Fireworks and barbecues, parades and patriotism. During my childhood, I spent many 4th of July holidays in Comfort, TX (just a quick drive up I-10), taking part in their small-town parade and celebration in the park. The list below includes events in San Antonio and surrounding areas where you can make your own family memories. Have yourself a happy and safe Independence Day!
June 26–July 4
Big Splash 4th of July Week at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park-Camp Resort (Canyon Lake)—Happy Birthday, America! Help celebrate American heritage big time with red, white, and blue crafts and tie dye, the 4th of July Bike Parade with Yogi Bear™, Cindy Bear™, and Boo Boo™! Enjoy karaoke, the best-decorated site contest, and everything else that is Jellystone Park™. On Sunday morning you can enjoy a delicious, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Schedules available for June 25–30 and June 29–July 4. Reservations required.
Saturday, July 1
4th of July Celebration, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at Downtown and Comfort Park (Comfort)—Parade begins at 10:00 A.M., followed by BBQ in the park and then live music, food trucks, and raffles starting at 2:00 P.M. Free.
4th of July Celebration, 12:00 P.M.–12:30 A.M. at Convention & Civic Center (Pearsall)—Featuring country singer, songwriter, and producer Kyle Park.
Independence Day Celebration, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Helotes Municipal Complex (Helotes)—This event includes a free concert by the Helotes Area Community Band, a bouncy slide, food vendors, family-friendly activities, and fireworks at dusk. Arrive early to grab your spot and enjoy free hot dogs, ice cream, and apple pie (while supplies last). Families are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets, food, and drinks. Free.
Freedom Fiesta, 6:30 P.M.–midnight at Central Park (Seguin)—Presented by Sequin Radio KWED. Food, games, and kiddie parade. Musical entertainment by Broken Duckfeet.
July 1 & 2
Freedom Fest, 12:00–7:00 P.M. at Historic Market Square—A fun-filled weekend event good for the entire family. Enjoy delicious food, artisan crafts, live music, dancing for everyone, and much more. Call (210) 207-8600 for more information. Free.
4th of July Festivities at Central Park (Seguin)—Patriotic concert on Sunday at 7:00 P.M. Fireworks Fiesta on Monday at 9:30 P.M. Get the best view of the spectacular firework display at Seguin Starcke Park or surrounding area. It’s sure to be a big hit with an awesome finale. Flag-raising ceremony and parade on Tuesday beginning at 9:00 A.M. Free.
July 4th Fest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas–Present a can of any Coca-Cola® product along with a park admission or Season Pass, and you’ll receive exclusive early access to select rides one hour before the park opens, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. each day. Lights of Liberty is scheduled to begin at 9:15 P.M. on all three days and can be best viewed in Lone Star Lil’s. Event is included with park admission.
Tuesday, July 4
City of San Antonio 4th of July Celebration, 8:00 A.M.–9:30 P.M. at Woodlawn Lake Park—Families are invited to participate in a fun-filled day of games, food, and musical entertainment. Event begins with Zumbathon and races, followed by children’s parade at 11:00 A.M. Fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30 P.M. Free.
Jubilee 2017, 9:00 A.M.–10:00 P.M. at Pickrell Park (Schertz)—Enjoy the Freedom 5K, parade, carnival, live music, fireworks, and much more! Watermelon eating contest for kids ages 5 to 18. Grab tickets for the coolest seat in the house for just $3 (gets you into Pickrell Park Pool to enjoy the fireworks display). Free.
4th of July Celebration, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Morgan’s Wonderland—Free food for guests will be offered from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. while supplies last. Hot dogs and apple pie will be served, sodas, and bottled water will cost a dollar. Military members, first responders, and their immediate families who present valid ID cards at the Welcome Center can obtain a special discounted admission of $9 per person. Individuals with special needs and children ages two and younger are always admitted free of charge.
Fourth of July Parade & Program, 9:15–11:00 A.M. at Main Plaza (New Braunfels)—The Sophienburg presents the perfect small town parade followed by and patriotic program. The parade kicks off at 9:15 A.M. with a flyover by Commemorative Air Force. Bring the family and your lawn chairs and enjoy plenty of flag-waving and patriotic music to celebrate America’s birthday. Free.
Independence Day Celebration, 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M. at the Alamo—Music, living history, readings of the Declaration of Independence, photo opps with reenacts, and more. Free.
4th of July Parade & BBQ, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Great Northwest Community Improvement Association—Line up on Timber Path road to watch the parade 10:00 A.M. from Zachry Middle School and ends at the Silver Creek Lodge. Stick around after the parade for a BBQ pool party. Free hot dogs, chips, and lemonade will be served at the Silver Creek Pool (first come, first serve). Free.
Stinson Commemorative Air Force Independence Day Celebration, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Stinson Municipal Airport—Vintage military aircraft on display and available for flights and tours. Event also includes free family fair, music, children’s activities, and exhibits. Family fair is free. Aircraft tours and flights are $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12; $20 for a family of five.
Tuesday, July 4 (continued)
4th of July Festival & Fireworks Spectacular Celebration, 10:00 A.M. to dusk at Raymond Rimkus Park (Leon Valley)—Food, drinks, music, and carnival all day. Parade starts at 10:00 A.M. Fireworks begin at dusk. Absolutely no outside food, beverages, ice chests, or fire arms allowed. Free.
Red, White and Blues, 12:00–6:00 P.M. at The Historic Pearl—Featuring music by DJ Plata, Jackie Vensen, Nakia & the Blues Grifters, and Will Owen Gage. Celebrate the holiday with a picnic, live music, family activities, water park dance contest, hula-hoop demos, and more. Free.
Fireworks in the Park, 2:00–10:00 P.M. at Friendship Park (Kirby)—Event includes a car show, live music, kids activities, food, fellowship, fun, and fireworks. Free.
Robert Earl Keen’s Fourth on the River, 2:00–10:00 P.M. at Louise Hays Park (Kerrville)—Live musical performances starting at 4:00 P.M. Robert Earl Keen performs at 8:00 P.M. Largest fireworks display in the Hill Country starts at 9:30 P.M. Free.
4th of July Firework Extravaganza & Car Show, 6:00–11:00 P.M. at San Antonio Raceway—Celebrate with fireworks and cars! The car show categories on display will include: street car, door car, race car (dragsters, fuel altered, etc.), drift car, truck. Free.
SummerFest, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at San Marcos Plaza Park (San Marcos)—Celebration will feature live music, a children’s parade, a patriotic costume contest, food vendors, and a grand finale fireworks display. Free.
Movie Night at the Park & Fireworks, 6:00–11:00 P.M. at Somerset City Park (Somerset)—Free food and activities for the family, followed by fireworks. Event includes an outdoor screening of the movie Sing. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Free.
H-E-B 4th of July Spectacular, 6:30–10:00 P.M. at Landa Park (New Braunfels)—Event features live music starting at 6:30 P.M. and fireworks over Landa Lake at 9:30 P.M. Come early, bring a picnic, and enjoy the show. Free.
4th of July Fireworks, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—An amazing view in a beautiful garden setting. Fireworks start at dusk. Bring your own picnic or purchase from The Box Street Social’s delicious menu, including beer and wine. General admission applies ($10–$12). Members receive free admission.
Fourth of July Fireworks, 8:00 P.M. at Boerne City Park (Boerne)—Fireworks will start a little after dark. The fireworks can be viewed in many places around Boerne, but the best place is Boerne City Park. Bring chairs, picnics, and your American spirit! Free.
Fireworks Spectacular at SeaWorld San Antonio–Witness a colorful fireworks display at Ski Lake. This stunning mix of pyrotechnics set to a triumphant musical score will begin at 9:45 P.M. all three days. Prior to the show, guests can enjoy live music and entertainment for all ages. Event is included with park admission.