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The Best 4th of July Events in Austin This Year

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Pull out your patriotic EVERYTHING because America’s birthday is right around the corner. That’s right, can you believe we are already past mid-year? The 4th of July events in Austin are already planned and we’re here to share what’s going down!

All the big events are back this year and they are bigger than ever, to ring in a missed holiday from 2020. Check out our guide below for all the exciting events, delicious restaurants, and outdoor activities you should put on your calendar. Now all you need to figure out is who you’re bringing along!

July 4th Events:

Head on down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores, to hear some music and see some fireworks that are sure to make your heart flutter.

This free event is open to the public and will feature “mile-high” fireworks in front of the skyline view.

🗓 JUL 4 | 8PM
📍 900 W Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704

Bob Schneider is back to put on another spectacular show!

Head on down south to the Nutty Brown amphitheater to hear some tunes and end the night with a fireworks show. There’s nothing like seeing the sky lit up away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tickets start at $35. This family-friendly event is on Saturday, giving you plenty of time to recover the next day.

🗓 JUL 3 | 6PM
📍 12225 US-290, Austin, TX 78737

Looking for a daytime activity, with enough to get the kids tired and ready for bed once home? Well then Hill Country Galleria is the place to be.

This July 4th, they are putting on a market and music show to celebrate the patriotic holiday. This free event will feature over 75 art vendors, kids rides, and a fireworks display to end the night! Bring your chairs to watch the show and hear the bands.

🗓 JUL 4 | 4PM-10PM
📍 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

It’s not Independence holiday without watching “Independence Day” at least once!

Blue Starlite Drive-In is showing the movie on July 3rd,  just in time to get ready to head back to the movies. This socially-distance activity is perfect for a little date night to celebrate the holiday, and only $35.50.

🗓 JUL 3 | 9PM
📍 300 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701

Get your kids excited because the waterpark has an activity-filled weekend planned!

On Friday, you can enjoy carnival activities, live entertainment, and contests. On Saturday, they’ll also add on hot air balloon rides and a fireworks display. You can even ride down the slide while watching the fireworks! How cool!

On Sunday you can enjoy an even longer fireworks display, while saluting local heroes. All of this is included in their season pass of only $64.99.

🗓 JUL 2-4 | All Day
📍18500 TX-130 North Service Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

The July 4th tradition lives in Lakeway!

The Lakeway neighborhood also has a family-friendly packed weekend, starting with a fireworks show on Friday. On Saturday, they are hosting a parade, followed by a Hot Dog reception. Why that entails, we aren’t quite sure. But it does sound exciting!

They’ll end the weekend with an opening of their Lakeway Swim Center, for only $4 all day.

🗓 JUL 2-4 | All Day
📍Lakeway, Texas

July 4th Activities:

Our friends at APK are open for business, and have tons of activities you can take out onto the lake.

Unlike a lot of kayak and SUP rental locations, APK is located on Lake Travis, not Lady Bird Lake. You can choose between a kayak, pedal kayak, and a SUP board for your time on the water.

We highly recommend trying out the pedal kayak if you’ve never been on one!

📍 1499 Graveyard Point Road, Lakeway, Texas 78734, United States

Rent a Boat

If you plan to rent a boat, stop what you are doing now and book it. We went on a sunset boat ride with Float On, and we are sure they are going to get booked up for the weekend. It was THAT fun, so you want to be sure there is room for your reservation. 

Below you can find the boat rental companies in Austin. Follow the link to start the process of getting your boat adventure booked!

A great way to keep your distance from others is to take a hike! We are all lucky enough to live in a city that has SO many options available within such a close distance. One of the many hiking trails around Austin is a great option to pass time!

Check out our blog for the best hiking in Austin!

REMINDER: Please respect others and keep your distance from people when out on these trails. Be sure to check the trail website before you go to ensure they are still open. 

Float the River

While it’s not necessarily in Austin, floating the river is a great way to get out of the house and spend one day cruising the water, over the weekend.

Choose between the San Marcos, Comal, and Guadalupe Rivers. Check float rental companies prior to visiting to ensure they are open and to ensure you don’t need a reservation.

Below you can find tube rental companies to get your tube reserved for the holiday weekend!

New Braunfels River

Comal River

San Marcos River

Want to make a plan that doesn’t require too much planning? Grab some food, a blanket, and head on over to a local park to post up at. While sipping on a refreshing drink, enjoying the summer weather is a sure way to celebrate America’s birthday.

Here’s some of our favorite parks to chill at, that are in the vicinity of the fireworks display near downtown!

July 4th Dining Options:

Looking for some good grub so you don’t have to bbq at home this year? Well, you’ve come to the right spot!

Here’s a list of all the restaurants you need to check out, that’ll fill your belly right on up before you head to a fireworks show. We have everything included, from Austin bbq spots that’ll make your mouth water, to great patio restaurants to enjoy under the sun. You’ll even find some Austin breweries that’ll keep you cool and refreshed.

Check Out The UNATION App For More Events

We want to see how you spend your holiday weekend so be sure to tag us in all your 4th of July shenanigans @StufftoDoinAustin. Be sure to follow us on InstagramTikTok, Twitter, and Facebook, too!


Poonam Patel

Poonam Patel

Poonam is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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