What to Do on Fourth of July in Austin
What’s better than celebrating your independence in a place like Austin, Texas? There isn’t much that we can think of that can beat it! That’s why we put together this list, so you can be in-the-know about all the hot Fourth of July activities in town. Fill up that long weekend with some high quality content. Whether you’re into water, music, comedy, fireworks, cinema, or bats, we’ve got you covered.
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- Celebrate your independence big Willie style at the latest installment of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic! If anyone knows how to throw a party devoted to America, it’s Willie Nelson. Boasting musicians such as Sturgill Simpson, The Head and the Heart, Ryan Bingham, and the man, Willie Nelson himself, it will be a serious event that you will not want to miss out on. The event will be on Wednesday, July 4 at Austin360 Amphitheater so you can make your Independence Day one for the books. Gates at 11 am, music starts at 12 pm.
Willie Nelson at his 4th of July picnic in 1979. Photo courtesy of Time Magazine.
Head on down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) on July 4th for the annual HEB Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks. This free event starts at 4:00 with all sorts of vendors for you to peruse. At 8:00, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will begin their insanely good patriotic renditions and the fireworks will start at 9:30 - this is when the audial meets the visual for a truly American and fulfilling experience. Make sure you bring a blanket or some chairs so you’ll can claim a prime seat for the show.
Do you love fireworks, kayaking, and bats? Then I’ve got some good news for ya. You can see both fireworks and bats from inside a kayak at Live Love Paddle’s 4th of July Bat Watching and Fireworks event. Check the website to buy tickets and reserve your spot for this one of a kind experience. The party starts at 6:30, where you can get out onto the water and see bats and fireworks traffic-free, an Austin rarity.
Tubular! Basically, if you’re in Austin in the summer, you want to be as close to the water as possible, so grab a tube and some friends and get ready to be relaxed as can be. You aren't required to, but if you want to go through a company that provides tubes and shuttles, you’ve got a bunch of options. The three big rivers to float down near Austin are the Comal, the Guadalupe, and the San Marcos. You can book with a place like ATXcursions which lets you pick a river and shuttles you to and from Austin, or you can pick a place depending on where you want to go. - For the Comal in New Braunfels, you have plenty of options, including: Landa Falls, Texas Tubes, and Chuck’s Tubes. - The Guadalupe also has plenty of options, including: Whitewater Sports, Tube Haus, and Shanty Tubes. - If you’re interested in the San Marcos, check out: San Marcos Lions Club, Texas State Tubes, and Don’s Fish Camp.
Are you trying to stay inside this 4th of July? It's gonna be a hot one! If the heat ain't your thing, you and the family can check out a viewing of Steven Spielberg's Jaws at the Alamo Drafthouse. What's better than a cold theater, a summer-centric film and the Alamo's delicious food menu at your disposal?
If you’re looking for more things to do, check out our blog post about 50 things for teens to do in Austin this summer.