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Get ready for fireworks and fun on July Fourth. JOHN GUTIERREZ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year, which means you totally have an excuse to celebrate all weekend long. Here are some of the top events in Austin, from fireworks and festivals to live music, dancing and great food.

The Volstead (1500 E.Sixth St.) is throwing a party for five days straight starting June 30 with live music, a free cookout on July 2 and a ‘Merica dance party on the holiday itself.

Independence Brewing Co. (3913 Todd Lane #607) and Tacos of Texas are releasing Revolución Saison Ale, a beer that allegedly perfectly complements a taco. They’re throwing a party from 2 to 10 p.m. July 1 to celebrate the release, and admission is free with RSVP at independencebrewing.com, or for a $45 VIP pass you get unlimited beer and snacks.

Eat as many corn dogs as humanly possible at Black Sheep Lodge (2108 S. Lamar Blvd.) during its seventh annual Corn Dog Eating Contest at 2 p.m. July 4 — yes, there’s a cash prize. $20 entry fee gets you a T-shirt and a chance at glory (18 and older only).

There will be a roasted whole hog, free hot dogs and even a hot dog eating contest at the Fourth of July Extravaganza at Half Step (75 1/2 Rainey St.) featuring music from Afrofreque and Mamafesta. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. July 4.

Austin’s 41st Annual July Fourth Concert and Fireworks is the big kahuna of fireworks shows in Central Texas. The Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic tunes starting at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks launching over the downtown Austin skyline at 9:30. But you’ll want to get to Vic Mathias Shores extra early for a good spot. Pack a blanket and a picnic dinner.

Got to austin360.com for more Fourth of July events and a definitive list of fireworks displays in Central Texas.

— Katey Psencik and Arianna Auber

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