AUSTIN (KXAN) - Thousands of people will pack Auditorium Shores Thursday for the city's largest Fourth of July celebration. Several streets around the area began closing at 10 a.m.
The event will feature the Austin Symphony and a firework show. It is free and open to the public. The orchestra will begin performing at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., ending at 10:00 p.m.
Glass, Styrofoam, alcohol and smoking are prohibited at this event. Grilling is not allowed on site due to the number of persons assembled.
Pets are strongly discouraged because of the cannons and fireworks. According to Austin Parks and Recreation, "if you unwisely choose to bring a pet, they must be on leash."
The City of Austin encourages utilizing public transportation or carpooling if you attend the show. If you drive, the city recommends parking north of the lake . If parking south of Lady Bird Lake, you can expect delays of 45 minutes or more in area parking lots and garages.
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