Independence Day in Austin: Get Your Party On

Patriotic parades, fireworks displays and baseball games. The Fourth of July is upon us, and Austin is brimming with ways to celebrate.

Take your family to a neighborhood parade, feast on some refreshing watermelon and find an ideal place to spread a picnic blanket or park a car to watch the fireworks cast their colorful webs across the sky. Consider bringing sunblock and bug repellant along, and don’t forget your favorite tasty snacks and cold drinks.

Here’s a look at some of the top Austin-area fireworks and parades this weekend.

Big Fireworks and Parades

Austin Symphony H-E-B July Fourth Concert and Fireworks

The basics: Patriotic music by the Austin Symphony Orchestra and fireworks.
When: Friday, July 4, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. Cost: Free
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Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration

The basics: A 5K run, parade and talent show followed by fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.
When: Saturday, July 5, 5 p.m.
Where: Bar-K Recreational Park on Lake Travis. The address is simply: Lago Vista, TX
Cost: Free, but donations are requested
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Hays CISD 4th of July Star Spangled Event

The basics: Patriotic music by the Starlight Symphony Orchestra and local choirs, followed by City of Kyle fireworks
When: Friday, July 4, 7 p.m. Where: Hays CISD Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohler’s Crossing Road in Kyle
Cost: Free
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July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration in Round Rock

The basics: A parade, carnival rides, contests, fireworks and the movie “Despicable Me 2” in the park.
When: Friday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m., activities at noon and fireworks after dark, followed by the movie
Where: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd in Round Rock
Cost: Free
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Round Rock Express Red, White and Blue Weekend

The basics: Fireworks after the baseball game.
When: Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5 at 7:05 p.m.
Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley in Round Rock
Cost: $16
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Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival

The basics: Vendors, swimming, games, live music by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and fireworks
Where: Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane
When: Friday, July 4, 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Bastrop Patriotic Festival

The basics: Parade, music by the Bastrop Community Chorus and Band, dancing, Austin Symphonic Band and fireworks
When: Saturday, July 5, 6 p.m.
Where: Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St. in Bastrop
Cost: Free
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Local Neighborhood Parades

Cedar Park Town Center 4th of July Parade

When: Friday, July 4, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Cedar Park Center traveling down Discovery Blvd. to the Cedar Park Recreation Center
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Allandale’s 4th of July Parade

When: Friday, July 4, 9 a.m.
Where: Along Bullard Drive near Gullett Elementary School in Austin
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Steiner Ranch July 4th Parade

When: Friday, July 4, 9 a.m.
Where: 12550 Country Trails Lane in Austin
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Barton Hills Neighborhood Independence Day Parade

When: Friday, July 4, 9 a.m.
Were: Between 1220 Barton Hills Drive in Austin and Barton Hills Elementary School Park
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Mueller 4th of July Parade and Pool Party

When: Friday, July 4, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Starts at Paggi Square, 2101 Robert Browning St. in Austin, and ends at Ella Wooten Park.
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Austin Fireworks Rules

It’s illegal to have fireworks in Austin, and getting caught could lead to a $568 fire. But residents can still have fun with wooden stick sparklers, smoke bombs, glow worms, party poppers and snappers.

Austin Police respond to fireworks complaints on the 311 system — not 911.