Texas 4th of July events near you!

July 1, 2021

Find a 4th of July event near you and celebrate Independence Day in 2021!


A 4th of July event in Texas

Oh say can you see?! It's that time of year again; a time for star-spangled spectacles, broad stripes, and bright stars; a time for fireworks, parades, picnics, and grilling; it's Independence Day! As we ramp up for Fourth of July weekend, Texans are ready to go all out, partially because many celebrations were called off last year, but mostly because Texans love Independence Day!

If you and your family are looking to find a 4th of July event near you, then take a look at our list of some of the best that Texas' communities - both large and small - have to offer.

Round Top


Whether you're from Texas or not, you very well may have heard of Round Top (especially if you like cafes and antiques). It's well known for its small town Texas charm, antique festivals, and, of course, its famous Fourth of July festivities!

For 170 years, Round Top has played host to a famous 4th of July parade and this year will mark the 171st! With the boom of a cannon, floats, hay rides, and antique cars follow a 1.8 mile track around the town, ending at the Round Top Rifle Association headquarters. 

Fourth of July festivities in Round Top include:
  • Onlookers can bring lawn chairs, ice chests with cool drinks, and enjoy the parade.
  • Biergarten for the adult beverages.
  • BBQ served at the Rifle Hall.
  • Cakewalk, raffle, and other family-friendly events.
  • Live music put on by the Round Top Brass Band, Round Top Jam Session, and more.

Chapel Hill, Washington County


Located in the heart of Washington County, Germania's home base is just a few short miles away from Chapel Hill. With that in mind, we would be remiss not to mention the "Let Freedom Ring Annual Independence Day Parade!" 

Fourth of July events in Chapel Hill:
  • Before the parade, check out the Cool Rods Car Show with live music.
  • Chapel Hill Historical Society hosts a petting zoo for the kids with hot dogs for sale at the Museum.
  • Food vendors will be available throughout the town and restaurants and shops will be open.
  • Kids can sign up for the "World Famous Kazoo Marching Band."

Austin


If you're looking for a wide variety of ways to celebrate your 4th of July weekend, there is no shortage of the Independence spirit in our State Capitol, Austin!

Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert and Fireworks. Listen to patriotic music from the Austin Symphony with a grand finale fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake. You can watch from the Long Center or from the South First Street Bridge. Just make sure to bring your lawn chairs!

Bob Schneider's Independence Day Celebration. Local music legend, Bob Schneider puts on his annual Independence Day concert at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater with fireworks to close it all out.

Outdoor fun. Austin is an active city! Pack up a picnic, grab some cool drinks, and head to one of the many outdoor spots Austin has to offer, like Zilker Park, Barton Springs, Lady Bird Lake, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, or the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

Fireworks. Apart from the fireworks listed above, there are a number of places in Austin and the surrounding communities you can go to see the rocket's red glare this Fourth of July

Galveston


Like many venues and events, the Fourth of July festivities in Galveston were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Unfortunate though that was, it means that the celebration this year is going to pack twice the punch!

Set up and watch the parade as a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles, street performers, and more wind their way from 59th all the way to 25th Street.

At night, enjoy live music and a fireworks display you're sure to remember; Galveston's Board of Trustees approved $20,000 to be spent on a show bright enough to make up for the previous year!

San Angelo


The skies above Central Texas are sure to be alight with Fourth of July fireworks, but our neighbors to the west in San Angelo will be doing their part to celebrate, too!

Head to downtown San Angelo to watch the free festivities, named "A Star-Spangled Banner Concert & Fireworks!" Enjoy live music from the San Angelo Community Band, Mariachi Alma Mexicana, West Texas Jazz Orchestra, and the Air Force Band of the West. 

Then, just after sunset on July 4th, the fireworks begin over Lake Nasworthy

North Texas


If you find yourself in the northern part of Texas this Fourth of July, you won't have a problem finding fun activities for the family to enjoy. In fact, with so many different communities breaking out their red, white, and blue to celebrate the occasion, you might have trouble deciding what to do! Take a look at some of these awesome Independence Day events in North Texas!

Fort Worth. Boasting the largest fireworks show in North Texas, Fort Worth's Fourth is looking to celebrate July 4th 2021 with a bang! Spectators can gather at Panther Island Pavilion along the Trinity River for food, drinks, live music, and of course, fireworks - for free!

Arlington. The Arlington independence Day Parade is an annual tradition dating back to 1965, and it is the oldest, longest running event in Arlington! What started as a small bicycle parade along a park path has since grown into a two-mile spectacle that makes its way through downtown Arlington and UTA's College Park District. Now, 75,000 spectators come together to watch everything from small, individual parade entries to large professionally-built floats, all adorned in red, white, and blue. The theme for 2021 is "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!" 

Are you a Texas Rangers fan? If you enjoy America's favorite pastime, head over to Globe Life Park in Arlington for a very special Texas Rangers Family Field Day! Inside the park, participants can take part in the Wiffle Ball Homerun Derby, run bases, play catch, take a tour of the park, and much more. As a bonus, guests also get early parking access to watch the City of Arlington fireworks display that evening! 

San Antonio


Residents of San Antonio and the surrounding communities, such as San Marcos and New Braunfels, will have plenty of Fourth of July celebrations and events to choose from this year. Here are some of the biggest events to watch out for in San Antonio during the Fourth of July weekend!

Woodlawn Lake Park. In partnership with H-E-B, The City of San Antonio is proud to once again present The Official City of San Antonio Fourth of July Celebration after its cancellation in 2020. This free, all-day event includes local food trucks, BBQ, burgers, hot-dogs, tacos, aguas frescas, and carnival games for the whole family. Later in the evening, the U.S. Air Force Band of the West takes the stage before fireworks light up the sky over Woodlawn Lake. 

The Alamo. Although known for its famous role in Texas' battle for independence, the Alamo has become a symbol of independence around the world. With that in mind, it's hard to think of a more fitting setting for a Fourth of July celebration than this historic Texas landmark. Visitors can watch a variety of historical demonstrations, including weapons, medicine, artillery, and drill demonstrations as well as a number of fun, interactive activities for kids. You can even sign a giant replica of the Declaration of Independence!   

Honorable mentions


The truth is that every community in Texas has their own special way of celebrating Independence Day! They're all worth mentioning, but of course, we can't list them all! To round out our list, here are a few more local 4th of July celebrations you may want to attend this year.

Granbury. Freedom and fireworks! Stop by this Fourth of July weekend for something special each day; vendors on the square, parades, and fireworks to wrap it all up. 

Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg is well-known for its food, shops, and Independence Day celebrations, complete with a parade and fireworks to match! While you're at it, consider skipping over to check out the aptly-named Enchanted Rock nature park

Lockhart. If you're a fan of Texas smoked meats, then you've probably heard of Lockhart. But the BBQ isn't the only thing heating up this Fourth of July weekend! Lockhart's July Fourth Extravaganza is an annual festival filled with games, arts and crafts, swimming, fireworks, and food. Did we mention they have great BBQ? 

No matter where in Texas you are, have a safe and happy Fourth of July! 

A 4th of July event in Texas

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by Geoff Ullrich

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Geoff Ullrich is a writer and Content Marketing Specialist at Germania Insurance.