This list is by no means comprehensive, but it does highlight five celebrations in our area.
Music on the patio with Hourglass Trio
This Independence Day, Volente Beach Resort & Waterpark will host music on the patio featuring Austin’s acoustic rock group Hourglass Trio. The free event, hosted at Beachside Billy’s Restaurant, will take place at 16107 FM 2769, Leander, beginning at 7:30 p.m. 512-258-5110. www.volentebeach.com
City of Lakeway Fourth of July Celebration
The city of Lakeway’s 44th annual parade theme is “Fly Me to the Moon” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing. The parade will feature floats designed by businesses and organizations in the Lake Travis area, and NASA Research Pilot Kenneth Dale Cockrell will serve as grand marshal. After the parade, attendees are invited to the Lakeway Activity Center to participate in the patriotic Pageantry of Flags Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. and can also enjoy a free "picnic on the patio" complete with hot dogs, chips, drinks and snow cones. 8:30 a.m. Free. The parade route will go up Lakeway Drive from the Live Oak Clubhouse to Cross Creek. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov
Independence Day festival at the Hill Country Galleria
Join the festivities at the Hill Country Galleria, including live music from School of Rock, Eve & The Exiles, The Derailers, KP and the Boom Boom and Vallejo. Attendees can also shop and dine at all of the galleria's stores and restaurants, and there will be 100 arts, crafts and visual artisan vendor booths across the event. 4-10 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com
City of West Lake Hills Fourth of July parade and celebration
West Lake Hills will host its 12th annual Fourth of July celebration at Westlake’s Chamber of Commerce, located at 101 Westlake Drive, West Lake Hills. The event will feature a patriotic costume contest, live music, free food and a parade led by the Westlake Fire Department, according to the chamber's calendar. Listed sponsors include Firehouse Animal Shelter, Amy’s Ice Creams and Raising Cane’s. The parade, which will begin at 8:30 a.m., runs from Westlake Drive to Reville Road and back. A portion of proceeds will benefit foster care nonprofit Foster Angels of Central Texas, according to the chamber. 512-327-3088 www.westlakechamber.com
Screening of ‘Red Headed Stranger’ at Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch
Luck Cinema will launch its film series July 6 at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas, with a digital showing of the western “Red Headed Stranger.” The event will feature a Q&A with Nelson himself following a dinner prepared by chef Jesse Griffiths, owner of Austin’s Dai Due restaurant. The film will be showcased on a Rolling Roadshow projection screen at the movie’s original filming site. Sales began at 10 a.m. June 20, and all-inclusive tickets range from $100-$350. 979-242-4073. For more information, click here.