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The top music-centric Fourth of July events actually taking place on the Fourth of July

The top music-centric Fourth of July events actually taking place on the Fourth of July

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Though some of you may celebrate our nation's independence a few days early by attending an event or two this weekend, there are a smattering of events taking place on Wednesday — Fourth of July proper.

While we encourage you to head over to our events page for a full listing of everything taking place on July 4th, we've pulled out a few strong, music-centric events going down within city limits.

Dale Watson Fourth of July BBQ Bash  

For four years, rockabilly silver fox Dale Watson has hosted a late night Fourth of July barbecue for Americana lovers. He will play two sets while guests (Just $5 to get in!) nosh on meat treats from the Sahara Smokehouse BBQ trailer.

Bob Schneider's 7th Annual Fourth of July Festival

People just can't fall out of love with Bob, can they? If you want a guaranteed seat to his well-attended event, you're going to have to buy a table. Otherwise show up with a small folding chair and some money for concessions. 

Black Red Blue

Austin-based jazz phenoms Ephraim Owens, Red Young and Brannen Temple transform into the explosively eclectic trio Black Red Black at the Highball Wednesday night. Collectively, these guys have won countless awards and appeared on the likes of the Tonight Show and Soul Train, as well as worked with stars such as Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker.

The Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks

You can't get more traditional or nostalgic than this. Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic spread to Auditorium Shores and take in a patriotic performance by the Symphony, cape up with spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.

Since the above is only a sampling of what our radical city has to offer, feel free to leave what events you'll be attending in the comments — maybe we'll see you there.

Hey, all you employers out there: Can you guys just go easy on us Thursday morning?