MAP: 11 ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Lake Travis, Westlake

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Looking for a good place to celebrate Independence Day? Try going to one of these festivals.

JULY 2

1. Independence Day at the Reserve

The Reserve at Lake Travis hosts music and fireworks and its Cypress Club Lodge at Lake Travis. 6 p.m.-midnight. $25-$30, additional fees for food and drinks. 19926 Thurman Bend Road, Spicewood. 949-573-0315. www.reserveatlaketravis.com

JULY 4

2. Hill Country Galleria Independence Day celebration

Fireworks and shopping take place during the Hill Country Galleria’s Independence Day Celebration. Texas bands The Watters and Vallejo perform. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com

3. 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. www.westlakechamber.com

4. 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. www.spicewoodlions.org

5. 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. www.cityofrollingwood.com

6. 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; swimming at Lakeway Swim Center, 3103 Lakeway Boulevard, Austin. 512-314-7500. www.lakeway-tx.gov

7. Dripping Springs 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. www.destinationdrippingsprings.com

8. Lost Creek 4th of July celebration

Lost Creek residents can participate in a vehicle or pedestrian parade and play on equipment like a bouncy house, climbing wall and waterslide. Open to Lost Creek residents only. 8:45-11:30 a.m. Free. Various locations; festival at Lost Creek Country Club, 2612 Lost Creek Blvd., Austin. 310-924-1062. www.lcna.com

9. Parade at River Place

River Place residents participate in a parade for bikes, golf cards, pets and wagons with a “best decorated” contest. Open to River Place homeowners only. 9:30 a.m. Free. Sun Tree Park, 10607 Sun Tree Cove, Austin. www.riverplacehoa.org

10. Omni Barton Creek “Freedom of the Fourth”

The Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa will offer a special deal in honor of Independence day, including red, white and blue welcome amenities, tickets to their July 3 barbecue and a view of the fireworks show. Prices vary. 8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/austin-barton-creek/specials/fourth-of-july

11. Worth the trip: Austin Symphony Orchestra

The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs while accompanying a fireworks display during the H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks. 8:30 p.m. Free. Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. 512-476-6064. www.austinsymphony.org

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Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.
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