AUSTIN (KXAN) — Large crowds of people flocked to Vic Mathias Shores on July 4 for Austin’s Independence Day fireworks show.
The threat of rain did not keep people indoors, with many using umbrellas to hide from the weather ahead of the display late Sunday evening.
A weather delay seemed possible, but the Austin Symphony Orchestra went ahead at 8 p.m. as scheduled after storms moved away from downtown Austin. The orchestra previously said the area had been evacuated due to weather concerns.
The City of Austin expected almost 150,000 to attend the event in person by Lady Bird Lake.
In a special July 4 statement, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he was pleased to see the return of large-scale events for the holiday after the COVID-19 pandemic forced most events to be canceled last year.
“This is only possible because our community followed the science and so many have taken the shot,” he said.
Austin residents should stick to the organized fireworks show downtown instead of setting off their own fireworks – which is illegal within city limits.
On Saturday night, two homes were badly damaged and cars were destroyed in a fire caused by fireworks in southeast Austin, the Austin Fire Department said.