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Willie Nelson's iconic 4th of July Picnic returns to Austin with huge lineup

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic returns to Austin with huge lineup

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Willie Nelson's 4th of July picnic returns to Austin this summer.  Photo by Shelley Neuman

For the first time in five years, Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic will take place in Austin. The iconic Texas event announced Monday that it will take over the Circuit of the Americas on July 4, 2015 for a full day of music, entertainment and fun.

"The first 4th of July picnic was outside Austin at Dripping Springs," Willie Nelson said in a press release.

"I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together. I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be. I thought it would be a nice idea to this year have it back in Austin."

The 42nd annual event promises a stacked lineup. Sturgill Simpson, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Russell, Billie Joe Shaver and Ray Wylie Hubbard are scheduled to perform. Of course Willie Nelson & Family round out the lineup. The festival will have two stages to accommodate all of the acts: the Austin360 Amphitheater and a second stage at the Grand Plaza.

Tickets for Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic go on sale Friday, April 10 at 10 am. Prices range from $35-$75.