Things to Do in Austin this Fourth of July Weekend

1 / Watch a Movie on the Water

We’ll all float on okay at Austin Motel, where a screening of Wet Hot American Summer is kicking off the first of July. During their Float Films series, visitors can bring or borrow inflatable seats, enjoy some pool time, and catch some classic summer movies. If you get hungry, the motel’s expansive menu has you covered. Get tickets here. July 1, 5-10 p.m., 1220 S. Congress Ave.

2 / Attend the Bastrop Patriotic Festival

Feel like starting Saturday off with a 5K? The RUN, White, and Blue race is just the beginning of the day’s festivities. At this festival, visitors can peruse a petting zoo, dunk some local celebrities, and take on pie eating contests. Weave between stilt walkers and volleyball games, then grab a bite from the food court for an evening musical showcase and firework display. View the full schedule here. July 2, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., 1200 Willow St., Bastrop

3 / Spend Independence Day in Dreamland

From morning till night, Dreamland entertainment center promises a sprawling lawn of food trucks, family fun, and fireworks. Enjoy splash pads, jumbo jenga, and art walks, then tune in to an evening concert by Bob Schneider and Pat Byrne. Local favorites Tiff’s Treats and Kate’s Soft Serve are on-site for all your sweet tooth needs, and the day ends in a spectacular firework show on the lawn. Find out more here. July 2, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., 2770 US-290, Dripping Springs

4 / Rise Up for Abortion Rights

In light of the decision on Roe vs. Wade, many Texans have mixed feelings this Fourth of July. Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights is holding a “No Independence Day” protest at Buford Tower, and attendees are welcome to bring signs and get loud. Get the full scoop on the organization’s Instagram page. July 2, 11 a.m., 201 W. Cesar Chavez St.

5 / Party with Pool Time and Barbecue

Carpenter Hotel invites all revelers for a day of grilling and sunshine. Sip a specialty cocktail by the water, do some two-stepping to live music, and load your plate with plenty of hot dogs and wings during this Independence Day bash. Grab tickets here. July 3, 1-6 p.m., 400 Josephine St.

6 / Enjoy a Picnic with Willie Nelson

For 50 years, the Austin legend has welcomed music lovers to an annual concert and firework show. This Independence Day, 10 featured performers, including Tyler Childers, Brothers Osbourne, and Midland, will join him on the stage. Food and drinks will also be available. “Come on down,” says Nelson. “We missed you.” Grab tickets here. July 4, 11 a.m., 10414 McKalla Place

7 / Get Patriotic with the Austin Symphony

Replete with national anthems and brass marches, this annual Independence Day concert is free and open to the public. Set up on the Long Center lawn and let music and fireworks brighten your night. July 4, 8 p.m., 900 W. Riverside Drive

8 / Watch Fireworks

Not sure where to go to see dazzling fireworks this year? We did your homework for you and found 12 spots promising a show. Check out our comprehensive guide here.

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