Where to watch Fourth of July fireworks around Austin
There's nothing more patriotic on the Fourth of July than hosting a backyard barbecue, maybe taking a dip in the pool — and, of course, watching your midweek holiday come to a fiery close with a fireworks display. Light up your night with one of these Independence Day fireworks shows.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra kicks off this massive annual event at 8:30 p.m., performing a variety of symphonic patriotic classics and other songs. Afterward, a magnificent fireworks display will thunder over the Austin skyline. The orchestra calls this celebration at Vic Mathias Shores (900 W. Riverside Drive) the largest Independence Day event in the state, with tens of thousands of families in attendance. That's your cue to get there early and claim your spot on the lawn. Picnics are welcome.
Head to the Hill Country Galleria (12700 Hill Country Blvd.) starting at 4 p.m. for an evening of local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides and games, and — of course — fireworks. Live music acts on the Central Plaza lawn include School of Rock, the Derailers and headliners Vallejo, who will perform at 8 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Expect a variety of family-friendly activities before the fireworks begin at Elizabeth Milburn Park (1901 Sun Chase Blvd.). There will be bingo, a washer tournament (at 4 p.m.; everything else starts at 5), laser tag, watermelon, carnival rides and games, and more. Fireworks start at 9:15. Afterward, light up the dance floor.
After a morning parade down Main Street and an awards show at the Gazebo in the Buda greenbelt, 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. and will run for approximately 25 minutes.
Pre-game the fireworks at the Plum Creek Golf Course clubhouse from 6 to 9 p.m. with live music, hot dogs and cold drinks. Then, settle in to watch the fiery display starting at 9:30 p.m. at the course (4301 Benner Road).
The freedom to have a good time will be on full display at Leander's largest annual event of the year. There will be food including Smokey Mo's BBQ, children's activities, and music from Jason Boland & the Stragglers and headliner Mike Ryan. Scratch that — the spectacular fireworks display is going to be the headliner, of course. Head to 449 San Gabriel Campus Drive for the fun.
Do they call it “July Pfourth” in Pflugerville? That's not clear, but the stadium where they’re holding the festivities is, in fact, called the Pfield (1440 W. Pecan St.). The fun starts at 5 p.m. with food trucks and kids activities, followed by live music by Suede at 6 p.m. and fireworks shooting off at about 9:05 p.m.
What isn't happening at this packed Independence Day bash? The Frontier Days Festival at Old Settlers Park (3300 E. Palm Valley Road) starts at noon and will have pig races, a cowboy singalong, a pepper-eating contest, a cowboy variety show and even free ice cream served by Round Rock City Council members. Fireworks will start when it gets dark, and if you still haven't had enough fun, "Captain Marvel" will screen afterward.
You might even get some shade at this patriotic event at San Gabriel Park (445 E. Morrow St.) that will start with a parade, feature arts and crafts booths, food and drink vendors, kids activities, antique cars and more. Fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m.
The performers at Willie's legendary Independence Day party includes Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Hayes Carll, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Colter Wall, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver and the Casey Kristofferson Band. That's a whole lot of star power, but show-ending fireworks just might shine the brightest. Once again, it's at the Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas.