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The Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks Show:
More than 100,000 people gather each year at Auditorium Shores to watch the fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake. Come early, bring a picnic, claim a grassy spot and enjoy the patriotic music of the The Austin Symphony Orchestra. Music will begin at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. Concessions will be available on site. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted in the park. Admission is free.
Event website: www.austinsymphony.org
Round Rock Frontier Days Celebration:
The City of Round Rock hosts a day of fun-filled activities at Old Settler's Park, starting the morning off with a parade through downtown Round Rock and ending the night with a fireworks display and Movies in the Park. Carnival rides, pony rides, children's games, inflatables, arts and crafts vendors, a historical re-enactment of the Sam Bass Shootout, Ballet Folklorico dancers, skydivers and a jalapeno pepper eating contest are all part of the schedule. Music entertainment will be provided by the Austin Symphonic Band. Admission is free.
When: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Old Settler's Park. Parade starts at 10 a.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m., followed by the Movies in the Park, featuring the film The Amazing Spiderman.
Event website: www.roundrocktexas.gov
Round Rock Express' Red, White and Blue Weekend:
The Round Rock Express will have three days of fireworks at the Dell Diamond over the fourth, fifth and sixth of July weekend. The Express will host the Omaha Storm Chasers for those three games, with each one followed by a spectacular fireworks display. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday's game features The Original Thirsty Thursday with $1 Pepsi products and discounted draft beer. Great seats remain for all three games. You can purchase tickets online at RoundRockExpress.com or by calling the ticket office at (512) 255-2255.
Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival:
Spend your Independence Day lounging lakeside on the shores of Lake Pflugerville. The Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival starts at 4 p.m. with live music, games, food and vendors on both the north and south ends of the lake. Swimming and fishing is allowed at the lake and watercraft rentals are available. A pfabulous fireworks display will conclude the evening. Admission is free. Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.
Shuttle service will run between 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Hendrickson High School, 2905 FM 685, and Pflugerville High School, 1301 Pecan Street West.
Event Website: http://tx-pflugerville3.civicplus.com/
Enjoy festivities and fireworks at San Gabriel Park. Kids are encouraged to decorate their wagons or bicycles for the July 4th parade at 11 a.m. Parade participants should gather at 10:45 p.m. at the low-water crossing near the College Street Bridge. A festival area will open at 11 a.m. in the park with arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, rock climbing walls, a petting zoo, train rides, children's rides, and face painting. Entertainers will perform at the gazebo in the park. The fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Event website: georgetown.org
Bastrop Patriotic Festival:
Attend the annual Patriotic Festival begins in Fisherman's Park on July 6. The day's fun will begin with the Annual Pet and Pal Parade at 10:30 a.m., at the corner of Pine & Water Streets. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Music by the Bastrop Community Chorus and Band will start the evening festivities at 6 p.m. in Fisherman's Park. Bring a picnic, stretch out on the grass, relax in a lawn chair along the banks of the Colorado River and await the Austin Symphonic Band and fireworks display set amidst the backdrop of The Historic Old Iron Bridge. Admission is free.
Event website: bastropchamber.com
4th of July Party at Volente Beach Shore Club
Enjoy live music and watch a fireworks show starting at dusk at Volente Beach Waterpark. Admission is $10 after 6 p.m. or free with waterpark admission.
Where: 16107 Farm to Market 2769, Volente
Event website: www.shoreclubtx.com
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and listen to live music, enjoy free watermelon and watch a fireworks display at Milburn Park. Activities start at 4 p.m. and include inflatables, carnival games, face painting, video games, laser tag, a rock wall and a mechanical bull. Admission is free, but fees apply for pool admission, concessions and some of the activities. Milburn Pool is open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.
Event Website: www.cedarparktexas.gov
Possibly the biggest and best celebration on the north shore of Lake Travis, the City of Lago Vista's 4th of July festivities include the Firecracker 5k Run, the We've Got Talent show and the Little Mr./Mrs. Lago Vista Contest. The annual parade, including floats and a roller skate performance, starts
at 10 a.m. on Dawn Drive. Activities continue at 11:30 a.m. at Bar-K Park, including live music, vendors, family games, an auction and a fireworks display. Admission is free. Fireworks begin after dusk.
Event website: www.lagovistajuly4.org
Enjoy live music and good food at the 4th of July celebration at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls. The event starts at 4 p.m. and fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Lakeside Park; 307 Buena Vista, Marble Falls
Event website: www.marblefallscommunityfireworks.com
While the City of Lakeway prohibited fireworks (and any fireworks displays) this year citing drought conditions, the city is still hosting a 4th of July parade and block party. The parade will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Live Oak Golf Course and end at the Lakeway Church. The block party and concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Swim Center Park.
Where: Swim Center Park is located at 3103 Lakeway Blvd.
Event website: www.cityoflakeway.com
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures will continue across much of Central Texas all day Saturday. A second disturbance associated with the winter storm that slammed Texas Thursday and Friday could lead to more freezing precipitation Saturday and …