Fourth of July is almost upon us, and we know where you should be spending yours: Austin, Texas! Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes an Austin 4th of July celebration that will put your hometown’s to shame. The hardest decision is what party to go to!
The iconic country singer Willie Nelson is headlining his 46th annual 4th of July Picnic, which lasts all day and includes stars like Johnny Bush, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and Alison Kraus playing on not one, but two stages! Doors at the Austin360 Ampitheatre open at 11, while the music starts from 11:30 until the fireworks display after sunset.
The Austin Symphony is never to be outdone, so they’re also hosting their annual Austin 4th of July concert of patriotic tunes. You probably wouldn’t have guessed this, but this is actually the largest celebration in the state! The concert starts at 8:30pm, with a firework display over Lady Bird Lake afterward, at about 9:30pm. Located on Vic Mathias Shores, it’s important to show up early to get the perfect grassy spot to kick back and enjoy the show.
We’re personally leaning towards the Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration, for the sole reason that we want to bring our dogs along! This dog-friendly festival is completely free and has a million and one activities to keep you occupied all day long. This is a party for locals, by locals, including some of the area’s awesome art vendors – over 100 arts & crafts booths to peruse – plus live music starting at 4pm on the outdoor stage.
We expect to eat our weight in the festival’s barbecue and festival food, not to mention making pit stops at some of the regular restaurants and bars located there. We’re not worried about it, though, because we’ll be spending hours moving around, either trying to ride all of the countless fair rides, or shopping ’til we drop to take some of the unique handmade jewelry, clothing, and artwork back home with us! This place also has its own jaw-dropping fireworks display at the end of the night!
This only skims the surface of the Austin 4th of July scene this year, and yet we’re already making summer plans for 2020 to hit up anything we can’t make it to this year. We can’t wait for 2019’s incredible Independence Day in Austin, Texas, and we hope you join in as well! Contact us today to book your stay in one of our lovely vacation rentals in Austin. Check out the best journeys to Austin, Texas!