You've hit up one of the best water parks near Austin, stuffed your face with some of the city's best BBQ, checked out the best 4th of July events around town and have taken a mid-day nap to reset. Now it's time for the ultimate finale: 4th of July fireworks. In case you haven't yet figured out where you'll be taking in the light show this year, we've rounded up our top picks from in and around Austin. Pack a picnic; put on your red, white and blue; and get ready for a fireworks display to remember.
Note: Most fireworks shows will be taking place between 9:15 and 9:30pm, so plan accordingly!
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4th of July fireworks in Austin
If you're planning on sticking in Austin proper, this is the fireworks show you'll be seeing. Join thousands of Central Texans in your finest red, white and blue attire to watch the state's largest Independence Day celebration, complete with an impressive fireworks display backed by the Austin Symphony. Die-hard viewers will gather at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores), but you'll also be able to see the fireworks display from places like the Barton Creek Square Mall parking lot, various downtown rooftop bars, the Congress Ave bridge and other spots.
Now in its 44th year, Willie Nelson's Fourth of July picnic held at Circuit of the Americas will feature performances on two stages, with acts that include Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jamey Johnson, Asleep at the Wheel and others. Of course, Willie Nelson & Family are going to be headlining, and with legends like Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe and Johnny Bush joining the lineup, you can count on it being a memorable holiday. There will also be a huge fireworks display, because ’Murica. Tickets are still available here.
Celebrate the country's birthday with America's pastime and spend the Fourth of July watching the Round Rock Express take on the Memphis Redbirds. Just don't slink out early to beat the crowds if it's a blowout—you'll miss the post-game fireworks show.
The city of Cedar Park will be celebrating the entire day, starting with a parade at 10am that begins at the H-E-B Center and continues along Discovery Boulevard to the Recreation Center. Beginning at 4pm, live music, bingo, air castles, face painting, carnival rides and more will be offered at Elizabeth Milburn Park, ending with a fireworks display that will start around 9:15pm.
Located on the banks of the San Marcos River, the San Marcos Summerfest is a family-friendly event that includes a children's parade, costume contest, live music and food and activity booths. The fest starts at 6pm, and continues until the main event: a fireworks display at 9:30pm.
Pflugerville's annual Pfirecracker Pfestival at the Pfield (yup, say that five times fast) will feature performances from The Blubeonnets and SkyRocket!, plus food trucks galore. The fireworks display will begin at around 9:15pm. Note that you'll only be able to bring in clear bags, and that coolers and alcohol are forbidden.
Head to Georgetown for a day-long celebration at San Gabriel Park, where the day kicks off at 11am with a hometown parade ending at the park's gazebo. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the day, as will arts and crafts vendors, a petting zoo, classic cars and food trucks. The day culminates in a fireworks show at 9:30pm.