Where to watch Fourth of July fireworks in Austin and around Central Texas
The good news? The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, which means we’ll get a break in the middle of a long, hot workweek. The bad news? The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, which means no long weekend. But whatever your schedule, there will be plenty of fireworks to light up your night and help you celebrate Independence Day with a bang.
Get your fireworks fix with a side of culture at Vic Mathias Shores: The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs patriotic music starting at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30. But don’t be tardy with your red, white and blue; this show draws thousands every year, so come early, spread out a blanket and relax. Don’t want to brave the crowds? You can listen to the concert on Majic 95.5 FM.
Bastrop starts the Fourth fun early with a festival June 29-30 at Fisherman’s Park that includes but is not limited to (deep breath): music, a car show, a 5K, water slides, sky divers, a pet parade and multiple eating contests. But you’re here for the fireworks, yes? Those are at 9:15 p.m. June 30.
Want to get some shopping done on your holiday? Head to the Hill Country Galleria and hit the sales, then stay for the Fourth festivities. Backyard games such as sack races and an obstacle course start at 4 p.m., followed by music from Edison Chair (6-7 p.m.) and Vallejo (7:30-9:15 p.m) and a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.
After a morning parade on Main Street, the evening fun starts at 5 p.m. at the Buda Sportsplex. There will be live music, food, bounce houses and other entertainment; fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Head out to Elizabeth Milburn Park starting at 4 p.m. for an evening of activities, including a washer tournament, bingo, carnival rides and games, live music from Jake Gill and fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m.
A day of festivities, including a parade, kids activities, craft booths, food and a petting zoo, kicks off at 11 a.m. at San Gabriel Park. The fireworks will start about 9:30 p.m.
You can pre-game the fireworks at two different spots in Kyle. The Plum Creek Golf Course opens its clubhouse to the public, offering live music as well as hot dogs and drinks for sale. Or, head to the Hays Performing Arts Center for music from the Psychic Cowboys, followed by the Starlight Symphony. No matter where you end up, you can watch the fireworks starting about 9:30 p.m.
Leander’s lovers of liberty will get the party started at 3 p.m. just east of the Austin Community College San Gabriel Campus. There will be music, food, games, more music and, that’s right, fireworks at 9:10 p.m.
Do they call it “July Pfourth” in Pflugerville? I don’t know, but the stadium where they’re holding the festivities is, in fact, called the Pfield. The fun starts at 5 p.m. with food trucks and kids activities, followed by live music at 6 p.m. and fireworks shooting off about 9:05 p.m.
Old Settlers Park offers something for everyone on Independence Day, including pig races, a stunt show, carnival rides and a pepper eating contest. There’s also free ice cream, which you might need after those peppers. Austin Symphonic Band provides the music during the fireworks, which start at dark; afterward, if the Force is still with you, stick around to watch “The Last Jedi” as part of Movies in the Park.
Live music, a children’s parade and costume contest, food and other activities — you’ll find all that at San Marcos Plaza Park starting at 6 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
After a parade and family-friendly entertainment earlier in the day, Wells Branch’s Fourth of July celebration winds down with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. You can watch them from the field next to the recreation center on Shoreline Drive.
Willie and the gang return to the Austin360 Amphitheater for a day full of music leading into a night full of more music, plus fireworks. The concert kicks off at noon and will feature performances by Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, the Head and the Heart, David Allan Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, Asleep at the Wheel and many more, including, of course, the Red Headed Stranger himself.