Celebrate this Independence Day with a bang. We've rounded up the best and brightest Fourth of July fireworks displays in Austin and beyond. All of them are free, family-friendly, and, of course, fun.
Enjoy the most dazzling fireworks display in town with a live performance from the Austin Symphony Orchestra at Auditorium Shores during the 41st annual July Fourth Concert and Fireworks. The concert begins at 8:30 pm and fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 pm.
Head out to the Hill Country Galleria for a family-focused Independence Day Celebration. Starting at 6:30 pm, swing by any of the Galleria's restaurants, order something to-go, and enjoy it on the amphitheater lawn with live music from Vallejo and The Watters before the fireworks launch at 9 pm.
Gather at City Park for the appropriately named Red, White & Buda event. Live music and festivities begin at 7 pm. Fireworks end the evening with a bang at 9:30 pm. If you're feeling extra patriotic, enjoy a Main Street parade and more at City Hall starting at 8:30 am.
Celebrate Independence Day along the banks of the San Marcos River at Plaza Park during SummerFest. The event includes a children's parade and costume contest, as well as activity booths, vendors, and live music from Wyzer and the Adam Johnson Band. The festival gates open at 6 pm and the fireworks begin around 9:30 pm.
The Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival has moved to The Pfield for 2017. The festivities begin at 5 pm with food trucks and live music from SkyRocket! and The BlueBonnets.
July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration starts off with a parade at 10 am and continues with carnival rides, pig races, games, skydivers, a pepper eating contest, and more at Old Settlers Park. The grand finale is a fireworks display with music from the Austin Symphonic Band at 8:30 pm followed by a screening of The Lego Batman Movie.
The 32nd Annual Sertoma Club July 4th Celebration boasts live music performances, mini golf, food and craft vendors, rides for children (and adults!), a petting zoo, and more at San Gabriel Park. The fun launches at 11 am with a parade and wraps up at nightfall with fireworks.
Carnival games, bingo, a washer tournament, fireworks, and more are in store during the Fourth of July Celebration at Elizabeth Milburn Park, starting at 4 pm. There's also a Fourth of July Parade at 10 am at the H-E-B Center.
The Leander Liberty Fest promises great food, cool vendors, live music from the Josh Abbott Band, and an awesome fireworks display. The festival takes place from 5-10 pm on Highway 183 between Hero Way and San Gabriel Parkway. Feel free to pack a picnic.
Lago Vista Fourth of July Celebration's stellar fireworks display begins at "dark thirty" and wraps up a day of food of family-friendly games at the Lago Vista Golf Club. The city has a full lineup of Independence Day events, including a parade, a car show, and a fun run.
Celebrate Independence Day a little early during an all-day fair on Saturday, July 1. The Bastrop Patriotic Festival opens at 10 am at Fisherman's Park with a dominos and washer tournament, a pie and pepper eating contest, a water park for the kiddos, a petting zoo, and a whole lot more. Music from the Austin Symphonic Band starts at 8 pm followed by fireworks at around 9:15 pm.
Bonus: Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
Although this star-studded affair isn't free, the annual picnic promises stunning fireworks and an excellent music lineup at Austin360 Amphitheater.