Firework displays and rules in Austin, TX

Fireworks in front of the Austin skyline
If you get them to spell out ATXtoday, your next coffee’s on us. | Photo by Josh Byerly, @joshmbyerly

Unless you love bonding over a cul-de-sac cleanup, it’s nice to let someone else handle the Independence Day spectacle. Plus, local orgs are pros at showing off some incredible displays.

Consider us your one-stop firework shop. Keep reading to learn how to celebrate Independence Day in Central Texas this year, from a symphony by the lake to a party with Willie.

🎆Fireworks displays

Downtown Austin | The annual Austin Symphony performance + fireworks show returns this year at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores). Even though this is a free event, VIP reservations for lawn tickets + terrace tables are also available.

Q2 Stadium | Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks is back in person after celebrating virtually in 2021. In addition to the Red-Headed Stranger himself, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tyler Childers, and Brothers Osborne will perform — tickets start at $42.

The suburbs | Several of the cities surrounding Austin are hosting their own Fourth of July celebrations. Take a look at our interactive map to find a fireworks display near you:

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🎇Where to watch

Rooftops | Check out the fireworks in style from one of the many rooftop bars in downtown Austin — here’s our guide to the city’s best sky-high spots. 

On the water | What’s more Austin than watching fireworks by the lake? Watching fireworks from the lake. Rent a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe to secure the best seats in town.

Pennybacker Bridge Overlook | Although it’s not an official firework-watching spot, this scenic overlook offers a stellar view of Austin’s skyline.

🧨Firework safety

Did you know that larger fireworks explode at a diameter of 800+ feet (about as tall as Mount Bonnell)? Pretty incredible — until they go off on your lawn. 

Due to ongoing drought and burn bans, some types of fireworks are banned in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell + Bastrop counties this weekend. Local officials urge residents to be extra cautious this holiday, so if you decide to DIY, follow these guidelines + stay safe.