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Fourth of July in Austin

Laura Standefer, Senior Independence Day Correspondent

July 1, 2019

Austin is know for its three Fs: food, fun, and festivals. Independence Day is one of the most monumental moments in history and it’s no surprise that Austin knows how to celebrate. No matter where you live in the city, there are some amazing Fourth of July activities and festivals nearby. Check out these top July 4th event picks! 

H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks
This is probably Austin’s most popular fourth of July event. Thousands of families gather downtown at Auditorium Shores to enjoy one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Central Texas, accompanied by the majestic sounds of the The Austin Symphony. Transportation and parking is tricky, but you can find suggestions and more information on the festival here

4th of July Parade & Celebration at Milburn Park
This one is my personal favorite! I’ve been going to the fourth of July festival at Milburn park since I was seven years old! The festival has grown so much and now includes live music, food trucks, carnival games and rides, and an amazing fireworks show. For more information, click here

“Independence Day is one of the most monumental moments in history and it’s no surprise that Austin knows how to celebrate.”

Hutto 4th of July Celebration
On the other side of Wilco, the city of Hutto will host their second annual 4th of July celebration at Hutto Park at Brushy Creek. Their entertainment line up includes popular local bands such as Blue Water Highway, American Gypsy Band, and Treble Soul. Come before the fireworks show to enjoy kids activities and food trucks. The celebration starts at 5pm and you can find more information here

First Annual July 4th Festival at Doc’s Drive In
If you live further south, you may want to check out Doc’s first Annual July 4th Festival in Buda. They will have live music, kids activities, arts and crafts, BBQ, plus games and drinks from local wineries and breweries for grown ups. They also claim to have Buda’s best firework show, so I’m sure it’ll be worth checking out! The fun starts at 2pm and you can find more information here

2019 July 4th Fireworks Paddle
If you don’t want to deal with the crowds at Auditorium shores, make your way over to the Rowing Dock and you can see the fireworks show from your kayak on Lady Bird Lake. There are options for adults and children of all ages (no infants or dogs, though). They have a limited amount of kayaks get your tickets here today! 

Independence Day Festival at Hill Country Galleria
If you’re looking for some Independence Day fun in the Bee Cave area, the Hill Country Galleria will be holding a festival that will surely be a hit. Admission and parking is free, it’s dog friendly, and their music line up is looking pretty impressive. There will be rides, games, food, vendors, art, and, of course, fireworks! Click here for more info! 

Sertoma’s 36th Annual 4th of July Family Celebration in San Gabriel Park
This is one of the Austin area’s longest running Independence Day festivals and there will be plenty of activities for your family to enjoy starting at 11am. A few of the activities include bounce houses, a petting zoo, live music all day, plus plenty of food and drink options so you can keep the fun going. Make sure everyone can make it until 9:30 to witness the sensational “Fireworks Finale” provided by GWPyro. Here is all of the additional information you need!