Independence Day celebrations and deals in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Mimi's Cafe is offering free funnel cake to dine-in customers July 4.

Mimi's Cafe is offering free funnel cake to dine-in customers July 4.

Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto are all celebrating Independence Day each in their own way. Meanwhile, some businesses are offering specials for customers who visit their establishments July 4. Here is a wrap up of everything to do this Independence Day.


Brushy Creek Fourth of July Parade and Festival
The Round Rock-area neighborhood celebrates Independence Day with a parade and a festival. Activities include an obstacle course, water slide, face painting and food vendors. Free. 9:30 a.m. (parade start), 10 a.m. (festival start). The corner of North Field Street and Liberty Walk (parade start), Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Dr., Round Rock. www.bcmud.org





Frontier Days celebration, Sertoma Parade
Join the city of Round Rock for a parade, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contests and children’s activities. Free ice cream and fireworks will be followed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main St. The festival is from noon-11 p.m. at Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock. www.roundrocktexas.gov





Pfirecracker Pfestival at the Pfield
Pflugerville's 11th annual July 4 celebration returns this year to the Pfield, located at 1440 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville. The event offers an expanded children's play area and food trucks.

Austin-based cover band Suede will play before the fireworks display, which begins at 9:05 p.m.

All events at the Pfield begin July 4 at 5 p.m. http://pfirecrackerpfestival.com





Hutto celebrates 4th of July at Hutto Park at Brushy Creek
For the first year ever, the city of Hutto is holding Independence Day fetivities at Hutto Park at Brushy Creek, located at 1001 CR 137, Hutto.

The inaugural event features activities for kids, food trucks, live music and fireworks. The music begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 9:15 p.m.

Other activities offered at the July 4th celebration include a mechanical bull, a rock wall and helicopter rides offered by D-Tour Aviation. www.facebook.com/downtownhutto






Mimi's Cafe to offer free funnel cake on 4th of July
Mimi's Cafe, located at 4151 N. I-35, Round Rock, is offering free funnel cakes to customers on Independence Day. According to the company, customers only need to say "Free funnel cake" to receive the complementary dessert.

The offer begins at 11 a.m. on July 4 and is for dine-in customers only while supplies last. www.mimiscafe.com





32nd Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 165 is hosting its July 4th pancake breakfast for the 32nd year in a row. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is hosted this year at Sam Bass Fire Station 2, located at 16248 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock.

The breakfast costs $7 at the door and lasts 7 a.m.-12 p.m. www.troop165.org


By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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