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10 Ways To Celebrate The 4th Of July In Austin

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Updated: 27 September 2016
Put on your best, red, white, and blue, and hit the town. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day in Austin, you’re in luck. Austin has plenty of celebrations from which to choose. Fireworks, food, music and lots of patriotism await you at these events. Grab the entire family and check them out.
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Cedar Park Fourth of July Parade and Festival

Cedar Park is hosting a Fourth of July parade and festival. The parade begins at 10 AM at Cedar Park Center. The parade route travels down Discovery Blvd and ends at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. Later in the day, head over to Milburn Park for a patriotic celebration. The festival runs from 4 PM to 10 PM. You can expect food, games, live music, bounce houses, face painting and free watermelon. Stick around after dark because there will be a fireworks show. The parade and festival are free.

Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park, TX, USA

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Austin Symphony Orchestra’s 40th Annual 4th of July Concert

Celebrate our nation’s freedom with patriotic tunes from the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Head out to Vic Mathias Shores wearing your best red, white, and blue for Austin Symphony Orchestra’s 40th Annual 4th of July Concert. The performance is on the lawn, so bring a blanket and sit amongst the thousands expected to attend. After the patriotic performance, stick around for a fireworks display. The orchestra performs at 8:30 PM, and fireworks are expected around 9:30 PM. The event is free, so there’s no reason not to stop by.

Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX, USA

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Independence Day Celebration at Hill Country Galleria

Head out to Bee Cave Fourth of July for free live music and fireworks. Hill Country Galleria is offering more than just shopping this holiday. Hill Country Galleria will host a celebration featuring live musical performances by Vallejo and KP & The Boom Boom. Start your night off with an early dinner at one of the Galleria’s great restaurants. Then head out to the Amphitheater lawn for live music at 6:30 PM. Later that night, watch a fireworks show from the Amphitheater. The display should illuminate the sky around 9:15 PM.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX, USA

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Fireworks On Lady Bird Lake

Enjoy an Austin 4th of July tradition in a new way this year. Watch the annual Austin Symphony Orchestra July 4th Concert and Fireworks from a kayak floating on Lake Bird Lake. The Rowing Dock will open late on July 4th to supply kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards to lucky Austinites and visitors who want to watch the firework show from the water. A reservation and prepayment are required to get a boat, and spots are limited. The Rowing Dock will open at 7:45 PM, and the show will begin at Auditorium Shores at 8:30 PM. The fireworks will begin around 9:30 PM.

Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX, USA

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Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival

Celebrate the 4th of July on the shores of Lake Pflugerville. The city will once again host the annual Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival. This year, the festival will take place on the south shore of Lake Pflugerville. Attendees can expect a full lineup of live music from The Lost Counts, The Nightowls, and more. The event begins at 6 PM and ends at 11 PM. There will also be a children’s play area, food trucks, fireworks and watercraft rentals. There is no on-site parking, but the festival will transport visitors from Hendrickson High School to the lake.

Hendrickson High School, 19201 Colorado Sand Dr, Pflugerville, TX, USA

July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration & July Fourth Parade

Take the whole family out to Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration & Sertoma July Fourth Parade. The event is free and includes a full day of fun events and attractions. First, the Round Rock Sertoma July 4th Parade kicks off the celebration at 10 AM. Pick a spot along the Main Street route to see the parade. The rest of the day brings events every hour including a cowboy sing-along, Swifty Swine Pig Races, a pepper-eating contest, and live music. End the day with a fireworks show followed by a movie screening in the park.

Various Locations, Round Rock, TX, USA

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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Celebrate the 4th of July the Austin way – with a star-studded music festival. Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic will bring an impressive lineup of artists to the Circuit of the Americas stage for the second year. Performers include Willie Nelson, Brantley Gilbert, Shakey Graves, Jamestown Revival, and more. Tickets range from $65 for the general admission pit to $500 for a premium VIP package. The event will also allow camping. RV and tent camping spots can be purchased. The event begins at 11:30 with gates opening 30 minutes prior.

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

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NWACA 4th of July Parade and Festival

The Northwest Austin Civic Association presents its annual 4th of July Parade and Festival. The parade begins at 9 AM on N Hills Drive. The route travels on to Northledge Dr and ends at Doss Elementary. The parade will begin with a flag ceremony and the national anthem. The predicted thousands of attendees can expect floats, bands, dance teams, fire trucks, and more. Afterwards, head over to Doss Elementary School for games, children’s entertainment, snacks, face painting, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Doss Elementary School, 7005 Northledge Dr, Austin, TX, USA

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Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the 4th of July early at the Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre Independence Day Celebration. On July 2nd, Bob Schneider headlines the Independence Day celebration. Water & Rust and Julian Acosta will also perform. The event will also include a fireworks shows. Tickets begin at $20 for standing room only tickets. If you would like a seat and access to a cocktail menu, opt for one of the VIP seats. These require reservations in groups of four. Doors open at 6 PM, and the show ends at 11 PM.

Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W Hwy 290, Austin, TX, USA

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Annual Georgetown SERTOMA 4th of July Family Celebration

The Annual Georgetown SERTOMA 4th of July Family Celebration is getting a new addition this year. The event is now a two-day celebration with even more fun and entertainment. The celebration begins Sunday at noon in San Gabriel Park with food, arts and craft vendors, games and entertainment for the kids, live entertainment and more. The fun continues on Monday, July 4th with the Hometown Parade beginning at 11 AM on Morrow St. After the parade, head over to the second day of the festival at the park. The event is free, and everyone is welcome.

San Gabriel Park, 445 E Morrow St, Georgetown, TX, USA