Happy Fourth of July!
If you’re looking for a place to celebrate outside your own backyard, check out our roundup of events in Austin and the surrounding area. The traditional Austin Symphony concert and fireworks — still free and open to the public — has moved this year to the Circuit of the Americas because of ongoing renovations at Auditorium Shores.
Deborah Sengupta Stith also has a roundup of music happening this holiday weekend.
If that’s too much red, white and noisy for you, some restaurants are offering holiday specials, and admission is free on Friday at the LBJ Presidential Library, which has a special 1960s exhibit and plenty of air conditioning.
However you spend this three-day weekend, have fun and stay safe!
Fourth of July has finally arrived. Looking for something fun to do? See events below.
4th of July Celebration. Free watermelon, carnival games, face painting and more, all leading up to a fireworks display. 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday. Free. Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5888. cedarparktexas.gov.
4th of July Concert & Fireworks. Patriotic music by Starlight Symphony Orchestra with area choirs, followed by fireworks display on the front lawn at Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Free. 21003 Interstate 35, Kyle. 512-268-2141. hayscisd.net.
Austin Symphony H-E-B July Fourth Concert & Fireworks. Patriotic music and fireworks at Circuit of the Americas. 8:30 p.m. Friday. Free and open to the public. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austinsymphony.org.
Patriotic Festival. Family-friendly activities, followed by Patriotic music by Austin Symphonic Band and a fireworks display. 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop. Visit www.bastropchamber.com
Cedar Park 4th of July Parade. Begins at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, travels down Discovery Boulevard, and ends at the Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park. 512-401-5888. cedarparktexas.gov.
Delwood’s annual 4th of July Parade and Neighborhood Celebration. Parade begins at 9 a.m. Friday at 1200 Bentwood Road and will feature vintage cars, floats and musicians, followed by a noon picnic that includes food, live music, a pie contest and children’s activities. Free.
Folk of July Festival. Two stages with performances from the Whiskey Sisters, the Harmed Brothers, Aisha Burns, Canvas People and more. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth St. eyeinthesky.org.
July 4th Festival and Fireworks. Parade, flag-raising ceremony, contests, food and the third annual Rubber Duck Race. Night ends with fireworks display. 4 p.m. Friday. Free ($5 fee to participate in race). 1600 Veterans Drive, Taylor. 512-365-8485. taylortx.gov.
July 4th Pickled-Egg Eating Contest. Compete to win $250; benefits Little Artist BIG ARTIST, a mentoring program in East Austin elementary schools. 4:30 p.m. Friday. $20. Haymaker, 2310 Manor Road. For more information contact email@example.com or go to www.haymakeraustin.com.
Lakeway’s July Fourth celebration. The annual parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Live Oak Golf Course, 510 Lakeway Drive, and ends at Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek; it will be followed by the Pageant of Flags, which will include a free continental breakfast and live music. Free. The Lakeway Swim Center will be open from noon to 9 p.m. ($3 per person). Visit www.lakeway-tx.gov
Leander Liberty Fest. Games, activities, vendors and a live performance from Roger Creager with special guest Bri Bagwell, followed by a fireworks display. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Free. Festival entry will be on U.S. 183A South between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way. leandertx.gov.
Northwest Austin Civic Association Fourth of July Parade. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Friday on the corner of Far West Boulevard and Waterline Road, and end at Doss Elementary School, 7005 Northledge Drive. Visit nwaca2org.
"Pit-Nic." Live music, games and cool zones, Stubb’s barbecue, and a special Independence Day cocktail. 2 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free. Mean Eyed Cat, 1621 W. Fifth St., 512-920-6645. themeaneyedcat.com.
Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival. Live music and vendors, festival food and games for kids followed by a fireworks display. 3 to 11 p.m. Friday. Free. Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane. 512-990-06113, www.pflugervilletx.gov.
"Push, Pedal and Pull People’s Patriotic Parade." The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at City Hall, 310 N. Main St., and concludes at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 109 Depot St.; it will be followed by a July Fourth program. Free. Visit elgintx.com.
Round Rock Express Fourth of July Fireworks. The team will play against the Nashville Sounds, followed by a fireworks display. 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $16. Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley, Round Rock. milb.com.
Sertoma Club July 4th Celebration and Fireworks. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a petting zoo, children’s rides and a car show with antique and classic vehicles, followed by a fireworks display. 11 a.m. Friday. Free. San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow, Georgetown. georgetown.org.
"Sixty from the ’60s." Free admission on Friday to the exhibit featuring 60 Americans who helped mold movements, trends and lifestyles of the 1960s. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. LBJ Presidential Library, 2312 Red River. 512-721-0200. lbjlibrary.org.
SummerFest! Live music, children’s patriotic costume parade, patriotic program, fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. Free. San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway. Parking at Strahan Coliseum Parking Lot. Lions Club Tube Rental open all day; Rio Vista Pool open from noon–6 p.m. ($2 kids, $3 adults) www.summerfestsmtx.com.
Apothecary.Offering special prices on oysters and bubbles. $2 per oyster, $15 for a half dozen and $30 for a full dozen. Half price on all bottles of bubbles. 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. 4800 Burnet Road, suite 450. 512-371-1600. apothecaryaustin.com.
The Bonneville. Offering a special Fourth of July dinner. 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday. $28. 202 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-428-4643. thebonnevilleaustin.com.
Drink.Well. A special Independence Day brunch. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. 207 E. 53rd St. drinkwellaustin.com.
Gibson Street Bar. Offering a discounted price on Luke’s Inside Out Trailer grilled burgers and hot dogs, with Gibson’s famous punch bowls (serves 6-12 people). 4 p.m. Friday. $45. 1109 South Lamar, 512-386-1345. gibsonaustin.com.
Hops & Grain. Independence Day party with activities in the taproom, followed by fireworks. 1 p.m. Friday. $25. 25 percent of proceeds will be donated to 1400 Miles, an organization that helps raise awareness for prostate cancer prevention. 507 Calles St. www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-of-july-shindig-tickets-11967742841?aff=es2&rank=1.
Jean’s Kitchen at Travaasa. A special Independence Day menu created by Chef Benjamin Baker. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. 13500 FM 2769. 877-261-7792. travaasa.com.
Lavaca Street Bar. Offering a cold, crisp Budweiser with a shot of American Honey. 11 to 2 a.m. Friday $6. 405 Lavaca St., 512-469-0106. lavacastreet.com.
Mimi’s Cafe. To celebrate the Fourth of July and French Independence Day (July 14), guests will receive a complimentary apple turnover with the purchase of any burger on the menu. Friday. $8.99-$10.99. 4151 N. Interstate 35, Round Rock, 512-869-3029; 10515 N. MoPac Blvd. NB Building O, 512-241-0309; 12613 Galleria Circle, Bee Cave, 512-263-9731. mimiscafe.com.
Roaring Fork and Salty Sow. Guy Villavaso and Larry Foles, alongside Salty Sow’s Harold Marmulstein, will offer a free entree for every meal purchased. Friday. Roaring Fork Downtown, 701 Congress Avenue, 512-583-0000; 10850 Stonelake Blvd. roaringfork.com; Salty Sow, 1917 Manor Road. saltysow.com.
TRACE. A special all-day happy hour. Select wines will be $6 a glass, $5 for Texas spirits, $4 for Texas beers, and a special happy hour food menu. W Austin, 200 Lavaca St., 512-542-3660. www.traceaustin.com.
Trattoria Lisina. Family-friendly activities and games, including sparklers, s’mores, large chalk boards and door prizes each hour, along with spring and summer menus, which are filled with a variety of Italian dishes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Trattoria Lisina, 13308 FM 150 W., Driftwood. trattorialisina.com.
Vino Vino. Offering a special Fourth of July dinner. 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday. $21 ($5 for margaritas). Regular and late-night menus will available. 4119 Guadalupe St., 512-465-9282. vinovinoaustin.com.