4th of July Fun with Fireworks and Festivals in Austin

Looking for some ideas on how to celebrate America’s Independence? Fireworks, parades, watermelon, and backyard bbqs…. it’s how we celebrate the 4th of July! Below are a few celebrations happening in Austin, complete with fireworks and family fun.

A Star-Spangled Independence

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 1, 2, & 3

10 am – 5 pm

Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin

This star-spangled Independence Day festival will feature an array of family fun — historical reenactments, live music and a colorful display of independence flags. Red-white-and-blue historical shows, hayrides or horse-drawn wagon rides and food are planned, along with music and watermelon seed-spitting contests and other old-fashioned festivities straight from the 1800s. The days will be Austin’s version of a midsummer festival, a popular activity in the late 1800s. Plan to come early and stay late for this old-fashioned weekend outing that replicates the family-friendly summer holidays in Old Texas. Included in cost of regular admission.

Red, White and Blue Weekend at Round Rock Express

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 1, 2, & 3

7:05 pm with a double header on Saturday, beginning at 4:30pm

Round Rock Express, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

Wear red on Friday, white on Saturday, and blue on Sunday and celebrate with a fireworks show after the last inning at each game this weekend.

25th Annual Bastrop Patriotic Festival

Saturday, July 2, 2016

4-10pm

Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop

(512) 303-0558

This family-friendly even celebrates our Nation’s Independence. There will be food booths and children’s activities, so bring a blanket and enjoy some delicious food and cool refreshing drinks while listening to live music! The viewing for the fireworks display is the Chief Petty Office Stephen “Matt” Mills Bridge spanning the Colorado River and overlooking the park.

Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fireworks begin at “Dark-30″ (approximately a half hour after dark)

Bar-K Recreational Park, 6608 Bar-K Clubhouse Court, Lago Vista

(512) 970-4400

Just imagine you, your family and friends lounging at the Bar K Recreational Park on Lake Travis, enjoying a delightful Texas Hill Country sunset and then it starts! “The Star Spangled Banner” is being sung by thousands gathered to honor America and The Grand Old Flag! The oohs and aahs reverberate from hillside to hillside. Happy Birthday, America! “God Bless the USA” is the theme for this year’s event. Donations help pay for the fireworks show.

Leander’s Liberty Fest

Sunday, July 3, 2016

5-10pm

1680 Hero Way, Leander

(512) 528-9909

This fantastic FREE event is perfect for the whole family. There will be live music, vendors, children’s activities and fireworks. Fireworks take place at about 9:10pm. Parking is available at the festival site. There are two entrances to the Festival. Entrance A is located on US 183A South (between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way) and Entrance B is located on Hero Way (between Mel Mathis and US 183A). For more information, click here.

July Fourth Frontier Days Festival & Celebration

Monday, July 4, 2016

10am-11pm

Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

(512) 218-5540

A parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass shootout, Movies in the Park and skydivers are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration. The event is free for the entire family. Independence Day festivities begin with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park and includes music from the Austin Symphonic Band. The SERTOMA Round Rock Veterans Fourth of July Parade moves back to Main Street in Downtown Round Rock. Fireworks begin at dark, and the movie begins right after the fireworks.

Wells Branch 4th Fest

Monday, July 4, 2016

10am-5pm, fireworks TBA

Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr., Austin

(512) 251-9814

Wells Branch is famous for its 4thFest celebration. The day begins with a short parade starting at Katherine Fleischer Park at 10am. Spectators are welcome to line the street to watch. When the parade returns, there will be an afternoon of entertainment under the big tent, concessions from local restaurants and community service groups offering a variety of items to enjoy and activities for the kids. Katherine Fleischer Pool will be open and free to the public. Fireworks are TBA.

Georgetown’s SERTOMA 4th of July Celebration

Monday, July 4, 2016

11am-10pm

San Gabriel Park, 455 E. Morrow St. Georgetown

The festivities begin at 11am with over 60 arts and craft booths and 20 food vendors. Kiddie rides, bounce houses and games, along with a petting zoo, are provided for the children. Musical entertainment, featuring some of the best local and central Texas talent, will begin at the Gazebo at noon and will continue all day. A “Hometown Parade”, sponsored by the Leadership Georgetown Alumni, begins at 11am at the low water crossing, ending at the Gazebo. Around 9:30pm people will gather to view the “Fabulous Fireworks Finale”.

4th of July Celebration (Cedar Park)

Monday, July 4, 2016

4-10pm

Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

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Enjoy live music, inflatables, free watermelon, bingo, washer tournament, face painting, carnival game and rides and fireworks at dark. Concessions will be available. Admission is free.

Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

6-11pm

South shore of Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Ln., Pflugerville

(512) 990-6113

Come to Lake Pflugerville to watch fireworks launch from the southwest shore at dark as we celebrate Independence Day! New for 2016, the festival will take place on the south shore of the lake only. The south shore of the lake will have restricted public entry on July 4 during festival setup. The north shore of the lake and beach are open to the public during the day, though parking lots are closed. Click here for transportation and parking information and here for what to bring.

The Children’s Area will be open on the south shore of the lake from 3-8:30pm. PFREE glowsticks will be given away.

Entertainment schedule

6pm: The Lost Counts

7pm: The Nightowls

8pm: Welcome and Color Guard

8:15pm: Camp Mabry Military Brass Band

9:10pm: Fireworks Show

9:50pm: The Nightowls (reprise performance)

11pm: Event ends

11:30pm: Last shuttle bus leaves event site

Kyle’s Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show

Monday, July 4, 2016

6-10pm

Plum Creek Golf Course, 4301 Benner, Kyle

Starting at 6pm, the pre-show celebration at Plum Creek Golf Course Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks. No outside food or drink permitted on the golf course property. Hays CISD Performing Arts Center will entertain with music until the fireworks start. The free public program begins at 7pm. No alcohol permitted on school grounds. When it gets dark enough, around 9:30pm, the fireworks show will launch from the golf course. For information on parking, click here.

Hill Country Galleria’s Independence Day Celebration

Monday, July 4, 2016

6:30-9:30pm

12700 Hill Country Blvd., Suite T-100, Bee Cave

(512) 263-0001

Enjoy shopping, dining, live music from Vallejo and KP & The Boom Boom and fireworks! Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy live music starting at 6:30pm. Order food to go or have it delivered straight to your seat while enjoying the show! Children can enjoy a complimentary face painter and other activities. Fireworks start at about 9:15pm.

H-E-B July 4th Spectacular (New Braunfels)

Monday, July 4, 2016

6:30pm

Landa Park, 110 Golf Course Rd., New Braunfels

(830) 221-4350

Join us for the largest Independence Day celebration in New Braunfels, featuring live music and fireworks over Landa Lake. Come early, bring a picnic and enjoy the show! Live music begins at the Dance Slab at 6:30pm and fireworks start at 9:15pm.

Red, White and Buda

Monday, July 4, 2016

7-10pm

Buda City Park, 121 Main Street, Buda

Bring a picnic, a blanket or your lawn chair to Buda City Park for evening activities and fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

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

Monday, July 4, 2016

8:30pm

Vic Mathias Shores (800 West Riverside Drive) & The Long Center (600 West Riverside Drive)

Approximately 100,000 of Austin’s residents head down to Vic Mathias Shores for the city’s main fireworks show, set to patriotic tunes provided by the Austin Symphony. The orchestra will perform at 8:30pm, followed by fireworks at about 9:30pm.

Riverside Drive is closed from Lamar to 1st Street, starting at 10am and Cesar Chavez is closed, starting at 6pm, between Mopac and Congress. Northbound and southbound lanes of Mopac will be diverted to 5th Street and Enfield. All streets will be reopened no later than midnight.

Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trails. The lower portion of the Hike & Bike Trail on the north side of Lady Bird Lake will be closed at 10am.

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Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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