Use this one-stop guide to plan your Austin-area Fourth of July weekend celebration

Looking for somewhere to celebrate the 4th? Here are some events happening in and around Austin this Independence Day.


Tarrytown Fourth of July Parade

The 27th annual neighborhood parade includes floats, cars and firetrucks. A party following the parade includes Maudies breakfast tacos, Teo's Gelato, Kona Ice, cookie decorating and face painting. Free. 9 a.m. (parade start). Tarrytown Texaco, 2400 Exposition Blvd. (parade start), Reed Park, 2600 Pecos St. (party).

Red, White and Blues at Geraldine's

The restaurant, located inside the Hotel Van Zandt, offers fried chicken, specialty cocktails and live blues music on July 3. Free (entry). 7:30 p.m. Geraldine's, 605 Davis St.

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic

Join Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Asleep at the Wheel and other musicians at the annual concert at the Circuit of the Americas, hosted by Live Nation and C3 Presents. $39.50-$550. 11 a.m. (gates open), noon (music begins). Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Rattle Inn 4th of July celebration

Celebrate 4th of July at Rattle Inn. Enjoy drink specials such as red, white, and blue jello shots, bomb pops, champagne cocktails, and Independence beers for $4. Take pictures with Rattle Inn’s giant photo frame while Slantic the Tablist plays all-time favorite jams. To enjoy the party from the Rooftop Deck, tables can be purchased using the link provided.

HEB 4th of July Fireworks and Symphony

The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a firework display over Lady Bird Lake. Outside food and drinks are not allowed but vendors will be selling concessions. Free. Symphony at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9:30. Vic Matthias Shores (Auditorium Shores) 900 W Riverside Dr., Austin.

The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band Grateful Ball

Celebrate the nation’s independence with an evening of bluegrass music. Each band will play one set and then they will play a set of Grateful Dead songs. Tickets $15-50. Doors 6 p.m. Age 21 and up.

2nd annual Pudding Wrestling competition

Austin Facial Hair Club is putting on the second installment of their 4th of July Pudding Wrestling competition. There will be live rock ’n roll music and anyone equipped with the appropriate facial hair can compete. Entrance is free. 3-7 p.m. The Blackheart, 86 Rainey St., Austin.

Fast Eddie’s 4th of July hot-dog eating contest

Visit Fast Eddie’s Billiards & Sports Bars around the state on July 3 for a chance to compete in a hot-dog eating contest. The winner will receive the cash from the pool of all $5 entry fees, plus one full month of free pool, preferred seating and a T-shirt. $5 (competition entry). 8 p.m. 13945 N. US 183, Ste. D122.

Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto

Brushy Creek  Fourth of July Parade and Festival

The Round Rock-area neighborhood celebrates Independence Day with a parade and a festival. Activities include a bounce house, foam pit, inflatable 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.

Fast Eddie’s 4th of July hot-dog eating contest

Visit Fast Eddie’s Billiards & Sports Bars around the state on July 3 for a chance to compete in a hot-dog eating contest. The winner will receive the cash from the pool of all $5 entry fees, plus one full month of free pool, preferred seating and a T-shirt. $5 (competition entry). 8 p.m. 100 Parker Dr.

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 watermelon and fireworks will be followed by the Lego Batman Movie. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main St. The festival is from 12-11 p.m. at Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd.

Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival set for July 4

Free music and assorted food trucks will precede a fireworks display, hosted by the city of Pflugerville. Doors open at 5 p.m., live music by the BlueBonnets and SkyRocket! begins at 6 p.m. The fireworks show starts at approximately 9:15 and is followed by an after-show concert. Free. The Pfield, 1440 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville,


Sertoma’s 4th of July in the Park

Enjoy a parade, more than 80 booths, a petting zoo, live entertainment, train rides, and fireworks at Sertoma’s annual Independence Day event. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the low water crossing in San Gabriel Park and ends at the Gazebo. Fireworks begin at dark. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Leander/Cedar Park

Liberty Fest

Celebrate the 4th with free fireworks, vendors and children’s activities at Leander’s Liberty Fest featuring live music by the Josh Abbot Band. Parking is limited to designated areas. Gates open 4:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The event location is off 183a South between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way.

Cedar Park 4th of July celebration and parade

Join the citizens of Cedar Park for a parade, free watermelon, fireworks, live music and assorted yard games to celebrate Independence Day. There will also be carnival rides, food and face painting available for a fee. The parade begins at 10 a.m., starting at H-E-B Center and ending at Cedar Park Recreation Center. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. at Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Lake Travis/Westlake

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy free live music and fireworks at the Hill Country Galleria. Free. 6:30 p.m. (live music begins), 9 p.m. (fireworks start). Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

West Lake Hills annual 4th of July parade

The West Lake Hills 12th annual Fourth of July parade starts at the Northstar Bank parking lot. The celebration immediately following the parade will feature a costume contest. 8:30 a.m. Free. 101 Westlake Drive, Austin. 512-327-3088.

Lions Club parade and picnic

The Spicewood & Highland Lakes Lions Club hosts a picnic and parade starting at the Spicewood Post Office. 9-11 a.m. Free. Spicewood Post Office, 121 Texas Spur 191, Spicewood. 512-577-1302.

Rollingwood Independence day celebration

A parade starts at City Hall and is followed by a party with food and games at Rollingwood Park. 9 a.m. (parade), 10 a.m. (party). Free. Rollingwood City Hall, 403 Nixon Drive, Rollingwood. 512-327-1838.

Lakeway 4th of July

Lakeway’s Fourth of July celebration includes a parade, Pageantry of Flags and swimming. 8:30 a.m. (parade), 10:30 a.m. (Pageantry), noon-8 p.m. (swimming). Morning activities are free; swimming costs $3. Various locations. 512-314-7500.

Dripping Springs 4th of July fireworks

Train rides, live music and a petting zoo accompany fireworks and the Dripping Springs Ranch Park & Event Center. A Salt Lick BBQ dinner is available for purchase and there will be live music by Gypsy Wind. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. 512-858-4725.

San Marcos/Buda/Kyle

Red, White, and Buda July 4th celebration

Starting with a Patriotic Parade down Main st., the event will include a best-decorated bike contest, food and a fireworks show. Free. (Parade) 9 -10 a.m. (Festivities) 7-10 p.m. Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio Rd., Buda.

Kyle Independence Day Fireworks Show

The Plum Creek Golf Course Clubhouse and the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center are both offering live music and a view of the fireworks, which will be launched from the golf course. (Pre-show) 6-9p.m. (Fireworks) 9:30 p.m. Various locations.

Martindale 4th of July children’s parade

Dozens of children lead the Martindale parade every 4th of July. The parade will go from Lockhart Street across Bowie to Johnson Street and back to Main Street. Booths will open across from the Library. 9 a.m. 411 Main St., Martindale.


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