Honor the red, white, and blue at water parks, picnics, boozy bashes, all-day concerts, and more during the eight best things to do on the Fourth of July in Austin. Whether you’re hosting out-of-towners or you want a quaint family-friendly celebration, we’ve got you covered.
Stunning and free firework displays are set to light up the Austin sky at several locations across the city. If the traditional pomp and circumstance isn’t your thing, opt for an evening at the drive-in movies or raise a glass of cold American beer at a local brewery. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Saturday, June 30
The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue presents Independence Celebration
The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue hosts a majorly patriotic party ahead of the holiday complete with fireworks and family-friendly fun. JR Herrera will perform live while guests explore the playground, food trucks, and more. Stick around after the show for a memorable fireworks finale. Admission is free.
Wednesday, July 4
City of Cedar Park presents 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Venture to Cedar Park to celebrate Independence Day at the traditional 4th of July Parade down Discovery Boulevard. Following the parade, the party moves to Milburn Park with carnival rides, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon slices, and a fireworks display. Musical guest Jake Gill is also slated to perform live. The 4th of July Parade and Celebration is free and open to the public.
NLand Surf Park presents Fourth of July Beach Bash
It wouldn’t be a summer holiday without a little tubing. NLand Surf Park is hosting a beach bash for all ages as the perfect way to stay cool all day long. Guests can enjoy cold beers, burgers, kid's crafts, music, and more. Sunbathe on the beach or catch a wave in the surfing area. Tubing is open to ages 8 and up.
The 4th at ABGB: Partyin’ and Bikin’ to the Fireworks
Get a workout in ahead of the fireworks at The ABGB. Guests are invited to a dance party featuring live music by The Soul Supporters. Enjoy pizza and beer while the music plays, and following the shindig, attendees can go for a group bike ride to Auditorium Shores to watch the epic fireworks display. Additional party highlights include a watermelon eating contest, cornhole games, and a bike safety check by the pros at Ghisallo Cycling Initiative.
Hops & Grain 4th of July Party
Raise a glass in the name of Uncle Sam at the annual Hops & Grain 4th of July Party. The brewery will offer 16 beers on tap and will provide attendees with a special glass that commemorates the holiday. Your $20 ticket includes three pours and a take-home glass to add to your collection.
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Austin icon Willie Nelson hosts his annual 4th of July Picnic at Austin360 Amphitheater. The all-day event features two stages of nonstop musical performances for country and rock music fans alike. In between set changes, settle in at a picnic table to eat, drink, and watch your favorite artists in comfort. Attendees can also snag unique finds from a variety of Texas-based vendors in the shopping area. This year’s performers include Willie Nelson & Family, Asleep at the Wheel, Sturgill Simpson, Ryan Bingham, The Wild Feathers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and many others. Tickets still available.
Blue Starlite presents Independence Day and Fireworks
Pay your respects to Team USA with popcorn, film, and fireworks at the Blue Starlite Drive-In. Movie fans can watch a screening of blockbuster hit Independence Day in the comfort of their own vehicles or seated on the lawn. Following the film, guests can stay for a digital onscreen fireworks show. Select tickets still available.
H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks
Austin's largest and most beloved Independence Day celebration returns to Auditorium Shores for another year. Don your red, white, and blue and bring a picnic blanket and portable chairs to soak up the sights and sounds of Independence Day. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and listen as the Austin Symphony Orchestra performs patriotic classics in front of an illuminated city skyline. Admission is free.