Independence Day is coming up, and you don’t want to be stuck at home watching the fireworks on TV. Texas has tons of great options to celebrate the Fourth. From official city celebrations to private events to just awesome places to be, there are lots of great options. So here are 10 of the best places to celebrate the Fourth of July in Texas.
10. Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – Granbury
This Independence Day festival begins on Thursday, June 30, and festivities will continue until Monday, July 4. Events include live music, arts and crafts vendors, a chili cookoff, and of course, a stunning fireworks display.
9. Fireworks on the Brazos – Washington
Sponsored by H-E-B, the annual Fireworks on the Brazos celebration that takes place at Washington on the Brazos State Park is definitely something you’ll want to experience. This year’s celebration goes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and features the Cody Bryan Band from 7-9 p.m. at the Amphitheater in the state park. Craft vendors and H-E-B will hand out free sodas at 5:30 p.m.
8. Big Bang Celebration – Corpus Christi
The Big Bang Celebration starts Thursday, June 30 and continues until Monday, July 4. The event features a parade, children’s entertainment, including a bounce houses and face painting, and a light show at the famous Harbor Bridge as a precursor to the fireworks show. The fireworks will be set off from the water, and it’s surely a sight to see.
7. H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks – Austin
Hosted annually at Auditorium Shores (recently renamed Vic Mathias Shores), Austin’s Fourth of July celebration includes a free concert of patriotic songs by the Austin Symphony, culminating in a fireworks show over Ladybird Lake. You’ll find several arts and crafts vendors there, too. While you’re down there you could even catch the bats take flight from under the Congress Avenue Bridge.
6. San Antonio’s Official July Fourth Celebration – San Antonio
The San Antonio Parks Foundation hosts this fun free event every year at Woodlawn Lake Park. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m and events include a zumbathon, live music and a parade.
5. Fair Park Fourth – Dallas
Located in the historic Fair Park (home to the State Fair of Texas), Fair Park Fourth is Dallas’ Independence Day celebration. Attendees can enjoy live music at the State Fair Midway, as well as viewing the historic art deco buildings still standing from the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. The fireworks start at 9:37 p.m.
4. Freedom Over Texas – Houston
Darius Rucker and the Eli Young Band will perform at Houston’s newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou this year at Houston’s annual Freedom Over Texas event. The festivities will run from 4-10 p.m.
3. 11th Annual Wilkins Family Live Free & Fly – Luckenbach
This annual charity concert will benefit The Austin Harmony Project and the Golden Hub of Fredericksburg, and features live music performances by the Josh Grider Band and the Zac Wilkerson Band among others. The event also features arts and crafts vendors, face painting and magic performances by Sunshine the Clown. The event ends at 6 p.m., giving you ample time to head to nearby Fredericksburg for fireworks at Ladybird Johnson Municipal Park at the magic time of “dark-thirty”.
2. Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic – Austin
The Austin 360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas will host Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic this year. The annual music festival features a stellar lineup of artists, including Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson with Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Brantley Gilbert, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Cody Johnson, Asleep at the Wheel, and many more. Tickets are still available here. The celebration even includes a fireworks display at the venue.
1. Fireworks Over the Bay – South Padre Island
Located at Louie’s Backyard in South Padre, the Fireworks Over the Bay are the largest fireworks celebration on the island on July 4. Of course, it’s Independence Day all Summer long on South Padre Island, since there is a fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. every Friday. And, really, what better place to spend Independence Day than at Texas’ most beautiful beaches?