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10 Things to Do Over Fourth of July Weekend 2017 in Austin

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Updated: 9 June 2017
Americans across the United States will celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, and each state celebrates in its own special way. Austin offers a combination of classic, patriotic events with a Texan twist. Listen to country music underneath the stars, compete in a corn dog-eating contest, or try a new beer. Culture Trip has rounded up 10 local events to help you make the most of America’s birthday.
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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Tuesday, July 4th

Perhaps the most Texan way to celebrate the Fourth of July is at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic. Returning to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the third year, the legendary country music singer hosts one of America’s most celebrated festivals—now in its 44th year. Featured artists include Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Asleep at the Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, and more. Doors open at 11 am, and the party lasts all night. For a full list of artists and to buy tickets, check out the Austin 360 Amphitheater website.

COTA, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX, USA

Round Rock Express Game

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Round Rock Express Game

Tuesday, July 4th

If Willie Nelson’s picnic is the most Texan way to celebrate July 4th, a game of baseball is the most American. Celebrate America’s independence at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Austin’s home team, the Express, will don special, patriotic uniforms in a game against visiting team the Memphis Redbirds. Buy beer, enjoy a hot dog, and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stage. Afterward, snuggle up to loved ones during a spectacular post-game fireworks show.

Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX, USA, +1 512 255 2255

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7th Annual Corn Dog Eating Contest

Tuesday, July 4th

For a $20 entry fee, the Black Sheep Lodge invites participants to “celebrate our freedom to eat as damn much as we can as fast as we can.” Starting at 2 pm, contenders in the 7th Annual Corn Dog Eating Contest vie for a $250 cash prize, consuming as many corn dogs as possible in eight minutes. All entry fees and a portion of sales benefit local charities, and each contestant receives a free commemorative T-shirt.

Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 707 2744

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Fourth of July Soundwave at the Wet Deck

Sunday, July 2nd

As temperatures start to soar, the coolest place to cool down in Austin is the W Hotel. Independence Day weekend will be no exception, as the W Austin presents Soundwave, with musical guests on the hotel’s stylish patio. The party starts on Sunday, July 2nd at 12 pm and goes until sundown. Tickets are $20, with beats by Bird Peterson and special guests. The lineup continues on both Monday and Tuesday with Soundwave Weekenders. Grab your shades and hit the deck!

W Austin, 200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 542 3600

The W Hotel in Downtown Austin | © Hannah Phillips

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Independence Day at the Drive-In

Saturday, July 1st; Monday, July 3rd; Tuesday, July 4th

A classic American icon meets a classic Fourth of July film—the Blue Starlite brought the great American drive-in back to Austin and will maintain its annual screening of Independence Day for three days on July 1st, July 3rd, and July 4th. The show starts at 9 pm, followed by an on-screen, High Definition Digital Fireworks show and black light party. Reserve your car slot for $15, plus $8 for additional passengers. And don’t forget to buy concessions.

Blue Starlite South Austin, 12419 Lowden Lane, Manchaca, TX, USA, +1 512 850 6127

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Austin Symphony 4th of July Concert and Fireworks (41st annual)

Tuesday, July 4th

Of course, the best fireworks display takes place in downtown Austin, hosted by HEB and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Now in its 41st year, the show is the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state, with tens of thousands of families dressed in patriotic colors at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores). Backed by symphonic classics, the pyrotechnics burst over the beautiful skyline at 9:30 pm, but arrive early to claim your picnic spot in the grass!

The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside Drive, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 474 5664

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Rowing Dock

Tuesday, July 4th

For a more immersive experience, enjoy the fireworks from the best seat in the house—a kayak on Lady Bird Lake. While rental facilities normally close at sunset, Rowing Dock will re-open at 7:45 pm for this event; kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards are by reservation with prepayment only. Arrive early to allow enough time for paddling to Auditorium Shores by 8:30 pm when the music starts.

Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 459 0999

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Hill Country Galleria Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4th

The Hill Country’s favorite family-friendly Independence Day festival returns to the Galleria on July 4th, where guests can enjoy shopping, dining, live music, and fireworks. The lineup includes The Watters and Vallejo, with fireworks beginning at 9 pm. Bring chairs and blankets and a picnic, or enjoy any of the Galleria’s 20-plus restaurants and food options. Vendors will line the plaza all day for outdoor shopping, and parking/admission is always free.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX, USA, +1 512 263 0001

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Bob Schneider’s 4th of July Bash

Saturday, July 1st

For more fireworks fun, celebrate Independence Day with Austin’s homegrown troubadour Bob Schneider at one of the city’s favorite outdoor venues, the Nutty Brown Cafe. The party starts on Saturday, July 1st at 6 pm, and general admission tickets are just $20. Get there early to catch the opening acts, and stay late to enjoy the fireworks show.

Nutty Brown Cafe and Amphitheater, 12225 US-290, Austin, TX, USA

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Independence Day Taco Revolución Celebration

Saturday, July 1st

Start your Independence Day celebrations early with a collaborative event between Independence Brewing Company and Tacos of Texas. The pair is launching a new brew, Revolución Saison Ale, and will be celebrating with tacos, a Lone Star State favorite. General admission is free with a RSVP, but a $45 VIP ticket comes with unlimited beer and snacks in the air-conditioned VIP room by Taquero. Guests will enjoy a great lineup of live music, meet the authors of the new book The Tacos of Texas, taste tacos from around the state, and be the first to taste the new Revolución Saison Ale.

Independence Brewing Co., 3913 Todd Ln #607, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 707 0099

This isn't our usual First Saturday…. 🌮🍻 Independence Brewing Co. and @tacosoftexas are coming together to launch Revolución Saison Ale and celebrate Tacos — the national food of Tejas. . . First there was el book. Now there’s la cerveza. The Tacos of Texas and Independence Brewing are taking the tacos to a whole 'nother level with Revolución Saison Ale. It’s a perfect compliment to your carne asada, fajitas, carnitas or even tacos al pastor. So Tejas, join the Revolución and wash down your tacos with our Saison! . . So let’s celebrate the Revolución this Independence Day! Music brought to you by @austinmusicfoundation . . Rsvp or purchase your VIP tickets today via @dojouratx https://dojour.us/e/4425-independence-day-taco-revolucion-celebration . . . #craftbeer #texascraftbeer #atx #tacos #tacosofinstagram #tacosoftexas #tacos🌮

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