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For most Austinites, the 4th of July is a great time to enjoy parades, festivals and, of course, fireworks. From Georgetown to Kyle, there are so many places to watch fireworks light up the Texas sky this Independence Day. You may even be able to see them from your own backyard! Many of these celebrations include morning parades and fun festivals that last all day long. Festival games, carnival rides, food, patriotic costumes and live music are just some of the highlights of local Austin area 4th of July celebrations. Check out our list below to find out where to see fireworks in Austin this July 4th:
- 38th Annual Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks- Celebrate Independence Day with thousands of your fellow Austinites and the Austin Symphony Orchestra! Enjoy a patriotic musical selection performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra followed by the largest display of fireworks in the area. Although this event is usually held at Auditorium Shores, it has been moved to the Circuit of the Americas facility while the park is under construction. The fun starts at 4 pm with games and contests, followed by the orchestra performance at 8:30 pm and fireworks show at 9:30 pm. The event is FREE for everyone, so be sure to arrive early to enjoy all the fun!
- Wells Branch 4th Fest- The Wells Branch community in North Central Austin has a full day of 4th of July fun planned for Austin residents. The fun kicks off with a parade at 10 am, followed by family-friendly activities from 11 – 3 pm in Katherine Fleischer Park. There will be caricature artists, face painting, a rock wall, dunk tank, bungee bouncer and live music, just to name a few activities. The day concludes with a fireworks show over Willow Bend Pool after dark (around 9:30 pm). This event is FREE for the whole family.
- Westlake 4th of July Parade- Join the residents of Westlake for a 4th of July parade at 9 am. All entrants are invited to walk, drive, ride a horse, bike or enter a float in this community parade. After the parade, all residents are invited to a FREE festival at Northstar Bank. The whole family can enjoy game booths, food vendors, a dunk tank, bounce house and much more. There will even be contest for the most patriotic costumes (pets included), so don’t forget to dress up! While there won’t be any fireworks, this is a great way to celebrate Independence Day with the family.
- Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive In- For a unique 4th of July celebration, head to the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive In. The drive-in theater will be screening the patriotic film Independence Day followed by a digital fireworks display on the big screen. You may even catch views of live area fireworks from the drive-in. The film starts at 9 pm. Be sure to book your tickets early to reserve your spot. If you don’t want to bring your car, grab a few lawn chairs for the theater’s walk-in seating.
- Mueller 4th of July Parade and Pool Party- Everyone is invited to Austin’s Mueller community for an Independence Day parade and pool party. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their red, white and blue best to watch or march in the parade. The parade kicks off at 10 am and is followed by a festival and pool party at Ella Wooten Park. Refreshments will be served along with games and activities. If you love pie, sign up for the community’s pie eating contest.
- Freedom 5000 5K and Kid’s K- Kick off your Independence Day celebrations with an early morning 5K at Camp Mabry. The Freedom 5000 benefits the Texas Military Forces Museum and Runtex Foundation. The event is open to all runners, competitive or not. The 5K starts at 8 am and is followed by the Kid’s K at 9 am. All kids will receive a participation trophy and adults will be awarded by age group.
- Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival- The whole family is invited to this FREE event hosted at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave. Shop at over 75 art vendor booths as well as the shops in the Hill Country Galleria. There will be crafts, games and carnival rides the kids will love. For rumbling tummies, Texas barbecue and other treats will be served. Live music will keep the party going all through the evening. The festival starts at 4 pm and concludes with not one, but two fireworks shows! The kids show is held at 9 pm, while the grand finale kicks off at 11 pm. Unlike other events on our list, this event is held on Saturday, June 28th.
- Bob Schneider’s 4th of July Bash- Join Bob Schneider at the Nutty Brown Café for his annual 4th of July performance. This event is open to the whole family with a moon bounce for the kids. Advanced tickets are $17, while day of admission is $22, so book early to save a few bucks! The show starts at 6 pm and the evening concludes with a grand fireworks show!
- Independence Day at Pioneer Farms- Celebrate the 4th of July pioneer style at Austin’s Pioneer Farms. This old-fashioned celebration will be held from 10 am to 5 pm and admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids. Ride in a horse-drawn wagon, enjoy live music and even catch a historical reenactment throughout the day. Challenge your friends at the watermelon seed-spitting contest. While there aren’t any fireworks scheduled, this event is a great way to celebrate Independence Day.
- Red, White and Buda- There’s no better way to experience a small-town celebration that in downtown Buda. All kids are invited to participate in the Children’s Parade down Main Street at 9 am. Dress up in your 4th of July best for the costume contest, where awards will be given for the most patriotic, most decorative and most creative costume. Kids can play on the water slide and bounce house and also see a magician perform after the parade from 9:30 to 11 am. Afterward, join Buda residents at City Park for a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 pm.
- 4th of July Parade and Celebration- Cedar Park’s 4th of July celebration kicks off with a community parade at 10 am. Come out in your Independence Day best to watch or join the parade. The celebration starts at 4 pm with carnival rides, a moon bounce, hamster balls, rock wall, super slides and food vendors. Live music will be performed throughout the day. The celebration concludes with an amazing fireworks show. Entry is free for all attendees, but some rides and activities do require a fee.
- “Fire in the Sky” 4th of July Celebration- Come out to Dripping Spring’s Ranch Park for a fun-filled evening and fabulous fireworks show! The kids can enjoy a bounce house, snow cones and other activities from 7 pm – 10 pm. When it gets dark, grab your blankets and lawn chairs and sit back to enjoy the amazing “fire in the sky” fireworks show.
- SERTOMA Annual 4th of July Celebration- Join Georgetown’s own SERTOMA club for their 31st annual parade, festival and fireworks show. The popular event attracts 5,000 to 6,000 people throughout the day for food, live music and festival games. The day starts with a “Hometown Parade” at 11 am. At San Gabriel Park, visitors can enjoy craft vendors, food vendors, live music and activities for the kids. After dark (around 9:30 pm), enjoy the fabulous fireworks display that can be seen all over Georgetown.
- Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Show- Kyle residents can celebrate Independence Day at the Plum Creek Golf Course. From 6 – 9 pm, everyone is invited to the course’s clubhouse for free live music. Food, drinks and snacks will be sold throughout the event and parking is available for a donation to the Masonic Lodge. The fireworks will launch around 9 pm and can be seen from all over Kyle. As long as you can see the water tower, you will have a great view of the fireworks!
- Lakeway July 4th Celebration- Join the city of Lakeway to salute citizen soldiers during the city’s July 4th celebration. The festivities kick off with a parade at 8:30 am. Bring out your best decorations for your parade entry, since all entries will be judged for patriotic awards. The Pageant of Flags will be held at the Lakeway Activity Center following the parade at 10:30 am. To cool off during the day, head to the Lakeway Swim Center, where admission is $3 per person from noon to 9 pm. Join Lakeway residents at the neighborhood block party at 7 pm for live music, laser tag, a rock wall and so much more! The evening concludes with a fireworks display around 10 pm. The fireworks display depends upon the area’s drought conditions.
- Shore Club Volente Beach Fireworks- Come out to the shores of Lake Travis on Saturday, July 5th for a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks will be launched at dusk. Admission to the waterpark is only $8 after 8 pm to view the fireworks show. The park will also be open throughout the day for those who want to enjoy a day of water fun.
- Liberty Fest- If you’re looking for a great celebration with fun for the whole family, Leander is the place to be. Across the street from the HEB Plus, this free event kicks off with the National Anthem and presentation of the colors at 6 pm. Food and craft vendors will be scattered throughout the space. Kids can play on the bounce houses and enjoy other activities. Live music headliners Roger Creager and Bri Bagwell will be performing, as well. At 9:10 pm, fireworks will light up the night sky! Afterward, stick around for Roger Creager’s encore show.
- Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival- Lake Pflugerville is the destination for local residents to celebrate the 4th of July. Starting at 3 pm, attendees can enjoy live music on two stages, watercraft rentals, food and drink vendors and activities for the whole family. Catch the spectacular fireworks show over the water at around 9 pm. Everyone is invited for this pfree, pfamily-pfriendly event!
- Frontier Days Celebration- Round Rock’s annual Independence Day celebration promises to be one of the most spectacular ever! The day kicks off with a 4th of July parade in downtown Round Rock at 10 am, followed by a small celebration in Main Street Plaza, with caricatures, face painting and balloon artists from 11 am – 1 pm. The Frontier Days festival kicks off at noon at Old Settlers Park and is jam-packed with carnival rides, live music, dancing, pig races, rubber duck race, jalapeno eating contest and plenty of activities for the kids. The grand finale of the day is the fireworks show right after dark. Stick around for movies in the park with Despicable Me 2 after the fireworks. Best of all, this event is FREE for the whole family!
- Round Rock Express Friday Night Fireworks- What better way is there to spend Independence Day than by watching America’s pastime? Come out and cheer on the Round Rock Express baseball team as they take on the Nashville Sounds on July 4th at 7pm. The game concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the outfield. There’s even a playground for the little ones to enjoy during the dame. Be sure to reserve your seats early for the best view of the fireworks.