The Fourth of July is all about fun, freedom, and (of course) fireworks. Here's your guide to the 10 biggest — and brightest — shows around Austin and Central Texas, all of which take place on Monday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. And they're all free.
The local tradition of fireworks over Lady Bird Lake continues. Enjoy the most dazzling fireworks display in town with a live performance from the Austin Symphony Orchestra at Auditorium Shores during the 40th 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 outdoor amphitheater lawn with live music from Valleja and KP & The Boom Boom alleja and KP & The Boom Boom before the fireworks launch. The Candy Jar will also serve sweet treats for the kids.
Gather at City Park for the appropriately named Red White and Buda. Live music, food vendors, and plenty of festivities begin at 7 pm. Fireworks start at 9:30 pm.
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 start around 9:30 pm.
Boasting the most packed schedule, the 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. The grand finale is a fireworks display with music from the Austin Symphonic Band around 8:30 pm.
The Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival will unleash a firestorm of fireworks from the south shore of Pflugerville Lake. Bring your own chair or rent a kayak to watch the stunning display from the water. The festivities begin at 6 pm with food trucks and live music from The Nightowls and The Lost Counts.
Carnival games, fun rides, bingo, a washer tournament, fireworks, and more are in store during the Fourth of July Celebration at Milburn Park, starting at 4 pm. You can also check out the Fourth of July Parade that begins at 10 am at the Cedar Park Center.
The "most speculator fireworks in Central Texas" are accompanied by tunes from the Austin Symphonic Band during the Bastrop Patriotic Festival on July 2. Indulge in food, drink, fun, and live music at Fisherman's Park, starting at 4 pm.
Enjoy a grand ole party during the Lago Vista Fourth of July Celebration on July 2. A stellar display, which begins at "dark thirty," follows a slew of family-friendly games at the Lago Vista Golf Courses. The city has a full lineup of Independence Day events, including a parade, a car show, and a fun run.
The Leander Liberty Fest promises great food, cool vendors, live music from Kevin Fowler and The Warhorses, and an awesome fireworks display at nightfall on July 3. The festival takes place from 6-10 pm on Highway 183 between Hero Way and San Gabriel Parkway. Feel free to bring your own picnic!