Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to celebrating our nation’s independence. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide—more than 100 events!—to help you plan the perfect red, white, and blue holiday weekend.
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Addison: July 3
Rated one of the top five fireworks shows in the United States by the American Pyrotechnic Association, USA Today, and others, this celebration at Addison Circle Park features a choreographed, 30-minute, ground-launched fireworks show simulcast live on the radio. See fly-bys of World Class Warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and enjoy food, games, music, and more.
Amarillo: June 30
Explore the science of combustion at this family-friendly, Independence Day celebration event at the Don Harrington Discovery Center.
Arlington: July 1
Lake Viridian will be the spectacular canvas for a firework display celebrating the birth of a nation. The Arlington community’s celebration includes live music by The Shane Bell Band and headliner Infinite Journey, food by Blue Mesa, and tons of family-friendly activities. The festivities will culminate with a fireworks display, set to music, over the lake at 9:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Austin: July 4
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual, family-friendly concert of patriotic music at Auditorium Shores, culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.
Austin: July 4
This annual tradition returns to the Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas with performances by Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earl & the Dukes, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band, and Folk Uke.
Bastrop: July 1
The day begins with Bastrop’s Pet and Pal Parade, where pets of all types dressed in patriotic colors strut down Main Street. The evening festivities include children’s activities, picnics, food booths in Fisherman’s Park, and a fireworks display with music by the Austin Symphonic Band.
Beaumont: July 4
The Symphony of Southeast Texas once again joins the City of Beaumont for its annual July Fourth celebration downtown. The orchestra’s patriotic concert will be held at 8 p.m. inside the Julie Rogers Theatre and is free and open to the public. Following the concert, at 9 p.m., the festivities conclude with a grand fireworks display.
Bedford: July 4
Festivities begin at noon at the Splash Aquatics Center, then enjoy a children’s pavilion area, live music, a classic car show, and watch fireworks at 10 p.m. at Bedford Boys Ranch Park.
Bedford: July 4
Cars compete for awards at the Bedford Boys Ranch Park. See the fireworks after the show.
Big Spring: July 3
An annual celebration of Independence Day at the 400-acre historic Comanche Trail Park’s amphitheater.
Boerne: July 4
Sponsored by the Boerne Fire Department, this fireworks show can be viewed in many places around town, but the best place is Boerne City Park. Bring chairs, picnics, and your American spirit.
Canadian: July 1-4
Features a parade, turtle race, art shows, rodeos, dances, and more.
Canyon: June 2-Aug. 19
This family-friendly outdoor musical drama plays Tuesdays through Sundays in the picturesque Palo Duro Canyon State Park, with a special holiday fireworks show the week of July 4.
Cleburne: July 4
When it comes to a party, Cleburne does not miss a beat—music, food trucks, boating, and fireworks are coming to Lake Pat Cleburne beginning at 6:30 p.m. Head to the Cleburne Golf Links alongside Lake Pat Cleburne to enjoy music from local Texas band Benay & Logan, and enjoy food truck fare while waiting for the annual boat parade to begin at 8 p.m. The night will end with fireworks from the Lake Pat Cleburne dam.
Colorado City: July 4
Enjoy an afternoon of free swimming at the city pool, horseshoe and washer pitchin’ tournaments, a hot dog eating contest and a fireworks show to end the evening at Ruddick Park.
Comfort: July 1
Parade downtown at 10 a.m., barbecue, family activities, and vendors in Comfort Park.
Dalhart: July 1
This annual celebration in the Rita Blanca Lake park prior to fireworks includes food and game booths, and is free and open to the public.
Dallas: July 1-4
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will kick off five days of Independence Day events and activities with Family Fun Friday, live blues music, and $2 hot dogs and root beer floats.
Del Rio: July 1-2
The annual rodeo at Val Verde Fair Grounds raises funds for the Rotary Club of Del Rio’s scholarships and other community projects. Last year had more than 3,400 people in attendance.
Del Rio: July 4
A full afternoon of live music at Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez Jr., Amphitheatre before a fireworks show to celebrate our nation’s independence.
Del Rio: July 4
The parade travels through downtown Del Rio on South Main Street.
Denison: July 4
Enjoy concessions and fun for the whole family at Forest Park/Munson Stadium.
Denton: July 4
A spectacular fireworks show is set to patriotic music at the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium.
Denton: July 4
Features the Liberty Fun Run and 5K, the American Pride Cookoff, the Yankee Doodle Parade, a free children’s carnival, food, horseshoe tournament, and a craft show and sale in Quakertown Park.
Denver City: July 4
Enjoy this annual holiday picnic, car show, golf tournament, and fireworks display in Stuffy Moorhead Park.
Dripping Springs: July 4
Celebrate U.S. independence with a professional fireworks show in Dripping Springs Ranch Park.
Eagle Pass: July 4, 8, 15
On July 4, the downtown parade at 5 p.m. is followed by water games, musical entertainment, a ceremony, and fireworks display at Shelby Park. The Summer Sizzler 5K begins at 8 a.m. on July 8 at Shelby Park, and the Summer Sizzler Bike Race (4, 10, 30, and 50 miles) starts at 8 a.m. on July 15 at the Desert Lanes Bowling Center.
Edna: July 1
Event features an antique tractor show and parade, a kiddie tractor pull, a classic car show, and a fireworks display in Brackenridge Park and Campground.
Elgin: July 4
This annual event features a walking parade and a variety of activities on Main Street in historic downtown Elgin, concluding at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Elgin: July 4
“Push, Pedal, Pull, and Pets” is the theme of the annual walking parade and celebration held on the Fourth of July. Everyone is invited to walk or ride down Main Street from City Hall to Veterans’ Memorial Park. All non-motorized entries are accepted. Food and fun follow the parade with a short program and a Soap Box Derby Exhibition by the local Cub Scouts.
Ennis: July 1
Holiday events are held downtown.
Fort Davis: June 30-July 2
Enjoy live music, entertainment, great food, and arts and crafts on the Jeff Davis County Courthouse lawn Friday through Sunday. Fireworks are Friday night with live music both Friday and Saturday nights.
Fort Worth: July 4
2017 marks the 10th year of hosting this annual event on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. The event continues to grow year over year with upwards of 70,000 folks enjoying this free, family-friendly event. It’s the largest fireworks show in North Texas.
Fredericksburg: July 4
Enjoy a community parade down Main Street in Fredericksburg followed by a patriotic program at Marktplatz, a chili cookoff at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, live music in Luckenbach, and a concert and fireworks at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg.
Friendswood: July 4
The parade will begin on Friendswood and Heritage Drives, and concludes at Stevenson Park. In the park after the parade, there will be rides, games, food, entertainment, and fun for the entire family. The evening event starts at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park featuring live entertainment by “Bee Gee’s Gold.” Fireworks will start at approximately 9:20 p.m.
Frisco: July 4
Enjoy great food, music, and fireworks during one of North Texas’s biggest Independence Day celebrations at Frisco Square.
Galveston: June 30-July 4
The island has festivities planned every night of the holiday weekend kicking off Friday, June 30, and continuing through Tuesday, July 4. Events include beachfront fireworks shows every night, concerts on the sand, a new Boots and Eats on the Beach food truck event, an Independence Day parade, and more.
Garland: July 3
Families will enjoy face painters, balloon artists, bounce houses, strolling entertainment, and more at Firewheel Town Center. The event will culminate with a patriotic fireworks display sponsored by the City of Garland at 9:15 p.m. Free and open to the community.
Gladewater: July 1
A boat parade on Lake Gladewater begins at 8 p.m., with fireworks at dusk.
Granbury: July 1-4
For more than 40 years, the Granbury Chamber of Commerce has produced this sensational Independence Day celebration in the historic downtown square, featuring a hometown parade and extreme pyrotechnics fireworks show. This year’s event includes the Kiwanis Firecracker 5K, D&D Rockin’ Rods Classic Car Show, a concert on the square, and a top tier rodeo at the reunion grounds.
Grand Prairie: July 3-4
Experience the family fun park, fireworks, a vehicle giveaway, and military discounts at Lone Star Park. Includes live horse racing: Gates open at 3 p.m. and first race starts at 5 p.m. each day.
Grapevine: July 4
Celebrate America’s birthday in true patriotic style at the 35th annual event at Lake Grapevine.
Henderson: July 1
Features bounce houses, a giant water slide, food vendors, music, and fireworks at Lake Forest Park.
Hondo: July 1
An all-day festival providing fun and excitement for the whole family, including live music, a patriotic pet contest, golf tournament, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and a beautiful fireworks display.
Houston: July 4
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for this one-of-a-kind patriotic event at Eleanor Tinsley Park that is done with a style that is all Houston. During the festivities, KBR Liberty Park will showcase military artifacts and vehicles including representation from all five military branches, and on-site recruiting. Also, patrons can make a donation to Honoring Our Troops and send a care packet overseas. The Bud Light Zone will offer a prime view of the eighth annual Bud Light Texas Volleyball Championship Series Finals.
Huntsville: July 4
Features family entertainment and a fireworks show at Kate Barr Ross Park.
Irving: July 4
Celebrate all day and into the night. It all starts in Irving’s downtown Heritage District with a patriotic parade, live music, and children’s activities, all washed down with refreshing watermelon drinks. In the evening, the party moves to Lake Carolyn, where attendees can snap selfies with a giant Uncle Sam, enjoy musical performances, a “fun zone” with land and water rides, games, a food court, and a glittering firework finale.
Jefferson: July 1-4
The historic railway offers a special holiday weekend aboard a steam train, with a celebration of flags along the Big Cypress Bayou as the history of Independence Day unfolds in Narrated Historical Day Tours. For evening trains, enjoy a fireworks show and a cannon firing a dramatic “dragon’s breath.”
Jefferson: July 4
Enjoy a fresh slice of Norman Rockwell as Jefferson offers small-town Americana with hot dogs, lemonade, ice cold watermelon, live music, and more in Otstott Park. The festivities start off with a bicycle/tricycle decorating contest, homemade ice cream contest, and homemade cake and pie auction with all proceeds going toward the purchase of children’s books at the local Jefferson Carnegie Library. The Shreveport Metropolitan Brass Band plays John Phillip Sousa music amid the red, white and blue American flags. Event features children’s games, the famous Quacker State Duck Race and fireworks going off over the Big Cypress Bayou round out this very special and patriot event.
Johnson City: July 4
Celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, food vendors, crafts, music, and family fun at the Blanco County Fairgrounds.
Junction: July 3
Enjoy a concert and fireworks along the banks of the South Llano River in Junction City Park.
Kaufman: July 1
The Keep Kaufman Beautiful Board’s annual parade will feature a variety of entrants, and prizes are awarded for the best floats. The parade route will travel north on Washington Street beginning at FM 1388, and will end at the downtown square.
Kaufman: July 1
At Kaufman Sports Complex, vendors and food trucks will be on hand, but attendees are encouraged to bring grills and coolers as well (alcohol permitted). Shane Smith and the Saints will be performing, followed by an amazing fireworks show. There will be a Kids’ Zone with large inflatables, free games and prizes for kids, face painting, a balloon artist, and jugglers.
Kerrville: July 4
Enjoy food, vendor booths, the Guadalupe River, live music, a free concert featuring Robert Earl Keen, and fireworks at Louise Hays Park.
Kyle: July 4
Join in the holiday celebration with a 20-minute fireworks show at Plum Creek Golf Course. If you can see the water tower, you will have a great view of the fireworks. Parking on paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway are the safest locations.
Lake Jackson: July 4
A four-mile run through the neighborhoods of Lake Jackson along Oyster Creek. It is a USATF-certified course.
Lake Jackson: July 4
Fireworks in Dunbar Park to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
Leakey: June 30-July 2
Enjoy a full weekend of Independence celebration with a small-town parade, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and a cowboy rodeo at Frio Canyon Chamber Arena in historic downtown.
Llano: July 1, 4
Head to Badu Park and enjoy jet ski racing on the Llano River July 1 and fireworks over the Llano River on July 4.
Longview: July 4
Includes amusement rides, food, music, and a fireworks show at the Maude Cobb Convention Center.
Lubbock: July 4
Event includes a day full of kids’ games, music, a car show, fireworks, food trucks/vendors, art, and more at Mackenzie Park.
Madisonville: July 4
A hometown celebration with a gigantic fireworks display, an antique automobile show, a fun-filled kids’ zone complete with splash pad water park, food vendors, and live entertainment at Lake Madison Park.
Magnolia: July 4
Begins with a bicycle parade at 4 p.m. and continues throughout the evening with live music by Lonely Road Band and fireworks at dark in Unity Park.
Marathon: July 1
One of the most popular events in Brewster County has the distinction of being the longest running. Entertainment this year at Post Park will be provided by Craig Carter and his Spur of the Moment Band.
Mesquite: July 1
Enjoy holiday fireworks and high-speed auto racing as part of the Weekly Championship Series at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
McAllen: July 4
This event features a parade and an evening of entertainment and festivities including music, food, games, and more. Families from every corner of the Rio Grande Valley travel to witness the unique firework extravaganza dubbed the Concert in the Sky.
McKinney: July 2
Join the all-volunteer McKinney Community Band in the heart of the square—on the stage of the Courtroom Theatre. No tickets needed.
McKinney: July 4
The city’s Fourth of July event starts with an all-American parade around the historic downtown square. Action moves to East Tennessee from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or so. Then fireworks and a concert are free of charge to the general public at the Craig Ranch Soccer Complex from 7-10 p.m.
Midland: July 4
The day begins with the children’s sidewalk parade. Evening activities include the family fun zone, a beer garden for adults, and a family-friendly variety concert in Hogan Park. The event concludes with one of the largest fireworks displays in West Texas.
Monahans: July 4
Includes a parade, craft and food vendors, swimming, sand dig, live entertainment, the Blistering Sands Bike Tour, and fireworks at Hill Park.
Nederland: July 4
Food vendors, a bike and wagon parade, entertainment, and fireworks at Doornbos Park.
New Braunfels: July 4
A morning parade kicks off the holiday downtown, while the day wraps up with a spectacular fireworks show in Landa Park.
Odessa: July 1
Begins with the Jaycees Independence Day Parade in the morning on Grant Street downtown. Later, the family-friendly street festival features live bands, entertainment, children’s activities, food booths, and more. The highlight of the evening is a professional fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music, which is broadcast live on two radio stations.
Orange: July 4
This event at Riverfront Pavilion will include live entertainment as well as a fireworks show after dark. There will be food and drink vendors on site, as well as new and exciting children’s activities. Coolers and chairs are welcome. This event is free to the public, and please note, no dogs or pets will be allowed.
Ozona: July 1, 4
Small town Fourth of July kicks off with a G.I. Joe Stars & Stripes Fun Run on Saturday in the historic town square. Tuesday’s activities include food booths, games and entertainment; a parade; and fireworks.
Palacios: July 4
Enjoy the kids’ parade, helicopter rides, re-enactment of the LaSalle landing, fireworks show, and more at East Bay Park.
Pearsall: July 4
Featuring country music performer Kyle Park, fireworks at 9 p.m., and a day full of activities and fun at the City of Pearsall’s Convention & Civic Center.
Plano: July 4
Celebrate Independence Day at this annual holiday parade. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at the Plano ISD Administration Building, then travels north on Independence, east on Parkhaven, and ends at Plano Senior High.
The 168,000-gallon salt water pool shaped like the Lone Star State will host its annual holiday pool party on July 4 from 12 to 6 p.m., featuring music, games, water volleyball, and a cannonball contest. Guests are permitted to bring coolers with non-alcoholic beverages and food, shade umbrellas, canopies, and camp chairs.
Plano: July 4
Wrap up your Fourth of July with this spectacular free fireworks display at Oak Point Park Amphitheater. Bring a blanket and a cooler (no alcohol please) or buy food from food trucks starting at 5 p.m. A live DJ starts the music at 7:30; fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. with music simulcast on the radio.
Port Arthur: July 4
Outdoor games, sack races, music, bike/wagon contest, patriotic parade, and more at Gates Memorial Library at Lamar State College. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Richmond: July 4
Try your hand at a variety of historic games and take a scavenger hunt through time as you pick up clues across George Ranch Historical Park and discover intriguing trivia about the American holiday. Enjoy a stirring reading of the Declaration of Independence at the 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion, then fill your stomach with an amazing hot dog feast and fourth annual hot dog-eating contest.
Rockport: July 4
Get in the patriotic mood as you view the patriotic boat parade at noon. Best views are from Broadway adjacent to Little Bay. The Wendell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark.
Roscoe: July 1
Includes a parade, food and craft vendors, mud bog, live music, and street dance downtown with headliner Shooter Jennings and Band. A fireworks show follows the street dance.
Round Rock: July 4
Austin Symphonic Band performs in Old Settlers’ Park.
Round Top: July 4
The community has celebrated the Fourth of July every year since 1851, making it the longest-running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. The civil war-era cannon roars at 10:30 a.m., announcing the parade of handmade floats, antique cars and tractors, fire engines, trail riders, and longhorn cattle. Afterward, everyone heads a few blocks down FM 1457 to the historic Round Top Rifle Hall. Association members have been up all night preparing mouthwatering brisket, pork, and sausage on the Hall’s huge wood-fired pits. German style potatoes, green beans, fixin’s, and homemade desserts round out a delicious buffet lunch. The afternoon continues with music, a raffle, and games for the kids until 4 p.m. when the local band sets up for the afternoon’s dance.
San Angelo: July 4
See hourly artillery salutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Parade Ground at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark to mark the nation’s 241st birthday.
San Antonio: June 30-July 3
Vendors display and sell beautiful handmade merchandise along the San Antonio River Walk. Artisans are different for each show but usually include pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more.
Seguin: July 1-4
The celebration kicks off the holiday weekend in Central Park downtown with Freedom Fiesta on Saturday, which includes live performances, games, plenty of delicious food vendors, local craft vendors, and more. Help your kiddos decorate their bikes, trikes, scooters, and wagons with a patriotic theme for a Kiddie Parade led by Uncle Sam. On Sunday, enjoy a patriotic concert in the park by the San Antonio Symphonic Band. On Monday at 9:30 p.m., a spectacular fireworks display at Seguin Starcke Park will light up the sky. And on Tuesday, July 4, more than 10,000 people will line up along Austin Street for the annual Biggest Small-Town Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m.
Snyder: July 3-4
Features food, music, vendors, parade, and fireworks in Towle Park.
Stonewall: July 4
Experience how German pioneers celebrated Independence Day in 1915 at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site.
Sugar Land: July 1
Pack up your chairs and head to the plaza in Sugar Land Town Square to indulge in snacks and brews from Baker Street, and live country music from Tribute to George Strait to kick off your holiday weekend. Note: This will not include a firework ceremony, only live entertainment.
Sulphur Springs: July 1
Have a real old-fashioned family experience to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Bring lawn chairs and join the crowd downtown on Celebration Plaza for music and family fun beginning with Saturday evening’s concert of traditional marches and patriotic tunes performed by the North East Texas Symphony Orchestra and ending in a blaze of colors as fireworks explode in the sky above the historic Hopkins County Courthouse.
Taylor: July 4
Features a free firework display in Murphy Park.
Temple: July 4
The celebration at Miller Park includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, and games for the kids. The highlight of the evening is the amazing fireworks display.
Texas City: July 4
Enjoy an evening full of fun at Bay Street Park with a live band and spectacular firework show.
Tomball: July 4
Enjoy live music, kids’ activities, and more on Main Street. There will be a special tribute to veterans and a patriot performance, along with fireworks at dusk. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Waco: July 4
Enjoy a celebration of food, music and fireworks in Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium. The fireworks are visible along both sides of the river and from areas around Baylor Campus and downtown starting at 9:15 p.m.
Waxahachie: July 3-4
Crape myrtles are a favorite local flower that just so happens to bloom as Independence Day rolls around each summer. Enjoy a concert and fireworks on Monday evening at Waxahachie Sports Complex, followed by a parade through historic downtown on Tuesday.
Wichita Falls: July 4
The Kell House is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day in its own old-fashioned way. In order to share the fun this summer, the museum is inviting nonprofit organizations and local businesses to come and join in the festivities. The carnival opens as soon as the parade arrives at the Kell House (approximately 9:30 a.m.) and runs until noon.
Wimberley: July 4
The best little parade in Texas features more than 80 entries including bands, horses, and floats begining on FM 2325 to RR 12 and through the Wimberley Square. Small-town America at its best.