Celebrate Independence Day in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs with these events

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While many Independence Day celebrations are canceled this year due to COVID-19, some in-person and virtual events are still on. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

While many Independence Day celebrations are canceled this year due to COVID-19, some in-person and virtual events are still on. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Independence Day may look different this year, with many large gatherings canceled in light of rising COVID-19 case numbers in the Austin area. Travis County officials have publicly discouraged residents from attending large gatherings, and urged other local leaders to close public spaces where people often congregate for the holiday. All Austin and Travis County parks will be closed throughout the holiday weekend.

Information about closures and precautions being taken locally due to COVID-19 can be found here.

However, a number of in-person events in the Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs areas are still on with social distancing measures in place, as well as virtual events for those who choose to stick to home while public health risks are high. Here are a few of the events currently scheduled:

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic

A classic Austin-area event, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic goes virtual this year. Normally based out of Luck Reunion Ranch in the Spicewood area, Willie Nelson and friends will stream live performances to homes. Performers include Asleep at the Wheel, Shakey Graves, Lyle Lovett, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Sheryl Crow and others. Pre-sale tickets run $35, with prices rising to $45 the day of the event. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. www.williepicnic.com


Fire in the Sky

The annual Fire in the Sky fireworks show is scheduled to take place in Dripping Springs at 9:30 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks will be launched from Dripping Springs Sports and Recreation Park, 27148 RR 12, which will be closed during the event. Spectators are invited to watch from area parking lots and businesses downtown, while practicing social distancing. Jason and Carrie Isaac, the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau and the City of Dripping Springs host the event.

Celebration at Proof & Cooper

Proof & Cooper, located at 18800 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, will have a July 4 celebration including live performances, games, sparklers and fireworks. Events begin at 2 p.m. and fireworks will take place at 7:45 p.m. 512-264-1014. https://proofandcooper.square.site

Pig Roast at 12 Fox Beer Co.

12 Fox Beer Co. and Mike’s Q celebrate Independence Day with a pig roast at 4700 W. Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs. The menu includes pork, street corn, a roll, slaw and pineapple salsa. Tickets are $25. 512-626-4458. www.12foxbeer.com

Onion Creek Parade

Onion Creek American Legion Post 326 hosts its 24th annual Fourth of July parade beginning at Legends Way in Onion Creek and ending at Sullivan Park. The parade includes classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and decorated floats and begins at 9 a.m. While the parade usually precedes a neighborhood picnic, that part of the celebration is canceled this year due to coronavirus health precautions. www.alegiononioncreek.org/events
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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