Independence Day

These are the best 4th of July fireworks shows in Austin and beyond

These are the best 4th of July fireworks shows in Austin and beyond

Celebrate Independence Day with a bang. Photo by Iam Kluft

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.

Downtown Austin
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.

Bee Cave
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.

San Marcos
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.

Round Rock
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.

Cedar Park
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
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.