What’s that? You’re not going to Willie’s picnic this year? That’s a questionable decision, but alas, there will be plenty of live music, fireworks and meat grilling happening elsewhere in the city. Here’s a quick guide to some of the holiday’s highlights.
Where to see fireworks:
- Don your red, white and blue at the H-E-B Austin Symphony Concert and join the largest Independence Day celebration in the state. Find a spot on the lawn to enjoy a fireworks display over Austin’s skyline with accompaniment from the Austin Symphony’s renditions of American classics. Concert at 8:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Vic Mathias Shores, 900 West Riverside Drive.
- KP and the Boom Boom and Vallejo are on the bill for the Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater, 12600 Hill Country Blvd.
- Imagine the picture-perfect views of fireworks over the downtown skyline while paddling down Lady Bird Lake. Reserve a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard for Monday evening to make your vision come true. The Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Drive.
- For more Fourth of July events, check out our events database
What to eat and drink:
- Find an eating contest, shrimp boil or drink specials in our Fourth of July food and drink events round up
- Make a better hamburger than you have before, or grab one of the best burgers in Austin
- Skip the charcoal: go grab a hot dog with a twist from one of these four local establishments
- Preparing for an outdoor party? Try these recipes sans mayo that won’t spoil in the sun.