- July 3, 2014

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (July 4-6, 2014)

  1. Alamo Kids Camp – Friday, July 4, Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6. Verify showtimes before heading out. See Kung Fu Panda at Alamo Lakeline (14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin), Frankenweenie at Alamo Slaughter Lane (5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin), or Rio at Alamo Village (2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin). All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. 
  2. Free Admission to the LBJ Library – Friday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The LBJ Library will be FREE to all guests visiting on The Fourth of July. Visit the interactive exhibits and watch compelling films about LBJ and Lady Bird. Don’t forget to tour “Sixty From The ’60s,” a retrospective of the 60 most influential individuals of that seminal decade featuring music, clothing, artwork, books and posters, iconic items, and more. The LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.
  3. 4th of July at Millie & Mox – Friday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring the whole family for hotdogs and ice cold lemonade. The heroes of Lake Travis Fire Rescue will be outside with their truck from 11 a.m. – noon. Plus, a performance by Mr. Johnny. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
  4. 38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks – Friday, July 4 from 4 – 10 p.m. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading to Circuit of the America’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 activities, including interactive games and contests for the whole family, starting at 4 p.m. The orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. FREE! Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin.
  5. Fireworks at the Quarries – Friday, July 4 at 7 p.m. Celebrate our independence with a beautiful fireworks show. Fireworks start at sundown, but the Focus College Ministry will be hosting frisbee, kayaking, washers and a cookout beginning at 7 p.m. FREE! The Quarries Church, 11400 N Mopac Expy, Austin.
  6. High School Musical (Georgetown) – Saturday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m. Can it be real? The Palace teens perform High School Musical this weekend at The Georgetown Palace Theatre!  FREE admission! Bring your friends! Georgetown Palace Theater, 810 S Austin Ave, Georgetown.
  7. The Tesla Project – Saturday, July 5, from 2 – 10 p.m. Join in the fun in an all-day extravaganza dedicated to celebrating the genius of Nikola Tesla, a visionary scientist and engineer whose electrical inventions transformed the world. His most famous inventions include: AC power, the induction motor, fluorescent lighting, and radio. The Tesla Project is for all ages and open to the public; the proceeds benefit GirlStart! Enjoy live music, spin art, live screen printing, and robots! See the schedule hereFREE! Canopy, 916 Springdale, Austin.
  8. The LEGO Movie – Saturday, July 5 at 2 p.m. Enjoy a FREE movie in the A/C! Popcorn and lemonade provided. Austin Public Library, Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
  9. Bullock Museum Free First Sunday – Sunday, July 6. Exhibit admission will be free from 12 – 6 p.m. From 12 – 3 p.m., stop by to learn all about energy. Find out why energy matters and participate in hands-on science experiments. Discover the wonders of magnetism, potential and kinetic energy, and experience the thrills of Newton’s laws with Mad Science hands-on science stations. Find out how to help the environment with Take Care of Texas, a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Explore the power of the sun and create a sun print art and experiment with solar power. Join Story Time at 2 p.m., with stories and a special art project for preschoolers. Then, at 3 p.m., stay for a FREE screening of the Disney movie Homeward BoundFREE! Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.
  10. The Magic of Gusto the Great – Sunday, June 6 at 2 p.m. Find out how magic can be found in books if you know where to look. For ages 5 and up. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Note that in some locations, FREE tickets (available in the branch on the day of the program) will be required for admittance, in order to ensure safety. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin

More Independence Day fun in the ‘burbs:

  1. Lakeway’s 4th of July Celebration (Lakeway) – Friday, July 4 at 8:30 a.m. The city’s July 4th Celebration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a parade that starts at Live Oak Driving Range on Lakeway Drive and ends at Cross Creek Drive adjacent to Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The Lakeway Swim Center will then be open from noon to 9 p.m. ($3 per person, all day). The evening’s entertainment begins with an old-fashioned block party at 7 p.m. at Lakeway Swim Center Park. The Loose Wheels will knock your socks off with their brand of classic rock, jazz, blues, country, funk and vocal a cappella under the marquee tents. Activities for children include a rock-climbing wall, laser tag, bungee jump and a mechanical bull. FREE parking for the block party will be available at Serene Hills Elementary School, 3301 Serene Hills Drive, and adjacent streets.The city will not have a fireworks display this year because of extended drought conditions.
  2. Red, White n’ Buda Independence Celebration (Buda) – Friday, July 4 at 9 a.m. Children line up in the parking lot across from Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant beginning at 9 a.m. with their decorated bikes, wagons, scooters. Parade begins at 9:30 down Main Street to Buda City Park. Free children’s activities (bounce house, water slide and magician) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the park. Concessions will be available for purchase. The Buda Fireworks show will be shot off from City Park area beginning at 9:30 p.m. FREE! City Park, 204 San Antonio Street, Buda.
  3. 4th of July Parade (Cedar Park) – Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m. Parade begins at Cedar Park Center traveling down Discovery Blvd. to the Cedar Park Recreation Center. FREE! Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.
  4. People’s Patriotic Parade (Elgin) – Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m. “Push, Pedal, Pull and Pets” is the theme of this year’s parade and celebration. Everyone is invited to walk down historic Main Street from City Hall to the Veterans’ Memorial Park for a celebration of our nation’s freedom. Parade line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. Parade starts at 10 a.m. 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. FREE! Parade begins at City Hall, 310 N Main St, Elgin.
  5. July 4th Celebration in the Park (Georgetown) – Friday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entertainment will be provided for the entire family throughout the day. Enjoy more than 80 arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and musical entertainment. A “Hometown Parade” will begin at noon in the park. Children will have opportunities for games, activities, a petting zoo, train rides and face painting in the Children’s Area. The “Fabulous Fireworks Finale” will begin at dark. FREE! San Gabriel Park, 445 E Morrow St, Georgetown.
  6. July 4th Frontier Days Celebration (Round Rock) – Friday, July 4 from noon to 11 p.m. A parade (in downtown Round Rock at 10 a.m., before the Frontier Days Celebration begins), carnival rides, jalapeño pepper eating contest, children’s games, vendor booths, rubber duck races, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park, skydivers, and fireworks! Festivities will begin with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion and include music from the Austin Symphonic Band. Your family will also enjoy the new Swifty Swine Pig Races this year. View full schedule of events here. FREE! Old Settlers Park,‎ 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock. 
  7. Pfirecracker Pfestival (Pflugerville) – Friday, July 4 from 3-11 p.m. This celebration features two stages, vendors on both the north and south sides of the lake, children’s areas on both sides, and the best fireworks show in Central Texas after sundown. Enjoy a patriotic concert by Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, dance to music–from blues to country and pop to patriotic–on both sides of the lake after the fireworks. There will be no onsite parking this year; take the shuttle buses from either Hendrickson High School or Pflugerville High School. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. View the full schedule of events here. FREE! Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Ln, Pflugerville.
  8. 4th of July Celebration (Cedar Park) – Friday, July 4 from 4-10:30 p.m. This celebration features live music, inflatables, prizes, a washer tournament, face painting, bingo, FREE watermelon, carnival games and rides, a rock wall and fireworks. Fireworks will be at 9:15 p.m. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.
  9. Liberty Fest (Leander) – Friday, July 4 from 5-10 p.m. This fantastic family-friendly event will feature live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and fireworks. This year’s Headliner is Roger Creager. View the full schedule of events here. FREE! Future Site of ACC Leander, US 183A South between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way, Leander.
  10. Music on the Square Summer Concerts (Georgetown) – Friday, July 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square each Friday night. Pick up dinner at a downtown restaurant or bring your own picnic (no glass please). This week, enjoy great rock favorites from the past by Jo Ellen & A Box of Chocolates. FREE! Courthouse Square, Georgetown.
  11. SummerFest (San Marcos) – Friday, July 4, from 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a Children’s Patriotic Parade and Costume Contest, live music, and fireworks! See the schedule hereFREE! San Marcos Plaza Park is located on the banks of the San Marcos River at E. Hopkins Street and N. CM Allen Parkway. FREE parking for Summerfest will be available at the Public Library and Activity Center parking lots, City Park and Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum parking lot. 
  12. Taylor 4th of July (Taylor) – Friday, July 4, from 7 – 9 p.m. The 3rd Annual Rubber Duck Race takes place right before the fireworks. Each entry has a chance to win prizes. $5 per duck. Murphy Park, 1600 Veterans Dr., Taylor.
  13. Bastrop Patriotic Festival (Bastrop) – Saturday, July 5, from 6-9:30 p.m. Music by the Bastrop Community Chorus and Band will begin the evening festivities at 6pm with people dining, children playing, and families stretched out on the grass or relaxed in lawn chairs as they await the Austin Symphonic Band and fireworks. FREE! Fisherman’s Park (1200 Willow St, Bastrop).
  14. Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration (Lago Vista) – Saturday, July 5, 9:30 p.m. We’ve Got Talent Contest, family fun games, tennis, Little Mr/Ms Lago Vista Contest, and the fireworks show at “dark 30″. FREE! Bar-K Recreational Park, Lago Vista.

For more 4th of July fun, including local neighborhood parades, check out our roundup of events here.

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