Not sure what to do to celebrate America’s 234th birthday? Below is a list of events happening in and around Austin this July 4th weekend, fireworks included.
Carlos’n Charlie’s Fireworks (Emerald Point Marina, 5973 Hiline Rd) The infamous bar and grill on Lake Travis will have fireworks on July 2 and July 3. Show starts at sunset, so it is advised to arrive around 8:00pm. Admission is FREE. The restaurant will not do fireworks on July 4; however, they will have live music. Gates open at 6pm and entry at the gates is $15.
Sat July 03
20th Annual Tarrytown 4th of July Parade and Picnic All families are invited to participate in the parade or cheer on participants along the route. The parade route begins at 9am at the Tarrytown Shopping Center (located at Windsor and Exposition) and will travel west on Windsor to Pecos, and then follow Pecos to Reed Park. Following the parade, there will be a picnic at Reed Park with hot dogs, watermelon, lemonade, cold water, and entertainment. Proceeds go toward enhancements at Reed and Tarrytown Parks.
Sun July 04
Seaholm Power Plant (214 West Ave.) The Electric Company will be hosting its first of many events on July 4. The celebration is FREE to the public. Gates open at 4pm; food is available for purchase and valet parking is available. Additionally, guests will have a prime spot for viewing downtown fireworks.
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2010 located at the new Backyard off Highway 620 in Bee Cave, Texas (13101 W. Highway 71). Gates open at 11am. The show is general admission, tickets are $55. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.thebackyard.net.
Long Center for the Performing Arts Downtown Austin 4th of July Fireworks The largest of Austin’s July 4th events will be held at Auditorium Shores. The Austin Symphony will begin performing patriotic music beginning at 8:30pm, along with the shooting of cannons by the Texas National Guard Salute Battery. The fireworks show over Lady Bird Lake will take place from 9:30pm to 10pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. However, it is suggested that people arrive early as approximately 100,000 people are expected to attend the event. While picnics are allowed, no alcohol or glass containers are permitted in the park.
Ego’s 4th of July Water and Fireworks Party Begins at 2 p.m. There will be plenty of ways to cool off, including kiddie pools, water balloons, squirt guns, and sprinklers. Swimsuits are encouraged, however it’s BYOT-bring your own towel. Additionally, Egos will be providing hamburgers and hotdogs with the purchase of a drink. Drink specials include $2 wells and $10 beer buckets. Inside there will be a re-broadcast of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. At 8pm, a group will walk down to the Congress Street bridge to watch the fireworks. After the fireworks, the group will return to Ego’s for 4th of July karaoke.
Lakeway July 4th Celebration There will be a parade beginning at 8:30AM, which will proceed down Lakeway Drive, and a pageant at the Lakeway Activity Center, followed by the Grand Marshal Speech, which will start at 10:30am. At 6pm. there will be live entertainment, followed by fireworks at the Lakeway City Park.
Volente Beach Waterpark 4th of July Fireworks (16107 Farm to Market Road 2769, Leander) The event, which features live music and fireworks, is FREE to those who purchased park admission prior to 8pm, and will cost $5 for guests entering the park after.
Dell Diamond (3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock) The Round Rock Express will take on the Memphis Redbirds on July 4th at 7:05pm, with a fireworks display at the stadium following the game.
City of Round Rock’s July 4 Frontier Days Celebration A parade will begin at noon in downtown Round Rock and will end at Old Settler’s Park (3300 E Palm Valley Blvd.). Activities include a jalapeno pepper eating contest, duck races, pony rides, a reenactment of the Sam Bass Shootout, and children’s games. Music will be provided by the Austin Symphonic Band and there will be a performance by Ballet Folkorico dancers. Admission is FREE. Fireworks will start at dark, approximately 8:45pm.Article and photos by Katie Warner Editor’s note: For an alternative Fourth of July, come out with the famous Austin vegan firefighters to watch the 4th Annual Veggie Hot Dog Eating Contest at the Tiniest Bar in Texas from 1-4pm on Sunday. For a $5 entry fee, you get a free Tofurky veggie dog and Nada Moo ice cream.