Thursday, June 25, 2015

4th of July Celebrations in the Austin Area


Many thanks to Hill Country Galleria for partnering with us to bring you this comprehensive roundup of 4th of July events and celebrations.

The Hill Country Fest offers FREE activities on July 4th at Hill Country Galleria. Visitors can expect over 75 local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides & games, and of course, fireworks! The kids can enjoy the Red, White & Blue Petting Zoo, and can wear swimsuits for the Amazon Zipline, Slip n’ Slide, Water Tag, Screamin’ Demon, Super Slide and Bungee Trampoline. Play to earn prizes at the Hill Country Fair games, including the Bazooka Shooting Gallery, Archery Tag Hoverball, Anti-Gravity Game, Dip Bowling, Ring the Bottle and Spill the Milk. Live music includes Vallejo (4:15-5:30pm), Dawn & Hawkes (5:45-6:45pm), T Bird & the Breaks (7-8:15pm) and Uncle Lucius (8:30-9:45pm). Enjoy all of your favorite Hill Country Galleria restaurants and eateries, as well as vendors including Schmidt Family Barbecue, Snow Balls from The Candy Jar, beer and wine from Chisos Grill, iced coffee from Bee Cave Coffee Co. and more. Dog friendly.

Where: Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave (12700 Hill Country Blvd.)
When: 4-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:45pm
For more information: www.HillCountryFest.com



Get ready to celebrate the 4th of July in Austin with some red, white and blue! Here are a host of ways to celebrate our nation’s independence:

Celebrations prior to July 4, 2015:

Luling Watermelon Thump
Where: Luling (45 miles southeast of Austin)
When: Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28.
Activities: Seed spitting contests, watermelon eating contests, live music and more!
Cost: FREE admission on Saturday, June 27th before 2pm. Admission is also FREE on Thursday, June 25th, starting at 5:30pm and on Sunday, June 28th. Admission varies from $5 – $20 at other times.
More Info: http://www.watermelonthump.com/

Elgin Western Days Festival
Where: Memorial Park on Main Street, Historic Downtown Elgin
When: 10am to 6pm on June 27th
Activities: A parade, a festival with live music (free admission), carnival, horseshoe and washer tournaments, vendors and more (admission is free for spectators).
Cost: FREE festival admission.
More Info: http://elgintxchamber.com/5504207_46362.htm

Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival
Where: Lake Pflugerville (18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville)
When: 3pm – 11pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: dark (approximately 9:15pm)
Activities: The event features two stages with live music, a children’s area on both the north and south shores of the lake, dozens of food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, businesses on display — all before the pfantastic fireworks show! Stake out a spot on the north beach after 12 p.m., take a walk around the lake, or rent a kayak on site from Pflug Pfun. Check here for a list of what to bring.  
Special Movie at the Beach: A throwback to 1965, “Beach Blanket Bingo,” will be shown after the fireworks show, on the North shore. Sing along with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello!
Cost: FREE. Free shuttle buses will run from Noon to 11:30 p.m., to and from Hendrickson High School only this year. There is no onsite public parking at the lake, except for those vehicles bearing handicapped plates or hanging tags. (Designated lots available for vendors, musicians, staff and event volunteers.)
More Info: http://tx-pflugerville3.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=1141

Bastrop Patriotic Festival
Where: Fisherman’s Park (1200 Willow St, Bastrop)
When: 4-10pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: at dusk
Activities: This family friendly event to celebrate our Nation’s Independence includes vendors booths and children’s activities at Fisherman’s Park. Austin’s Symphonic Band will be in attendance and the program will conclude with fireworks at dusk.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://business.bastropchamber.com/events/details/bastrop-patriotic-festival-6427

The Quarries Fireworks
Where: The Quarries (1400 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin)
When: 7pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: At sundown
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://hpbc.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=313933&fbx=eventF1943CFC-BB88-4347-800F-E39894FAC9E8&eventdate=07/03/2015

Metz Movies Under the Stars: Independence Day
Where: Metz Rec Center, 2704 Canterbury St
When: 8pm on July 3rd
Activities: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie at Metz every Friday at dusk. Free popcorn and drink at every showing. Movie nights will take place unless inclement weather occurs. Call 478-8716 to check on weather cancellations.
Cost: FREE
More Info: https://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Parks/Recreation_Centers/metz_movienight2015.pdf

Celebrations on July 4, 2015:

39th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks
Where: Vic Mathias Shores (formerly known as Auditorium Shores: 800 West Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704)
When: concert starts at 8:30pm
Fireworks: approximately 9:30pm on July 4th
Activities: Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue, heading down to Vic Mathias Shores for an amazing event, complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.
Cost: FREE admission. For the best experience, park north of Lady Bird Lake in the downtown area to avoid congestion in and around Lamar, Barton Springs Road and Riverside. In addition, the Bouldin Creek meighborhood will have parking restrictions in place.
More Info: Click here for details regarding what is allowed in and what is restricted.

Bastrop Pet and Pal Parade
Where: Starting at the Bastrop County Courthouse (804 Pecan St.)
When: 10am on July 4th
Activities: The Annual Pet and Pal parade will bark, quack and roll down Main Street in Bastrop. Registration will begin at 8 AM and end at 8:45 AM with judging to start at 9 AM. The parade will begin at the Bastrop County Courthouse, proceed down Pine Street to Main, Main to Spring, then end in front of the Bastrop Opera House where awards will be given.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://business.bastropchamber.com/events/details/pet-and-pal-parade-6426

Bob Schneider’s 4th of July Bash
Where: Nutty Brown Cafe, 12226 Hwy. 290 West
When: 6pm doors, 7:30pm show
Activities: Bob Schneider is back for his annual 4th of July Bash at the Nutty Brown Cafe. Wear your red, white and blue to this celebration of the U S of A with a spectacular fireworks show! Opening acts are Wink Burcham and also The Digital Wild.
Cost: Tickets start at $17 general admission (all ages)
More Info: http://nuttybrown.com/bob-schneiders-4th-of-july-bash

Cedar Park 4th of July Parade & Celebration
Where: Parade begins at Cedar Park Center traveling down Discovery Blvd. to the Cedar Park Recreation Center; Celebration is at Milburn Park (1901 Sun Chase Blvd.)
When: 10am (Parade begins) & 4pm – 10:30pm (Celebration) on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:15pm
Activities: Come celebrate and enjoy live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions and activities. Live music begins at 5:30pm with Common Thread, Ullrich Ellison and Connection. The Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem will take place at 8pm and then Crossline will perform. The professional fireworks display will begin
promptly at 9:15, after which there will be an “After Glow” dance party with music from Crossline.
Cost: FREE admission; park at the Cedar Park Center or the Cedar Park Recreation Center for the parade and CPHS, CPMS and ACC for the Celebration
More Info: http://cedarparktx.us/index.aspx?page=446 

Georgetown’s Sertoma 4th of July Celebration
Where: San Gabriel Park (455 E Morrow St, Georgetown)
When: 11am-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: approximately 9:30pm
Activities: The festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with over 60 Arts and Craft booths, 20 Food vendors. Kiddie rides, Bounce Houses and games along with a Petting Zoo are provided for the children. Musical entertainment, featuring some of the best local and central Texas talent, will begin at the Gazebo at 12 noon and will continue all day. A “Hometown Parade”, sponsored by the Leadership Georgetown Alumni begins at 11:00 a.m. at the low water crossing, ending at the Gazebo.
Cost: FREE, but donations accepted at the Park as you exit
More Info: http://www.georgetownsertoma.org/4thofjuly.htm

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Where: Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave (12700 Hill Country Blvd.)
When: 4-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:45pm
Activities: Visitors can expect over 75 local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides & games, and of course, fireworks! The kids can enjoy the Red, White & Blue Petting Zoo, and can wear swimsuits for the Amazon Zipline, Slip n’ Slide, Water Tag, Screamin’ Demon, Super Slide and Bungee Trampoline. Play to earn prizes at the Hill Country Fair games, including the Bazooka Shooting Gallery, Archery Tag Hoverball, Anti-Gravity Game, Dip Bowling, Ring the Bottle and Spill the Milk. Live music includes Vallejo (4:15-5:30pm), Dawn & Hawkes (5:45-6:45pm), T Bird & the Breaks (7-8:15pm) and Uncle Lucius (8:30-9:45pm). Enjoy all of your favorite
Hill Country Galleria restaurants and eateries, as well as vendors including Schmidt Family Barbecue, Snow Balls from The Candy Jar, beer and wine from Chisos Grill, iced coffee from Bee Cave Coffee Co. and more. Dog friendly.
Cost: FREE admission and parking.
More info: www.HillCountryFest.com

Independence Day ExpressAdvertisement 
Where: Austin Steam Train Association 9401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite C-100; Cedar Park)
When: 10am departure time
Activities: All aboard this special Bertram Flyer to celebrate the red, white and blue! The 44 mile round trip journey spans the South San Gabriel River and stops for a 15 minute layover at the historic Bertram Depot. This ride is 2.5 hours round trip with a 15 minute layover.
Cost: $27+
More info: http://www.austinsteamtrain.org/event/0bb06f6032fb35f16b166234bab9d113

Kyle’s Independence Day Celebratiom & Fireworks Show
Where: Plum Creek Golf Course
When: 6-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: around 9:30pm
Activities: Plum Creek Golf Course will host a July 4th golf tournament beginning after lunch. Starting at 6pm, the pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks. No outside food or drink permitted on the golf course property. Hays CISD Performing Arts Center will entertain with music until the fireworks start. The free public program starts off at 7pm. The free public program starts off with The Blue Water Highway Band performing from 7p – 8:15p  followed by The Starlight Symphony Orchestra and Community Choir from 8:30p – 9:30p. No alcohol permitted on school grounds. For additional details, please visit their website.
Cost: FREE. Parking on paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway are the safest locations.
More Info: http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/independence-day-celebration-fireworks-show-0

Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration
Where: Bar-K Recreational Park, Lago Vista
When: activities begin at 9:30am on July 4th
Fireworks: roughly 9:30pm
Activities: A parade, 5k and fun run, talent contest, family fun games, tennis, Little Mr/Ms Lago Vista Contest, live music and the fireworks show at “dark 30″ (roughly 9:30pm).
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://lagovistajuly4.org/

Lakeway July 4th Celebration
Where: Parade starts on Lakeway Drive at the Live Oak Golf Course and concludes at the Activity Center. Activities will take place at the Lakeway Swim Center, 3103 Lakewood Blvd.
When: Parade starts at 8:30am, pageantry of the flags at 10:30am and fun begins at the Swim Center at noon. Pool admission is $3 until 6pm.
Fireworks: There will be no fireworks this year due to ongoing drought conditions.
Activities: After the parade and the pageantry of flags, there will be a keynote address, patriotic music and parade awards.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://tx-lakeway2.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=315

Leander’s Liberty Fest
Where: There are two entrances to the festival. Entrance A is located on US 183A South (between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way) and Entrance B is located on Hero Way (between Mel Mathis and US 183A).
When: Gates open at 5pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:10pm
Activities: There will be live music, featuring Granger Smith and Gary P. Nunn; vendors; children’s activities and fireworks. Leashed pets are allowed, as are canopies and large umbrellas for shade. No outside fireworks, including sparklers. No glass containers or grills. A $10 cooler fee benefits the Veterans Park Project.
Cost: FREE. Parking is available at the Festival Site. Car pooling is encouraged to Liberty Fest 2014. ADA Parking is available on the event site, must have handicapped tag. HEB Plus in Leander is open for Fireworks Viewing only. There is no parking on US183.
More Info: http://www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/liberty-fest

New Braunfels Parade & 4th of July Fireworks
Where: Main Plaza, Downtown New Braunfels (Parade) & Landa Park (Golf Course Dr., New Braunfels)
When: Concert starts at 6:30pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:15pm
Activities: The parade begins in the Saint Peter & Paul Church parking lot and ends at the plaza with a program, including the presentation of the Colors, a welcome, an invocation, special music, remarks by New Braunfels city officials, a benediction, retiring of the Colors and playing of the bells. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a free concert at the Landa Park Dance Slab. This year, Uprizing will perform live music at the Fischer Park Amphitheter, starting at 6:30pm.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://www.sophienburg.com/events/july-4th-parade & http://www.nbtexas.org/index.aspx?NID=1439

Red, White & Buda
Where: Parade is downtown, evening activities at Buda City Park (121 Main St, Buda)
When: 9am – 12pm & 7-10pm on July 4th
Parade: 9am
Fireworks: 9:30pm
Activities: Decorate your bike, wagon, scooter or stroller for the parade on Main Street. Awards will be given to the best decorated bikes and additional activities will take place after the parade at Buda City Park. Bring a picnic, a blanket or your lawn chair to Buda City Park for evening activities and fireworks.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://budachambertx.com/chamberevent/red-white-buda/
Round Rock Express vs. Nashville Sounds
Where: Dell Diamond (3400 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)
When: 7:05pm
Fireworks: at the end of ballgame
Cost: Tickets from $7 and up.
More Info: www.rrexpress.com

Round Rock Frontier Days Festival & Fireworks
Where: Old Settlers Park (3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)
When: Frontier Days Festival opens at noon (There is also a parade on Old Settlers Blvd at 10am)
Fireworks: At dark
Activities: A parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park and skydivers are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration. Independence Day festivities will begin with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park and include music from the Austin Symphonic Band. After the fireworks, the original Jurassic Park will screen for free in the park.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events/july-fourth-frontier-days-celebration/

Top Notch Hamburgers Hot Rod Drive-In Movie Night
Where: Top Notch Hamburgers, 7525 Burnet Rd.
When: 6-10pm on July 4th
Activities: As always, 1971 and earlier cars and trucks will be on display. Come celebrate Independence Day with Live Music with Travis Green and the Chiefs at 7pm, a movie after the band outside. Come early with the kids and have fun with a dunk tank, chicken flinger, ring toss and a hoops game from AustinMoonwalks. Top Notch will be serving up a special Sliders Basket and $1.00 Corn Dogs.
Cost: FREE
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/941209439264677/

Wells Branch 4th Fest
Where: North Austin’s Katherine Fleicher Park (2106 Klattenhoff Dr.)
When: Activities from 10am – 5pm
Fireworks: Organizers are still in search of a new fireworks site so check wellsbranchmud.com or check facebook.com/wellsbranchmud for updates.
Activities: A parade starts at the Park at 10am. When the parade returns, an afternoon of music by Off The Record, food from local restaurants, and activities for the kids around Katherine Fleischer Park. The Katherine Fleischer pool will be open and free to the public as well.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://www.wellsbranchmud.com/special_events/4th-fest.html

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Where: Austin360 Amphitheater (9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd)
When: Music starts at noon
Activities: To accommodate the 20 artists, this year’s picnic will feature two stages. The Grand Plaza will have picnic tables where fans can eat, drink, celebrate and watch their favorite artists, as well as a shopping area featuring a wide variety of Texas-based vendors. The picnic will also incorporate a very special fireworks display to commemorate the show and to celebrate the birth of America.
Cost: $35 and up
More Info: http://circuitoftheamericas.com/willie

July 4th neighborhood

Austin Neighborhood Parades on July 4th, 2015:

We know that if you have little ones, sometimes getting out at night for the big fireworks show is not always doable. No worries. Here is a bonus roundup of local Austin parades where you can get out and soak up some patriotic style in the morning (before nap time):
  • Allandale Neighborhood’s 56th Annual 4th of July Parade – July 4, 9 a.m. The Allandale Neighborhood Association will host their annual Fourth of July Parade, followed by patriotic festivities and awards for participants. To walk or ride in the parade, meet at 8:30 a.m. on Bullard, just south of White Rock, facing Gullett Elementary. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will travel north along Bullard, ending at the Gullett Elementary sports fields.
  • Barton Hills Neighborhood 28th Annual Independence Day Parade – July 4, 9am. Mark your calendars now to meet at the Barton Hills Market at 8:30 AM on July 4 with your decorated bike, stroller, wagon, or pet. The Parade down Barton Hills Drive to the Barton Hills Elementary playground starts at 9:00am, where games, cookies, and cold watermelon await. (1220 Barton Hills Dr)
  • Mueller 4th of July Parade & Pool Party – July 4, 9:30am – noon. The parade lineup will be at Paggi Square starting at 9:30am. The parade will leave the Square promptly at 10:00am and head down Robert Browning then taking Mattie down to conclude at Ella Wooten Park. The MNA will provide refreshments at Ella Wooten where the Pie Contest will be judged at 11:00am and the pool party will be in progress!
  • NWACA 4th of July Parade – July 4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Parade starts at Waterline and Far West in Northwest Austin, then finishes with fun afterward at Doss Elementary.
  • Steiner Ranch July 4th Parade: July 4, from 9am- 11am. The Steiner Ranch family parade will kick off at 9am at the Towne Square Community Center. Children are invited to bring their decorated bikes, wagons, scooters, and strollers to participate in the parade. Other activities will include games and activities, water slide and bounce house, kiddie splash area, chalk and bubbles, and local entertainment. Enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, a DJ, food, prizes and a visit from the Lake Travis Fire Department!
  • Rosedale July 4th Parade – July 4, 9:30 a.m. Join your neighbors at Ramsey Park to celebrate the 4th of July! Gather at the bleachers in the park at 9:30 a.m. to decorate bikes, hats, strollers, etc. and then at 10:00 a.m., promenade around the park. Return to the bleachers for watermelon and a water balloon toss followed by carnival games and baked goods.

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