Top 5 Places to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Austin
The 4th of July is around the corner and we have a list of some of the top places to watch fireworks in Austin, Texas. We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend!
HEB Austin Symphony July 4th Fireworks: One of Austin’s most popular traditions for the 4th of July is Austin Symphony Orchestra’s annual performance at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Live music, great vibes, and an accompaniment of fireworks overlooking the downtown Austin skyline serves for the perfect July 4th celebration. It is free and open to the public and only a 5-minute walk away from Lady Bird Lake, a great place to walk to enjoy the lake views. The festivities begin at 8 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks. The event is free and open to the public.
Lady Bird Lake: Watch firework displays on a boat, kayak, or lakefront restaurant on Lady Bird Lake. Rent a boat with rentals like Capital Cruises, one of our favorites, that offer private charter boats for a more reserved party, or a public cruise (on a first come first serve basis) to watch the fireworks show from the lake. Typically, kayak and paddle board rentals close at sunset, however, many will be open later on the 4th so the firework views can be enjoyed.
Mount Bonnell: Being Austin’s peak natural overlook, there is no better seat in the city than the top of Mount Bonnell for panoramic views of the fireworks across Austin. Bring a lawn chair, a few blankets, and some good company to celebrate the 4th of July in the Austin outdoors. Mount Bonnell is definitely a hotspot for watching fireworks, so plan to get there early to set up camp and get a prime parking spot.
Zilker Park: With 350 acres of sprawling fields and landscape, Zilker is a great spot to enjoy the 4th of July during the day and into the night. Hundreds of people gather to celebrate the holiday in the huge park. Don’t forget to bring your picnic basket! This park is free to all and has plenty of space to celebrate.
Fairmont Rooftop Bar – Rules and Regs: Located on the 7th floor of the Fairmont Hotel, Rules and Regs bar offers one of the best views of downtown Austin at night. It is conveniently close to Rainey St., home to part of Austin’s best nightlife. Make sure to call ahead to beat the crowd, but walk-ins are also available.