July 4th in Austin:
The fourth of July in Austin is a very festive time in the city. There is always a major fireworks event downtown, which is open to the public. Additionally, there are always fireworks and events in the Lake Travis area. Read on to learn about the various events to celebrate Independence Day in Austin in 2009!
H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks:
The "official" and largest 4th of July event in Austin will be held at Auditorium Shores at The Long Center. More than 100,000 Austinites will gather to see the Austin Symphony perform patriotic music, including the 1812 Overture, with the shooting of cannons by the Texas National Guard Salute Battery. Fireworks will be shot over Lady Bird Lake from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The orchestra will begin playing at 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted, but concessions will be sold.
Volente Beach 4th of July Fireworks:
Volente Beach Waterpark, which is on Lake Travis, offers another wonderful way to celebrate July 4th in Austin. There will be live music and a firework show that starts at dusk. The event is free to guests who purchased park admission prior to 8 p.m., and costs $5 for guests entering the park after 8.
July 4th Celebration in Lakeway:
The city of Lakeway, which lies on the outskirts of Austin, has its own Independence Day celebration. At 8:30 a.m., there will be a 4th of July parade down Lakeway Drive. The Pageant at the Lakeway Activity Center for the Grand Marshal Speech begins at 10:30 am.. Starting at 6 p.m., attendees will enjoy food, live entertainment, and fireworks. The events will end at 10:00 p.m.
Carlos 'N Charlies Fireworks Extravaganza:
The infamous restaurant and bar on Lake Travis hosts its firework extravaganza the night of July 3rd. On July 4th, they are not having fireworks but instead a night of live music with Lance Keltner and guests. Gates open at 6 p.m. and entry at the gates costs $15.