Independence Day Celebrations in Austin

Posted by Crystal Olenbush on Monday, June 30th, 2008 at 7:14pm.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and, if you live in Austin or if you are planning to visit the area during the holiday, you certainly want to know about the many different fireworks displays and other forms of celebration that are taking place in the area. 

Every year, the city of Austin used to put on a fantastic fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake (Which used to be called Town Lake), but the annual celebration now takes place at Zilker Park.  Not only can you enjoy some amazing pyrotechnics at the celebration, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is also planning to perform at the event.

More than 100,000 people usually attend this event each year, which officially begins at 8:30 pm.  If you are planning to join in the celebration, you might want to bring a lawn chair or even a picnic basket so you and your friends and family can enjoy a nice picnic.  Keep in mind, however, that glass containers and alcohol are not permitted. 

Round Rock, which is just north of Austin, also has an annual Frontier Days celebration in order to commemorate the holiday.  Here, a parade moves down Main Street and into Old Settler’s Park.  You can enjoy free watermelon at the celebration while also enjoying a reenactment of the Sam Bass shootout.  This year, event coordinators are also planning for a skydiver to jump into the crowd at the event.

If you want to head south down Interstate 35 to San Marcos, you can participate in the Summerfest this Fourth of July.  The event takes place in San Marcos Plaza Park and includes a children’s parade, fireworks, and a variety of live musical performances.

Whether in the city of Austin or in the surrounding areas, there are plenty of celebration opportunities available to you this Fourth of July.

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