Fourth of July 2019 in Austin

Top Independence Day Events & Things To Do

July 4th 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 Austin-style, with free live music, barbecue cookouts, plenty of watermelon, and even a Willie Nelson concert. Here's your guide to a long weekend of patriotic festivities, in Austin and beyond:

Willie Nelsons fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of The Americas in austin texas
Courtesy of COTA.

Austin July 4th Events

Watch the city’s finest firework displays light up the sky this July. Find some of the largest annual events and fireworks displays below, then explore our event calendar for even more events and things to do this July.

Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Join Austin's largest Independence Day celebration at Auditorium Shores at the Long Center. The Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks includes patriotic music by the Austin Symphony with a grand finale fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake. Witness the action from the Long Center or from the South First Street Bridge. Get there early and leave the chairs at home – this is a popular spot. Other bridge viewing options: Congress Bridge and Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Hill Country Galleria
Head to the Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival for live music, shopping, dining and fireworks. Bring the whole family to enjoy backyard games and local live music throughout the afternoon, then finish out the evening with a spectacular firework show.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Circuit of The Americas
Grab your friends and head out to Circuit of The Americas for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. Every year, Willie brings “Trigger” (his guitar’s pet name) and joins his closest friends to put on a star-studded Fourth of July concert followed by a spectacular firework show. This year, he will be joined by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson and more.

Bob Schneider’s Independence Day Celebration
Nutty Brown Amphitheater
Another fan favorite now in its fifth year, is Bob Schneider’s Independence Day Celebration. This year, bring the family out on Saturday, July 6 and join the local legend at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater, followed by (you guessed it) a firework show!

Nearby July 4th Events

Explore these nearby towns for more 4th of July happenings. Find family-friendly events, all-American concerts and plenty of Texas-sized fun.

July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration & Parade
Old Settler's Park
Head just north of Austin to Round Rock for the annual July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration & July Fourth Parade for live music, family-friendly games, the annual pig races and festival food and a spectacular fireworks show. Bring the whole family for the festival and parade then finish out the evening with movies after dark. 

Leander Liberty Fest
ACC San Gabriel Campus
The Leander Liberty Fest is doing it big this year with special guests, Jason Boland & the Stragglers and Mike Ryan. This free festival has all you need for a fun filled family day including a firework show, food and craft vendors.

Barton Springs Pool.

Outdoor Activities

Soak up plenty of Vitamin D during the long weekend! Bring your friends and a frisbee to Zilker Park. Furry friends are especially welcome. Or, lace up your hiking shoes to explore the Barton Creek Greenbelt, complete with hiking trails, a rope swing and plenty of scenic views. More Austin Hiking.

For great swimming and people watching, head to Barton Springs Pool, just minutes outside of downtown Austin. Located in the heart of Zilker Park, this swimmer’s paradise features clear water fed from underground springs that stays a refreshing 68 degrees year ‘round, along with grassy hills for sunbathing. More Swimming Holes.

Head to the Hill Country and get on the river with some friends, a cooler and a tube. Float the day away on the super clean, spring-fed San Marcos River. Swish down the Comal River near New Braunfels and enjoy shuttle service to and from the river. In Gruene, it’s all about the Guadalupe River. Rent a tube, raft or canoe or take a guided trip down the river. More Outdoor Activities.

Lucy's Fried Chicken
Courtesy of Lucy's Fried Chicken.

Local Restaurants

Whether you're looking for a holiday party at a nearby craft brewery or a special, red, white and blue pie from a local bakery, Austin's dining community steps it up for the holiday weekend. Here are a few of the best restaurants in Austin where you can experience down-home American food for the 4th of July.

Love fried chicken? Bring on deep-fried buttermilk heaven at Lucy's Fried Chicken. Look for the colorful neon lady along South Congress and try twists on classic dishes like Deep Fried Deviled Eggs and Chicks and Chips.

Threadgill’s tasty music history runs deep, attracting everyone from country fans to rock-loving hippies (Janis Joplin was a waitress and performer) since the 1930s. Today, Threadgill’s is known for its Southern comfort food (try the signature chicken-fried steak) and live shows.

Head west, into the Hill Country, for a truly Texan meal at Jack Allen's Kitchen, Oak Hill. This farm-to-table eatery serves up a fresh menu each night, featuring locally sourced ingredients and beverages. Treat yourself to one of the specialty margaritas alongside the smashed guacamole.

Make tracks to Bee Cave in the Texas Hill Country and get your bib ready for some lip-smacking baby back ribs from Schmidt Family Barbecue. In business for more than 75 years, the Schmidts are known for their house-smoked meats, including tender barbecue beef brisket.

Pack up the kids and head to Hat Creek Burger Company. This indoor/outdoor burger spot features all natural juicy burgers, milkshakes for the kids, craft beer for the 'rents, picnic tables and a playground.

Yes, you’re still in Texas. But Evangeline Cafe brings the Cajun and Creole attitude with dishes like seafood gumbo, chicken fried gator and crawfish etouffee. Pair your meal with a refreshing Shiner Bock. 

Take in the Nantucket beach house vibe on Perla's wooden deck. The South Congress seafood and oyster bar is made for long lunches and happy hours. Savor fresh oysters from Washington to Prince Edward Island and apps like crab cakes and New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp.

Want to take your meal with you to watch fireworks? Order a New York-style pie from Home Slice Pizza. The hand-tossed pizzas are a South Congress neighborhood favorite, with toppings ranging from traditional sausage to fried eggplant.

Let the kids run free at Phil’s Ice House, where the little ones will enjoy the expansive playscape and neighboring Amy's Ice Creams while adults appreciate creative combinations like the Rosedale Burger (cheddar mesquite burger with all the fixins and mesquite BBQ sauce) and a Parent’s Recess happy hour.

Craving some of that famous Austin barbecue? Get your taste buds singing with our finger-licking Ultimate Guide to Austin Barbecue.

Where to Stay

Make a long weekend out of the holiday and book a stay in family-friendly resort, an elegant historic hotel or one of Austin’s funky boutiques. Explore all of Austin’s lodging options and book your stay.