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Fireworks! Austin's Auditorium Shores Fourth of July concert and firework show to return this year

The Austin Symphony's July 4 Concert & Fireworks celebration will return to Lady Bird Lake this year.

A local Independence Day tradition for decades, the Austin Symphony Orchestra's July 4th Concert & Fireworks will return to Vic Mathias Shores this year after missing 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Produced by the symphony with help from sponsors including H-E-B, the free event has been held since the 1970s in the center of town, along the waterway now known as Lady Bird Lake.

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The program begins at Vic Mathias Shores, across Riverside Drive from the Long Center, at 8 p.m. with guest speakers and a performance of patriotic classics by the symphony. After dark, the skies illuminate with an extended fireworks show.

Vendors selling food and beverages plus crafts and memorabilia also will be on-site, according to Tuesday's news release announcing the event. "The ASO continues to work closely with the City of Austin and follow up-to-date public health recommendations," the announcement also noted. "More information regarding the event details will be released soon."

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