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July 4th fireworks in and around Austin 2014

The fourth of July conjures up childhood memories of eating cool slices of watermelon, enjoying a nice barbeque by the pool, and watching fireworks light up against the hot summer sky.

Have a watermelon. Listen to the symphony. See the fireworks!
Photo by Larry Busacca

The below are some places in and around Austin where one can view the fireworks:

Round Rock Old Settler's Park.

Every year, this place packs quite a crowd for the fireworks. Fireworks are beautifully orchestrated with the Austin Symphonic Band. Fireworks begin around 8:350pm when the sun has set enough for the fireworks to be seen brilliantly. Expect traffic congestion, delays, and tough to find parking. What appeals to viewers is the close location compared to going to downtown Austin. An outdoor movie, Despicable Me 2 will be shown following the fireworks.

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Cedar Park Milburn Park @ 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.

Per the website: Live music begins at 5:30 p.m. with Common Thread, followed by Ullrich Ellison and Connection at 7:15 pm. The Posting of Colors and the National Anthem will take place at 8 pm. The band Crossline will perform from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. The professional fireworks display begins promptly at 9:15 p.m. and will be followed by the “After Glow” Dance with live music from Crossline. Come celebrate with us and enjoy a dance with live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, carnival games, hamster balls, super slide, quad jump, Races2u, spinner ride and rock wall. Recommended parking areas: CPHS, CPMS and ACC.

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Georgetown @ San Gabriel Park

Per the website: The fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the McMaster Athletic Fields on N. College Street. Fireworks can be viewed from San Gabriel Park, VFW Park, and other areas in Georgetown. The main entrance to San Gabriel Park is via Chamber Way on N. Austin Avenue.

Entertainment, Food, and Activities
A festival area at San Gabriel Park opens at 11 a.m. with arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a petting zoo, children’s rides, and a car show with antique and classic vehicles. Starting after the parade and until the fireworks begin, entertainers will perform at the gazebo in San Gabriel Park. Performers include Miss Georgetown, Roy Green, Celeste Castillo, Annie and Kate, Brett McMinn and the Hometown Heroes, Xander Ortiz, Lacee Sills, Karaoke by Red Silo Studios, Roland Waits, Georgetown Fire Department Pipes and Drums, Georgetown’s very own Elvis, Heather Dillard, and Taylor Weaver.

Limited parking in San Gabriel Park includes the parking lots at the Show Barn and the Rodeo Arena. Public parking also is available in the lot at the former Albertsons, accessible via Morrow Street on N. Austin Avenue or Interstate 35. Attendees also are encouraged to park at Georgetown High School and carpool to San Gabriel Park. Limited handicapped parking is available in designated areas in San Gabriel Park.

Both the McMaster Fields parking lot and the Parks and Recreation Administration parking lot at N. College Street and W.L. Walden Drive will be closed due to their proximity to the fireworks fall zone.

College Street and McMaster Fields Closure
Due to the fireworks fall zone, N. College Street will be closed on Friday from approximately 9 to 11 p.m. between the traffic circle and Holly Street. Parking, standing, or sitting along N. College Street in that segment will not be permitted during this time.

The McMaster Athletic Fields will be closed all day on Friday, July 4.

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Austin: 38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Moving to Circuit of The Americas For One Year!
July 4, 2014 8:30 PM
WHERE: Circuit of The Americas directions

Per the website: Spend this Independence Day with thousands of your closest friends and your Austin Symphony Orchestra at the beautiful Circuit of The Americas (COTA)! While Auditorium Shores is under renovation, COTA has generously offered to host the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s July 4th concert and fireworks.

Thousands of Central Texans will hurry to claim prime viewing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this July 4th for one of the largest Independence Day Celebrations in the state. The spectacular H-E-B Austin Symphony 38th Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks is planned, produced, and performed entirely by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, with the help of our generous sponsors. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading to COTA’s award-winning Austin360 Amphitheater for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display, symphonic patriotic classics, and even a little auto-themed music for the race fans in attendance.

COTA will host a variety of fun, old-fashioned July 4th holiday activities, including interactive games and contests for the whole family, starting at 4:00 PM. The orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

If you can’t make it out or wish to listen from your device, tune into our media sponsor, Majic 95.5 FM, as they will be simulcasting the concert. Tell your family and friends to mark their calendars now. This is the one outdoor event this year you do not want to miss! So grab a picnic and a blanket, and join us at COTA to celebrate your Independence!

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