Where to celebrate Independence Day around Northwest Austin

Dell Diamond
The Round Rock Express are holding a celebration of Independence Day at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Round Rock Express are holding a celebration of Independence Day at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

With a nationwide shortage of available fireworks for individual use, Northwest Austin residents who were not able to grab their own pyrotechnics still have many options to celebrate Independence Day around town.

Here is a list of events that are open to the public this July 4 weekend.


H-E-B and the Austin Symphony Orchestra present the annual Independence Day fireworks show. The event is back in person this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 8 p.m. Free. Vic Mathias Shores, 2207 Hancock Drive, Austin. 512-476-6064. www.my.austinsymphony.org/july42021

Black Sheep Lodge in South Austin is holding its 11th Annual Corn Dog Eating Contest. For a $20 entry fee, contestants will compete to see who can eat the most corn dogs in just 8 minutes. Each contestant will get a free commemorative T-shirt and the winner of the contest walks home with a $250 cash prize. Entry fees go to benefit a local charity for dogs. Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-707-2744. www.blacksheeplodge.com

East Austin’s Central Machine Works Brewery & Beer Hall is throwing a July 4 party with live music. The brewery is holding barbecue food specials all day and will distribute flags and sparklers. Music starts at 5 p.m. Central Machine Works Brewery & Beer Hall, 4824 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin. 512-220-2340. www.cmwbrewery.com


Entertainment and recreation spot Dreamland is holding a fireworks display July 4. The show will start at 10 p.m., but Dreamland has events planned all day with food trucks, a taproom and a newly-installed splash pad to keep cool. Fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. Free entry. Dreamland, 2770 W. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs. 512-827-1279. www.dreamlanddstx.com


Cedar Park's Fourth of July Celebration will be held at Elizabeth Milburn Park from 5-11:30 p.m. where there will be fireworks, music and food trucks. The fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m., and a movie in the park, “The Sandlot,” will play following the fireworks. Free. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparktexas.gov/july4


Leander’s annual Liberty Fest on July 4 will include fireworks, vendors, balloon artists, face painters, henna and stilt walkers. This will be the first event at the city’s Great Lawn on Lakewood Park. The park will open at 2 p.m., and the first band will play at 5 p.m. Buses will pick up attendees at nearby parking lots and drop them off at the park. 2-10:30 p.m. Free. Lakewood Park, 2040 Artesian Springs, Leander. 512-528-2700. www.leandertx.gov


The Sertoma Independence Day Parade and Frontier Days celebration will take place July 3 with a full day of activities, including a parade, a carnival, live music and fireworks. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Free. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-218-5540. www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation

The Round Rock Express take on the Sugar Land Skeeters at Dell Diamond with festivities planned for Independence Day. Miniature American flags will be distributed to attending fans and a large fireworks show is planned to start after the finale of the game. Tickets start at $22. First pitch at 6:05 p.m. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. www.milb.com/round-rock
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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