Texas Loves America: 4th of July Celebrations

By Linsey Thut | June 30, 2016

We love Texas (because it’s the best state…) but we also love the good ol’ USA! We’ll never pass up a chance to celebrate America’s birthday and honor the veterans who bravely risked their lives for our freedom. So this weekend, grab your friends, family and lawn chairs and get ready to party at one of these 4th of July celebrations around Texas! This list isn’t comprehensive, but it will get your Independence Day party started!

 

HEB Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks –

Austin, TX

Picture by Roadway Productions.

Picture by Roadway Productions.

Join the folks of Austin for their traditional 4th of July Celebration at Vic Mathias Shores on July 4. Local arts and crafts vendors will be set up at 4 p.m. and the Austin Symphony will perform starting at 8 p.m. Watch fireworks over Lady Bird Lake from 9:30-10 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/symphony-july-4th/.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – Granbury, TX

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The town of Granbury is having a weekend-long celebration for Independence Day staring at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 30th with a concert at Acton United Methodist Church. The festivities continue all day on Saturday and Sunday with events including arts & crafts vendors, a chili cook-off, car shows and multiple live performances.  On July 4, the party kicks off with a “Kiwanis Firecracker 5K” at 8 a.m. and a parade down Pearl Street at 10 a.m. There will be a fireworks show over Lake Granbury at 9:45 p.m. To view the full schedule of events, click here.

Freedom Over Texas – Houston, TX

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The city of Houston is having a huge extravaganza to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th from 4 – 10 p.m. Country music stars Darius Rucker and Eli Young Band will perform, and there will also be performances and games for children at the Walmart All American Kids Zone. In the evening, there will be a fireworks display. Tickets are $8 before the event and $10 at the gate. Find more information here.

Fort Worth’s Fourth – Fort Worth, TX

Picture by  Trinity River Vision Authority.

Picture by Trinity River Vision Authority.

Enjoy floating the Trinity River while watching fireworks at Fort Worth’s Fourth on July 4, from 2-10 p.m. This festival boasts the largest fireworks show in North Texas. The event is free admission all day, and will feature live music from Gary P. Nunn and Party Machine. Throughout the day, there will be flyboard shows as well as an F-16 flyover. Tubes are provided for free on a first come, first serve basis. Click here for more information.

Fourth of July Celebration – San Antonio, TX

Picture by City of San Antonio.

Picture by City of San Antonio.

The party starts early in San Antonio on July 4th. Head to Woodlawn Lake Park for a Zumbathon and 1K at 8 a.m. and a 5K at 8:30 a.m. The Carnival opens at 10 a.m. and a Children’s Red White and Blue Parade starts at 11 a.m.  After the Opening Ceremonies at noon, there will be live music, food and games all day. At 9:30 p.m. the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza starts. The entire event is free and you can find more information here.

 

26th Annual 4th on Broadway – Lubbock, TX

Picture by Broadway Festivals, Inc.

Picture by Broadway Festivals, Inc.

This weekend is the 26th Annual 4th on Broadway @ Mackenzie so get ready to party. The festivities begin with the Lubbock Friday Art Trail on July 1 and La Raza on the Plaza on July 2nd featuring live performances. Then on July 3rd is a Texas Country Street Dance at the Lubbock County Courthouse Square from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.  Monday, July 4 is filled with events including a Parade at 9 a.m. and Picnic in the Park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with live entertainment, hot dog eating contests, petting zoos and more! That evening watch a performance by the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock and the Fireworks Extravaganza.

Star Spangled Salute – Midland, TX

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Picture by Midland.

The city of Midland is hosting a free celebration at Hogan Park on July 4 with plenty of activities the whole family will enjoy! There will be a Children’s Parade at 10 a.m.. At 7 p.m., kids can enjoy bounce houses, face painting and more at the Fun Zone while parents can enjoy a cold one and live music at the Beer Garden. At 10 p.m., the Spectacular Fireworks display begins. Find more information at http://www.midlandtxchamber.com/events/star_spangled_salute.aspx.

 

Freedom Fest – Nacogdoches, TX

Picture by Nacogdoches Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Picture by Nacogdoches Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

Celebrate Independence Day with the folks of Nacogdoches at a free festival from 5-9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Festival Park. There will be family friendly activities like a Hot Dog Eating Contest, the “Star Spangled Pitch Off” washer-pitching contest, sack races and more! . The fireworks show will begin 30 minutes after dark. Find more information here.

 

“Coolest” 4th of July – Fort Davis, TX

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Head to Fort Davis to join this four-day Fourth of July celebration starting on July 1 with a performance by Tumbleweed Smith at 7 p.m. The festivities on July 2 include a Pancake Breakfast to honor Veterans at 7:30 a.m., a Pie Contest, a gunfight and more! The party continues on July 3 and 4 with street vendors, live performances, historical demonstrations and a fireworks show on Sunday evening. Find more information at http://fortdavis.com/2016-fourth-of-july.html.

 

88th Independence Day Annual Celebration – McAllen, TX

Picture by City of McAllen.

Picture by City of McAllen.

McAllen is hosting their 88th annual Independence Day Celebration and you won’t want to miss it! The festivities begin on July 4 with a performance by the McAllen Town Band and Patriotic Program honoring veterans at 8 a.m., and then the Main Street Parade at 9 a.m. Throughout the day, the Freedom Festival will be set up with live performances, games and the Hot Dog Eating Contest. The Little Miss Fourth of July Pageant will take place from 1-4 p.m. and at 9 p.m., the Concert in the Sky Fireworks Extravaganza will begin. Find more information here.

 

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