Parades, fireworks, and live music are just a few of the ways locals enjoy celebrating the 4th of July in Austin. Our city never disappoints, hosting numerous parties packed with super fun activities and firework displays in and around town. We’ve compiled a list of July 4th events in Austin to make planning your day a lot easier, all located between 1-20+ miles from Downtown! Grab your family and friends, and start planning your 4th of July festivities!
Things to do For 4th of July Around Austin:
- H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks
- Westlake 4th of July Parade
- 4th of July Celebration at Blue Starlite
- Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
- Grey Rock Stars and Stripes Firework Show
- Bob Schneider’s Independence Day Celebration
- Red, White and Buda
- Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration
- Liberty Fest
- Kyle Independence Day Celebration
- Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestivall
- Lakeway 4th of July Celebration
- Cedar Park 4th of July Parade and Celebration
- Round Rock Frontier Days
- Lockhart 4th of July Extravaganza
- Round Rock Express Independence Day
- Bastrop Patriotic Festival
- San Marcos SummerFest
- Taylor Annual 4th of July Fireworks
- Lago Vista 4th of July
- Sertoma 4th of July Celebration
Always a popular choice for July 4th, the firework show at the Long Center for the Performing Arts is back again for another year. Many families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display fill the city skyline! Come early so you can scout out a perfect spot on the grass!
Begin your morning at Northstar Bank, a Branch of Independence Bank, where you can find breakfast tacos from Texas Honey Ham, cookies from P. Terry’s and ice cream and more! The Westlake parade starts at 9 am and there will be live music, bouncy house games and more fun activities continue after the parade. The best part is that there is a costume contest and your pets can be a part of it too! Let’s not forget to mention that all of this is FREE!
Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive- In’s Independence Day celebration is a one of a kind tradition in Austin! This 4th of July, watch the well known and patriotic movie, Independence Day starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum! After the thrilling movie is over, Blue Starlite will have a firework show on their high definition screen. Make sure to bring some popcorn from home and have fun without having to leave your car!
Live Nation, C3 Presents, and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are proud to announce the return of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas! Legendary Willie Nelson plays host to one of America’s most celebrated festivals, and the 4th of July Picnic returns to Circuit of the Americas for the fourth year, presented by Budweiser. Joining Willie at this year’s party with your friends and family, it’s guaranteed you’ll have a great time!
Grey Rock Golf Golf Course and Tennis Club hosts their annual Stars and Stripes event the first week of July! Members of Grey Rock Golf Golf Course and Tennis and their friends are eligible to purchase tickets to get an up-close relaxing view of the event from the 18th Fairway. They provide great food the whole family will enjoy, it’s held at an awesome location, and Grey Rock’s firework show is the best in South Austin! Make sure to plan ahead and buy your tickets sooner than later!
If you are looking for a live, outdoor show that you can wear your cowboy boots to and have some beer, then the Nutty Brown Café is the perfect place for you to spend the 4th of July! This 4th of July, Bob Schneider will be performing with Eric Tessmer and Jane Ellen Bryant. This 4th of July party will be a rock and rolling party!
Come and celebrate Independence Day in Buda! Watch or be a part of the morning children’s parade filled with decorative bicycles, wagons, and unique kid’s floats as it takes route on Main Street. Bouncy houses and more family fun can be found at City Park immediately following the parade. The celebration continues at night with live music, activities and a spectacular fireworks display! This is a perfect event to attend with your family!
Join the Hill Country Galleria for Independence Day and shop, dining, listen to live music and watch fireworks! Make sure to bring chairs or blankets while enjoying listening to live music and order some food to go from one of many restaurants! You can have dinner with your family and friends all while listening to music by Vallejo! Then end the evening with the best firework show in Central Texas! The prime viewing area is on the Central Plaza’s grassy lawn or the east side of the Central Plaza!
Join the city of Leander in celebrating the Fourth of July at Liberty Fest! This FREE, family-friendly event is perfect for the whole family to enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities and a spectacular fireworks display! This year’s headline for live music performances are Departure ATX, Melissa Lawson, Stoney Larue and Casey Donahew!
Join in the celebration of Independence Day this July 4th as the City of Kyle once again has planned for a spectacular fireworks show! There will be live music performances by The Psychic Cowboys and The Starlight Symphony Orchestra and hot dogs, cold drinks, and snacks at Plum Creek Golf Course. After sunset, find a spot to sit on the golf course while the firework show goes on above you! It’ll be a firework show to remember!
Pflugerville invites you and your family to attend this year’s Pfirecracker Pfestival on July 4, 2018, at the Pfield! There are plenty of family-friendly activities before the fireworks such as a kid’s area with games, crafts and face painting, and 16 food trucks with something for everyone. From 6 pm, enjoy live music from Suede, followed by their Independence Day program you will not want to miss. The best part is that it’s all free!
Lakeway’s festive parade will wind its way from the Live Oak Golf Course to the Lakeway Activity Center and this year’s theme is ‘Salute To Volunteers’! Immediately following the parade, join them at the Activity Center for the Pageantry of Flags program featuring a keynote address by the Grand Marshal, Bill Dickson, and patriotic music by The Wildflowers and the 36th Infantry Division Band. Donuts, orange juice, and coffee will also be provided! The Lakeway Swim Center will be open for fun at noon with special pricing and all day with in-and-out privileges!
Begin your 4th of July by attending Cedar Park’s 4th of July parade at 10 a.m! The parade route is along Discovery Blvd, will be starting at the H-E-B Center and ending at the Cedar Park Recreation Center for more exciting events. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature live music performances, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon, a fireworks display and more! You can also cool off in Milburn Pool, which is open from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.!
The Round Rock Sertoma July 4th parade has become a signature event in Round Rock. With 20,000 spectators made up of residents and visitors from Austin, Georgetown and beyond! There are so many activities to participate in such as carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park (StarWars: The Last Jedi) and our course fireworks! And this year, awards will be presented to the best floats, bands, cheerleading squad, drill team, decorated vehicle, equestrian and more!
Join the city of Lockhart for a fun and relaxing time watching children play games and waving sparklers, getting their faces painted, visit with friends, family, and neighbors! There will be a variety of booths open with food, arts ‘n’ crafts for shopping, and games for the kids. At approximately 8:45 pm bring your lawn chairs and blankets and save a spot to watch Sky Dive San Marcos put on a fantastic show that is sure to entertain the crowds, followed by a spectacular firework display at dusk for the citizens of and visitors to Lockhart!
For the sports fanatics, venture out to the Dell Diamond to watch the Round Rock Express baseball team and their firework 4th of July show! Inside the Dell Diamond, you can find a sports court, pool and spa area, and numerous places to grab something to eat and drink. Fans are encouraged to stick around following the fireworks to run the bases on the field and enjoy live music, free of charge in the Intel Club.
Bastrop’s Patriotic Festival is back and better than ever! Join the city of Bastrop with your family and friends and participate in the multiple events that will be held at this year’s festival! There will be a water wonderland for the kids, contests, petting zoos, a car show with Bastrop Area Cruisers, a children’s activity area, live music performed by a DJ, washers, a domino tournament with cash prizes, food and treats, a live performance by the Austin Symphonic Band, fireworks and more!
Celebrate Independence Day along the banks of the San Marcos River with the city of San Marcos! SummerFest offers fun for the whole family. There will be live music throughout the event along with a parade, children’s patriotic costume contest, food vendors, and a fireworks display to top off the evening! Free parking is available and if you have time, float the river before the fireworks show!
If you happen to be in Taylor, Texas on July 4th, you don’t want to miss out on the best firework show in town! The Taylor Community proudly presents Fireworks in the Park on July 4th at dusk. Before the fireworks begin, you can enter in the 3rd Annual Rubber Duck Race and have the chance to win prizes! The fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere in the park’s vicinity and make sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and get there early to get a good spot for the firework show!
Come and celebrate 4th of July with your family and friends at Lago Vista’s 4th of July party! Start your day with a chip timed race through the rolling hills of Lago Vista, march in the parade, ride on float or golf cart or wave your flag and cheer on the colorful floats down Dawn Drive! After that take the time to relax, enjoy the lake, do whatever makes you happy. There will also be a golf tournament from 1 pm to 5 pm. Then hop on a free CapMetro bus and ride down to the Lago Vista Golf club and listen to live music with Jennifer B and the Groove, eat some delicious food, participate in pickleball and enjoy the best firework show in town!
Come and celebrate American Independence at beautiful San Gabriel Park sponsored by Georgetown Sertoma! This event attracts typically 4000 to 5000 people to the park throughout the day (that’s a lot of people!). It’s the perfect shady location for 4th of July outdoor activities including 60 arts and craft booths, 20 food vendors, kiddie rides, bounce houses and games along with a petting zoo. There will also be entertainment at the gazebo featuring some of the best local talents around and the evening will end with a spectacular fireworks finale! You won’t want to miss this awesome free family event!
- Things To Do On The Water This Summer
- Free Concerts in Austin This Summer
- Best Day Trips and Weekend Getaways from Austin
Map of July 4th Celebrations in Austin