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This 4th of July, 2016, take your family to one (or more!) of the many fantastic Independence Day celebrations in and around San Antonio. Check back soon as we’ll add more as we find them. Happy 4th of July!
We’ve made every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date, however, some venues/events/activities make changes without notifying us. We recommend contacting them before visiting to be 100% sure that their free offerings are still available.
~~~~~FREE 4th of July celebrations~~~~~
Freedom Fest, Market Square in downtown San Antonio
Saturday, July 2 (noon – 8:00 p.m.), Sunday, July 3 (noon – 8:00 p.m.) and Monday, July 4 (noon – 8:00 p.m.) 514 W. Commerce, 78207
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Market Square with live music, art and crafts for kids, food booths, and more! There is no cover charge at Historic Market Square.
Fourth of July Weekend Celebration at Pearl Stable
Saturday, July 2, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Pkwy, 78215
The Pearl celebrates Independence Day with a free, special celebration dance on Saturday, July 2. The Texas Swingbillies perform and food and drinks will be available for purchase (there will be beer samplings too!).
Comfort’s annual 4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 2, 10:00 a.m., Comfort Park, Comfort, Texas 78013
Spending 4th of July in Comfort is a true Texas tradition. This year’s festivities include a parade at 10:00 a.m., live BBQ and fun in the park from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and, there will be a flyover demonstration prior to the parade, at 9:45 a.m.
Helotes Independence Day Celebration
12951 Bandera Rd., 78023
The City of Helotes will host its annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 2 starting at 6:30 p.m.! The event includes a free concert from the Helotes Community Band, a bouncy slide for the kids, food vendors, family-friendly activities, and more! There will be free hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream, and apple pie (while supplies last). Feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets and your own food and drinks. Fireworks will begin at dusk!
Independence Day Celebration at the Blue Lotus Winery
Saturday, July 2, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 5151 FM 20, Seguin, 78155
Enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs (while supplies last) and sign up for the Blue Lotus Wine Club to receive free tastings. Live music from ‘The Mismatch’ from 1 – 3 p.m. Snack plates for purchase.
Traders Village Fourth of July Celebration, Brown Expo
Sunday, July 3, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 9333 Southwest Loop 410 at Old Pearsall Road, 78242
Free admission and activities for kids on this 4th of July at Traders Village. Activities include face painting, a magician, balloon artist, mechanical bull riding for kids, chalk area for drawing, and free American Flags for the first 3,000 guests. Specials on food will also be available. Enjoy hot dogs, chips and 12 oz sodas for only one dollar each, while supplies last. All activities are free, no admission and just $4 for parking.
The Schertz Jubilee
Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, Pickrell Park
This annual 4th of July celebration is the Schertz Jubilee! Over two days, bring your family out for live music, a parade, a 5K Run, a carnival, BBQ Cook-Off, food and fun. Schertz is especially proud produce their annual Star Spangled Spectacular – fireworks that go off in rain, shine, drought or flood. It’s a party your whole family will love. Free gate admission and parking.
Seguin’s Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, July 3 – Monday, July 4
On Sunday, July 3rd, the San Antonio Symphonic Band plays a medley of patriotic tunes in Central Park. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and beverages of choice. After the Patriotic Concert, the night sky will light up with a dazzling fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. The best views are from Starcke Park and the surrounding area. Seguin kicks off the 4th of July festivities with a Flag Raising Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. at Central Park. Music and speakers will be featured. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Want to march in the parade? Get your application here. Known for its annual 4th of July parades, past crowd estimates have exceeded 10,000. There will be more than a hundred parade entries including floats from local businesses, elected officials, churches, schools, military representatives, and more.
City of San Antonio 4th of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake
Monday, July 4, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The City of San Antonio’s official 4th of July celebration takes place at Woodlawn Lake Park. Fun and festivities include: a Zumbathon, 1K & 5K, live music, food, parade, carnival and of course the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza which begins at 9:30 p.m.
A Family Fourth at First Baptist Church in downtown San Antonio
Monday, July 4, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., 515 McCullough Avenue, 78215
Bring the whole family to this new holiday tradition. Enjoy music, an art show, crafts for the kids, games for all ages (including a watermelon eating contest and name that hymn!). Food will be available for purchase from local food truck vendors.
Leon Valley’s 4th of July Festival and Fireworks Spectacular Celebration
Monday, July 4th, 10:00 a.m. – dusk, Raymond Rimkus Park, 6440 Evers Rd.
This free admission community party for the 4th of July features a 5k (8am at 6828 Poss Road), parade (10am at 7420 Huebner Road), opening ceremonies (11am at Raymond Rimkus Park), live music and entertainment, food, drinks, carnival, pony rides and fireworks at dusk. No outside food and beverages allowed.
Boerne, Texas Fourth of July Fireworks
Monday, July 4, 8:00 p.m., Boerne City Park
Boerne’s annual fireworks show starts just after dark. You can view them from all over Boerne, but the best spot is in Boerne City Park. Bring chairs, food and drinks, and your family for this beautiful show.
New Braunfels, Texas 4th of July Parade and Program
Monday, July 4, 9:15 a.m., Main Plaza, Downtown New Braunfels, Texas
This daytime celebration of Independence Day includes a parade (open to everyone with a patriotic theme) and program featuring the presentation of the Colors, a welcome, an invocation, special music, remarks by New Braunfels city officials, a benediction, retiring of the Colors, and playing of the bells. To register to participate in the parade, stop by the Sophienburg Museum for an application or get it online at sophienburg.com.
Kirby, Texas, Fireworks in the Park
Monday, July 4, 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., 5745 Binz-Engleman Road
Join Kirby’s annual Independence Day for a car show, live music, kids activities, food, fellowship, fun & fireworks!
Landa Park Fourth of July Spectacular
110 Golf Course Road, New Braunfels, 78130
Join us on Monday, July 4 for the largest Independence Day celebration in New Braunfels with live music at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks over Landa Lake at 9:15 p.m. Come early, bring a picnic and enjoy the show! Free for all ages.
4th of July Fireworks at Retama Park
Monday, July 4, 7:00 p.m., 1 Retama Parkway, 78154
Admission is free, food and beverage available for purchase. Gates open and live music from Jeffrey Charles begins at 7 pm, fireworks begin at 9:45 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or sit in our stands, and enjoy the show!
Stinson Commemorative Air Force July 4th Celebration
Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 8535 Mission Road, 78214
The historic Stinson Municipal Airport celebrates Independence Day weekend with the Commemorative Air Force Event. It includes a free Family Fun Fair with children’s activities and exhibits.
Somerset 4th of July Celebration
Monday, July 4, 5:00 p.m., Somerset City Park
Come enjoy a movie night out followed by fireworks. This is a free event with free food and activities for the family. More information will be provided as the date approaches.
City of Kyle Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Show
Monday, July 4, 6:00 p.m.
Two free pre-fireworks events take place in Kyle this year:
1. A pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and a great look at the fireworks which start around 9:30 p.m. Food will be for sale. No outside food and drink is permitted.
2. Hays CISD PAC (Performing Arts Center) Star Spangled Event. This free program begins with live music performed by The Blue Water Highway Band (7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.), followed by The Starlight Symphony Orchestra and Community Choir (8:30 – 9:30 p.m.). No alcohol permitted on school grounds.
The fireworks show begins around 9:30 p.m. and will last about 20 minutes.
SummerFest at San Marcos Plaza Park
Monday, July 4, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Located on the banks of the San Marcos River in Plaza Park, SummerFest includes food and activity booths, live music, children’s parade and costume contest, and fireworks (at 9:30 p.m.). Free parking will be available at the Public Library and Actvitiy Center parking lots, City Park and Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum parking lot.
Kerrville’s 4th on the River with Robert Earl Keen
Monday, July 4, Louise Hays Park, 2:00 p.m.
Free admission to this musical celebration of the 4th of July brings Robert Earl Keen along with four other bands to the stage. No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages allowed. Live music begins at 4:00 p.m. Robert Earl Keen hits the stage at 8:00 p.m. and the largest fireworks display in the Hill Country start at 9:30.
~~~~~Not Free (but still lots of fun!) 4th of July celebrations~~~~~
SeaWorld’s 4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4
On July 2 through July 4, SeaWorld guests will witness a jaw-dropping fireworks show over Ski Lake at 9:45 p.m. Pyrotechnics illuminate SeaWorld’s skyline with its spectacular display of colorful flames and twinkling sparks. Prior to the show, guests can enjoy live music and entertainment for all ages. The 4th of July Celebration is included with your park admission. For an additional fee, you can reserve your premier spot in Ski Stadium for the fireworks show with the 4th of July VIP Fireworks Package. The reservation includes a souvenir sports bottle with first drink fill complementary, and a glow sword. Prices start at $24.99!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas July 4th Fest
Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4
Six Flags Fiesta Texas boasts the area’s largest fireworks display during all three nights of 4th of July weekend. “Lights of Liberty” fireworks is included with park admission and is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. on all three days. The fireworks can be best viewed in Lone Star Lil’s. Seating is limited. However; the show can still be viewed from the Texas State Square, Rockville’s main street, or the open area in front of Superman Krypton Virtual Reality Coaster.
Morgan’s Wonderland – Salute to America’s Heroes
Monday, July 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 5223 David Edwards, 78233
Opening ceremonies for the Salute to America’s Heroes will begin at 10 a.m., and the day’s activities will include special entertainment such as a petting zoo, face painting and butterfly costumed-character Joy’s 4th of July Dance Parade through the park. Complimentary hot dogs, apple pie and $1 drinks will be available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., while supplies last.
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