Fourth of July celebrations and firework shows will be held throughout the I-35 corridor, with shows scheduled in San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and New Braunfels. With shows canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, some cities, such as New Braunfels, are going all out this year to make up for last year's absence of events.


Red, White and Buda will begin and end Independence Day with celebrations. The traditional downtown Buda bike parade will kick off the holiday, and will start at the parking lot at the corner of Houston Street and Main Street, and will end in Buda City Park. A bike decorating party will be held at the Buda Public Library July 3, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Attendees can head to the new Buda Amphitheater and City Park in the evening for a community market with fireworks and live music from Quiet Company and American Aquarium. Free. 9 a.m. (bike parade begins), 5 p.m. (vendor and food market opens), 5:30 p.m. (Quiet Company performs), 7:30 p.m. (American Aquarium performs), 9:15 p.m. (fireworks show).


The city of Kyle's firework display will light the sky above Plum Creek Golf Course at sundown for 30 minutes, and the show will be streamed on KAZI 88.7 FM. Attendees will not be allowed on the golf course and are asked to park at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center and at parking lots near the intersection of Kohlers Crossing and FM 1626. According to the city, the site may not be available in 2022 if rules are violated or property is damaged. Free. 9 p.m.

New Braunfels

This year’s display is anticipated to be the largest display ever seen in the city, according to a press release, funded by a donation from Joy and Rocky Hill in honor of the 175th anniversary of the town’s founding. H-E-B will return as a sponsor for the event, and attendees can tune in to KGNB 1420 AM to listen to music timed to the display. Viewers will be able to see the fireworks from anywhere in Landa Park, the Landa Park Golf Course at Comal Springs and the Fredericksburg Baseball Fields. Free. 6 p.m. (seating begins at the golf course), 7 p.m. (Live at Landa Concert Series hosted at the Landa Park Dance Slab), 9:15 p.m. (fireworks show).

San Marcos

Summerfest returns this year, but will not feature a festival or concert as it previously has. A simulcast of the fireworks show will be presented on KSTW 89.9 FM. To view the show, which will be launched from Bobcat Stadium's west parking lot, attendees are advised to park at City Park, the San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos Public Library or Bobcat Stadium. A virtual costume contest for children will also be held, with one winner selected to receive a prize pack and pass to Wonder World Cave and Adventure Park. Free. 9:30 p.m.