Austin Symphony's Fourth of July! —
September 24, 2018

Austin Symphony’s Fourth of July!

Symphony Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at H-E-B Austin Symphony Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks

Spend this Independence Day with 100,000 of your closest friends at Austin’s signature Fourth of July event. Central Texans will hurry to claim their grassy spot with the Austin Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, July 4 for the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) for an event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.

The H-E-B Austin Symphony 41st Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks is planned, produced, and performed entirely by the Austin Symphony, with the help of its generous sponsors. The Symphony will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. For those that can’t attend but wish to hear the concert while the fireworks are going off, tune in to Majic 95.5 FM. The event is free and open to the public.

When attending the July 4th Concert and Fireworks show, please keep a few things in mind to help make it a fun, safe event:

Plan a Safe Park Visit

Austin/Travis County EMS recommends you stay hydrated, apply sunscreen and bug spray, as well as wear a hat to help with protection from the environment. Wear appropriate outdoor footwear and clothing and bring a flashlight if you are biking or traveling on the hike and bike trail. Picnic blanket, personal umbrellas and folding chairs with attached canopies are allowed.

Park Rules/Laws and Prohibited Items

No glass or Styrofoam (food and beverage vendors will be on site). No alcohol allowed on site. Swimming in Lady Bird Lake is prohibited. Smoking and vaping is prohibited in City of Austin parks and it is a Class C Misdemeanor. Drones are prohibited at the event per FAA regulations. Pets are not allowed (cannons and fireworks create severe stress for animals). Vending at the park site without a permit is a Class C Misdemeanor. Grilling is prohibited at the event site. No personal fireworks on site, including sparklers.

Pet owners

More pets are lost during 4th of July festivities than any other time of year. If you lose your pet, check with the Austin Animal Center.  Pets should be left at home.

Parkland and Road Closures

The event will significantly affect area traffic conditions and public recreational use of the park during event hours. Downtown road closures and/or lane reductions associated with this event start at 10 a.m. Lady Bird Lake will be closed to all watercraft between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m., from 1st Street to the railroad trestle bridge. Motorized vehicles will be prohibited on hike and bike trails. The lower portion of the Hike & Bike Trail on the north side of Lady Bird Lake will be closed at 10 a.m.

Transportation and Parking

For the best experience, park north of Lady Bird Lake in the downtown area to avoid the extensive congestion in and around Lamar, Barton Springs Rd. and Riverside. Neighborhood no-parking restrictions will be in effect. Parking is prohibited on and along Cesar Chavez, as well as on all parkland. Several parking garages will offer all-day parking for a fee. ADA Parking will be by permit at the Palmer Event Center Garage on a first come, first served basis. Entrance is from the south via Barton Springs Rd.  Cap Metro buses are also ADA compliant and will be providing service to the site.

For more information, please visit austinsymphony.org.

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Merideth is a music writer who has covered bands from her hometown in Colorado to London to Bangkok to Shanghai and finally back to Austin. Led Zeppelin changed her life. So did Dolly Parton. You can read her music reviews at smackmadness.com.

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