Independence Day is right around the corner, and what a weekend of parades, festivals, and fireworks it will be! Get ready to celebrate the 4th of July Central Texas style, with free live music, watermelon, and even a Sam Bass Shootout. Here's your guide to three days of patriotic festivities, in Austin and beyond:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Round Rock Express Red, White and Blue Weekend Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3 at 7:05 p.m. For a twist on 4th of July weekend fun, head to Dell Diamond to see the Round Rock Express take on the Iowa Cubs. Sunday is H-E-B Kids Day, with free pre-game entertainment outside the stadium, and a post-game opportunity for kids 12 and under to run the bases. Also, for Red, White and Blue Weekend, fireworks will follow each ballgame. Tickets start at $7. Bring cash for parking. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Spend the day in Lago Vista's Bar-K Recreational Park, along the shores of Lake Travis, for an all-day patriotic celebration! There will be a parade, a classic car show, live music, family games, arts and crafts, and more! Plus, the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble will perform rousing marches and patriotic tunes, just before the fireworks start at dark. Bar-K Recreational Park, 6608 Bar K Clubhouse Ct., Lago Vista.

Bastrop Patriotic Festival Saturday, July 2, 4-10 p.m. The Austin Symphonic Band will perform along the banks of the Colorado River in Bastrop. The evening will close with a fireworks spectacular as the band plays on! Fisherman's Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop.

Bob Schneider's Independence Day Celebration Saturday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m. Bob Schneider returns to Nutty Brown Cafe for his annual Independence Day Bash! The concert will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show. Tickets are $20 general admission or $100 VIP. Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Highway 290 West, Austin.

Fireworks in Austin. Photo by Do512Family
Fireworks at the Capitol. Courtesy of Do512 Family.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Georgetown's Sertoma Fourth of July Celebration Sunday, July 3, 12-10 p.m. and Monday, July 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Kick off your 4th of July fun with this two-day event featuring a hometown parade, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, bounce houses, games and a petting zoo. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday. San Gabriel Park, 445 E Morrow St., Georgetown.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration Monday, July 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The whole family will enjoy this festival with carnival rides and games, art vendors, and live music from Vallejo and KP & The Boom Boom. Admission and parking are free. Be sure to stay for the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

39th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks Monday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m. The Austin Symphony Orchestra returns to Lady Bird Lake with a concert of symphonic patriotic classics and a fireworks display over the city skyline. The orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by mile-high fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores), 800 W. Riverside Dr., Austin.

Cedar Park 4th of July Parade & Celebration Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. (parade) and 4-10:30 p.m. (celebration) Head to Cedar Park Center for the morning parade which travels down Discovery Blvd. In the afternoon, Milburn Park will be bustling with family fun, including live music, inflatables, carnival games, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival Monday, July 4, 6-11 p.m. Head to Lake Pflugerville for children's entertainment, food vendors, live music and a pfantastic fireworks show. Stick around after the fireworks for a performance by Austin's own The Nightowls. Free shuttle buses will be available as there will be no on-site parking. Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Ln., Pflugerville.

Round Rock Frontier Days Celebration & Fourth of July Parade Monday, July 4, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. It doesn't get much better than Swifty Swine Pig Races, a cowboy sing-along, Sam Bass Shootouts, and skydivers. But wait! Round Rock Frontier Days also offers free activities for kids, free watermelon, live music and a free movie following the fireworks. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Contributed by Heidi GollubTrue Austin Family Insider and creator of Free Fun in Austin.