lake. Families can also rent watercraft, like kayaks and canoes, to take out on the water. A spectacular fireworks display will occur around 9pm. Enjoy a day of pfamily-pfriendly patriotic pfun in Pflugerville.
- Frontier Days Celebration- Round Rock is the place to be for a fabulous July Fourth Celebration. The festivities begin in downtown Round Rock with the Sertoma July 4th Parade at 10 am. Fun activities like face painting and balloon twisters will be held at Main Street Plaza from 11am to 1pm. At noon in Old Settlers Park, the celebration continues with live performances and carnival rides. Unique contests like pepper eating and rubber duck racing will be held, and a kid-friendly activity zone will have many fun things for kids to enjoy. The grand finale of the day is the fireworks show at 9:30pm, a hallmark of all Frontier Days celebrations. Afterward, visitors can settle down and enjoy a movie in the park to end their fun-filled day.
- Round Rock Express Independence Day Fireworks- Spend the evening taking in America's pastime at the Round Rock Express baseball game versus the Omaha Storm Chasers on July 4th at the Dell Diamond. The game begins at 7pm, and the grand patriotic fireworks display will be launched after the game. Baseball fans will love the action of the game, while kids can enjoy the playground overlooking the outfield. Tickets are available, so be sure to reserve seats early to enjoy a great view of the fireworks.