Five Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Austin


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By Rustin Mehrabani-Farsi, Extras Editor

Austin is chock full of celebrations and fun activities for you and your friends to do this Independence Day, so if you’re looking for something to do this July, have no fear. Here are just five local ways to celebrate this holiday of freedom.

The H-E-B Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks
If you’re looking to join others in a massive celebration, this event is for you. Held at Auditorium Shores at Town Lake, this event is known as the largest Independence Day celebration in Austin. Beginning at 8 p.m., the celebration will feature a gorgeous fireworks display over the Austin skyline backed by classic patriotic music performed by a live orchestra. There’s no cost to attend, so feel free to bring your family and a picnic, lay down in the park, and join in the festivities.

Juliet’s Fourth of July Pre-Fireworks Party
Looking for a fun and delicious way to spend your Fourth of July afternoon? Look no further than an Italian-American cookout, hosted by Juliet’s Italian Kitchen. Located on Barton Springs Road, this buffet will have face painting for kids, and live music by local Austin band V5.

Lady Bird Lake Fireworks on the Water
Entering Lady Bird Lake from the rowing dock on Stratford Drive, you have the opportunity to watch a fireworks show from a boat if you have one, or you can rent out canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards. The event will also feature live music at Auditorium Shores, and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Independence Day Screening
For an early Fourth of July celebration, there will be a free screening of the movie ‘Independence Day’ at the Brixton on July 3, hosted by Independence Brewing Co. The screening begins at 6 p.m., and there will be free popcorn and drinks available for purchase.

Have Friends and Family Over
If you’re like most high schoolers who don’t have the time, money, or motivation to go outside the house, inviting your friends and family over to celebrate is always a viable option. If you have a pool you can have people over to cool off, or for a summer barbeque. Once night falls, feel free to go out into your yard and try to spot some fireworks.

The Fourth of July is a holiday meant to celebrate our freedom and gives us the opportunity to be thankful for what we have in this country. No matter how you choose to spend it, holidays are always a good excuse to celebrate with those who are close to you. Have a happy Fourth of July.