happy b-day 'murica
8 firecrackin' ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Austin
Whether it's crackin' a cold one with your pals, checking out some cool parades, or hanging with Willie, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday. While fireworks are illegal in the city limits, you can still catch some cool displays around the Austin area, cool off with a special holiday cocktail, or decorate your own red-white-and-blue baked goods. Without further ado, here are some great ways to celebrate America's birthday.
Pre-Independence Day festivities
From July 1-8, this rooftop tiki bar will be serving their specialty "Holiday in the Sun" cocktails to enhance the days leading up to July 4th, and for the few days after. Celebrate America's birthday while pretending you're on a tropical retreat with their Island Time rum and passionfruit citrus cocktail ($17), or their rye whiskey and mezcal-based Sapphire Summer ($17). Or, bring some friends and share some Bahamian Punch, a carafe filled with coconut rum, peach liqueur, blue curacao, and lemon ($45). Reserve on OpenTable.
Austin's original farm-to-table restaurant Lenoir will host their all-you-can-eat Backyard Beefsteak Banquet on July 2. Part of the dinner's proceeds will benefit the Austin Parks Foundation. Besides the grilled beef from Peeler Farms, guests can eat their fill on housemade bread, seasonal side dishes, and desserts. Blue aprons will be provided (as things are expected to get messy), but Lenoir also encourages guests to bring their own for a contest to win a prize for the best apron. Seating will be available at 6 pm and 8 pm. Reservations ($95 per person, $20 for children aged 7 to 12, and free for children under 6) can be made on Resy.
July 4th celebrations
H-E-B Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks
If you're looking for a fun and free activity leading up to the annual fireworks show, this concert at the Long Center is full of family-friendly music right over the city's skyline. VIP guests can get the party started early from 5 to 7:30 pm with performances by Anna Macias Fiddlers, Lurleen Ladd, and the Austin Soundwaves. The concert officially begins for the general public at 8:30 pm. More information is at my.austinsymphony.org.
Who doesn’t love all-day access to a pool? Attendees at the hotel's “Grill and Chill for America” celebration can enjoy more than just a splash in the water. Holiday drink specials and unlimited grill bites (hot dogs, backyard chicken, veggie skewers, the works!) will be served throughout the afternoon from 3-7 pm. Vibe to the live music and engage in some classic lawn games at this cool shindig. Tickets ($55 for adults, free for children 12 and under) can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Hill Country Galleria
Bee Cave's outdoor shopping mall will host their annual Independence Day Festival from 4-10 pm. This family-friendly festivity will have fair rides, games, face painting, and lots of live music. Scheduled performances include the School of Rock, Rock Bottom String Band, The Selfless Lovers, The Tiarras, and Vallejo. Bee Cave mayor Kara King will give a speech towards the end of the night, followed by the fireworks show at 9:40 pm. This event is free to the public.
Lady Quackenbush's Cakery
Celebrations will be happening throughout the Mueller neighborhood on July 4th, and Lady Quack's will have their own cookie decorating station set up for the kiddos. The bakery will have special holiday goods for sale as well.
The Loren at Lady Bird Lake
One of the city's newest luxury hotels has three Independence Day specials this year, including a room package deal. The Loren's rooftop restaurant and bar Nido will be serving their rendition of an elevated hot dog meal, and the hotel cafe is offering curated picnic baskets for guests and visitors who want to have a bite to eat before the fireworks show at Auditorium Shores. More information is available at thelorenhotels.com.
Lost Draw Cellars in Fredericksburg
Following the annual parade, this Hill Country winery will host a Red, White and Blues event featuring Texas bluesman Ben Beckendorf at their Park Street location. Enjoy a nice glass of wine while listening to the live music and having a classic hot dog with all the fixins' from 11 am to 4 pm. Lost Draw will also have select bottles of white wine and rosé for $25, and $35 bottles of red wine. More information is at lostdrawcellars.com.