One of the most popular times to visit Austin, Texas in the middle of summer, and for good reason. Austin features an incredible array of summer activities for all ages to enjoy. In particular, the 4th of July in Austin TX is a widely celebrated holiday citywide. Here is how to enjoy your next Independence Day in Austin:
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Austin TX Picnic
Music lovers everywhere probably know Willie Nelson started his roots in Austin and has since played endless shows in the city. Each year Willie and his closest friends celebrate the fourth of July in Austin with an incredible concert and fireworks display. Big names such as Sturgill Simpson and The Head and the Heart have joined him on stage for a joyous show. Come hungry and relax with this popular Independence Day activity. Music starts at noon for an all-day event.
July 4th at Austin Beer Garden
If you love craft beer and celebrating the fourth of July in Austin, make your way to the Austin Beer Garden’s annual festivities. Each year this celebrated brewery serves out their award-winning craft beer and pizza. Enjoy a group bike ride after the drinks start flowing and end the night with a dazzling firework display at the H-E-B Austin Symphony Concert. This fireworks display is the biggest and most viewed event of holiday. If you do not plan on biking over, make sure to plan ahead with a rideshare or taxi as parking can be difficult to find.
For a unique Independence Day experience head over to Stunt Ranch for their Rolling Roadshow series taking placing over the 4th of July holiday. You and your family can enjoy the thrill of a pyrotechnic show mixed with an action movie screening. Since it is the 4th of July in Austin TX, you can also expect an incredible firework show to end your evening with. Make sure to spend the day at Stunt Ranch to enjoy their adventurous activities such as ziplining, high platforms to jump from, and even an obstacle course. You will be an action stunt star in no time!
Summer Swimming in Austin
There’s no better way to beat the Austin summer heat on and around the Fourth of July than by taking a dip in one of the many swimming spots located throughout the city. Situated along the Barton Creek Greenbelt are multiple swimming holes perfect for enjoying a swim, whether in the deeper waters of Gus Fruh or wading along the tumbling cascades of Sculpture Falls or Twin Falls. The Barton Springs Pool is also a favorite, located in downtown Austin’s Zilker Park and offering a steady flow of natural spring water that maintains a constant temperature year-round. Summer days also bring forth many opportunities for enjoying the lakes and other waterways around Austin. Spend the day soaking up the sun aboard a ski boat, pontoon boat, luxury yacht, or wave runner on Austin’s Lake Travis, or combine a good workout with sightseeing aboard a stand-up paddleboard on Lake Austin or Lady Bird Lake. Austin’s waterways even provide the option of a lazy float downriver, with a tube keeping you afloat and a cooler by your side.
Celebrate American Cuisine
Ring in Independence Day in Austin by indulging in some American comfort food, of which you’ll find many options in Austin. Lucy’s Fried Chicken is a local favorite where you’ll find chicken fried to perfection and served up in a basket with quintessential red and white checkered paper. Moonshine Bar & Grill is another comfort food favorite, where corn dog shrimp and chicken and waffles are all washed down with an ice-cold glass of hard lemonade. Nobody barbeques like the American South, so if you haven’t quite had your fill, there’s one more stop to make on your Austin food tour. It’s hard to say whether you’ll smell the scent of barbeque drifting down the street first or spot the line of hungry customers extending from the door, but Franklin’s Barbeque is a must-visit. Get there early if you want to ensure you land an order of brisket or pulled pork from this lunch-only diner!
Nothing says summer like trying to eat the sweet drops of your favorite ice cream flavor before they escape from the cone. Treat the whole family to a good old-fashioned ice cream cone on your Fourth of July getaway to Austin from Amy’s Ice Creams. Serving ice cream to Austin residents and visitors for nearly four decades, Amy’s is a summertime mainstay. They are most well known for their Mexican vanilla ice cream, but with 350 flavors on rotation, you’re sure to find more than one option that excites the taste buds.
Celebrate Your Independence Day in Austin
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