Cities offer patriotic family fun

The Fourth of July is a well celebrated holiday in Central Texas. This year, Round Rock and Pflugerville are continuing the tradition of celebrations for families to enjoy.

The city of Round Rock will be hosting the annual Frontier Days celebration at Old Settlers Park on July 4. Events at the festival include a jalapeno pepper eating contest, parade, new carnival rides, skydivers and children's games. Also, the infamous Sam Bass shootout will be reenacted. The celebration concludes with a firework display and movie in the park.

"A cool thing is that Mayor [Alan] McGraw will be one of the skydivers this year" said Roger Heaney, Media Relations manager for Round Rock Parks and Recreation. "Frontier Days has always been a community tradition we started over 20 years ago".

Admission is free for all ages, and the event will be held from 8 a.m.–11p.m. at Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.

Also on July 4, the city of Pflugerville is hosting the Pfirecracker Pfestival at Lake Pflugerville. The annual event will include food, children's activities, swimming in the lake, and watercraft rentals. Live music performances will also be featured.

Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards can all be rented for three-and-one-half hours for $50.

Live bands will play at either the Stars Stage at the south end of Lake Pflugerville, or the Stripes Stage at the north end. Performances are scheduled to run until 9:45p.m. Bands include Eric Herman, Charlie Worsham, Austin's Cover Girl Band, Rian C. Band and Sammy Fox & the Intervention.

At 3 p.m., Pflugerville Parkway will close to traffic. Starting at 4 p.m., shuttle busses will be provided to take participants from parking locations at Pflugerville and Hendrickson high schools to the Pfestival. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes.

The event will be held at Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane and admission is free.

The city of Hutto is not hosting any events for the upcoming holiday.

Citizens who want to set off their own fireworks are advised to double-check the regulations for their area. According to their websites, the cities of Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Hutto maintain a strict ban on the sale or use of any firework.