How to celebrate the Fourth of July in Austin

DO NOT USE WITH FAMILY CAL Thousands sit at at Vic Mathias Shores on Lady Bird Lake as the Austin symphony orchestra performs during the firework show over the lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Thousands sit at at Vic Mathias Shores on Lady Bird Lake as the Austin symphony orchestra performs during the firework show over the lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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: 


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