Where to celebrate the Fourth of July, watch fireworks in San Antonio and the Hill Country

Plan your 2023 Independence Day celebrations, fireworks viewing

Fourth of July fireworks

SAN ANTONIO – Let freedom ring — Fourth of July fireworks are back this year!

Last year, many public displays were canceled due to the extreme drought conditions. Thankfully, we’ve had a lot more rain this year and drought conditions have vastly improved in the San Antonio area.

The Independence Day holiday falls on a Tuesday this year but celebrations begin the weekend before.

Many of the area parks and suburbs have planned Fourth of July parades, races, food events, live music and of course, fireworks for this year’s holiday.

San Antonio’s event at Woodlawn Lake will also return this year, starting at 11 a.m. and ending with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Here’s a list of places to see fireworks, from San Antonio to the Hill Country. This list will be updated as more places, cities and suburbs announce events.

  • Boerne: On Sunday, July 2, Boerne will celebrate with a patriotic concert in Main Plaza at 7 p.m. The city’s Independence Day fireworks show will be held on July 4 at about 9:15 p.m. at Boerne City Park.
  • Brooks City Base: On Saturday, July 1, Texas State Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Campos will host a fireworks show at The Greenline at Brooks City Base. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin shortly after sunset. There will also be food and face painting, and parking is free.
  • Floresville: The City of Floresville is hosting a 4th of July Festival on Saturday, July 1 at the Floresville Event Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. Food and craft vendors. Music performances by Robert Ray Real Country and Michael Salgado. Fireworks display is scheduled for 9 p.m.
  • Fredericksburg: The “Texas 4th of July Parade” will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4. There will be a free patriotic program immediately following the parade at Marktplatz in the 100 block of West Main Street. A band and patriotic messages will begin at about 11:30 a.m. The city’s fireworks show at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park starts at 9:30 p.m. with viewing areas inside the park and at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. (Bring your lawn chairs.)
  • Helotes: The City of Helotes will hold its Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 3, at the Helotes Festival Grounds, at 12210 Leslie Road. Gates will be open to the public at 4 p.m. and general admission and parking will be free. Fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.
  • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa: Patriotic activities kick off on Monday as the Sons of the American Revolution organization provide historical reenactments while recounting tales from the American’s independence, showcase musket firing demonstrations, perform music using fifes and drums, and provide photo opportunities. On July 4, the resort will host a holiday parade where guests decorate a wagon or bike and be led through the resort parade route by The Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez Fife and Drum Corps. Following the parade, the resort will feature an extravagant firework display that guests can view from the golf course.
  • Kerrville: The “Fourth on the River” celebration with a concert and vendors is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, in Louise Hays Park at 202 Thompson Drive with the “largest fireworks show in the Texas Hill Country” at 9:30 p.m.
  • Leon Valley: The city’s events will start at 7:30 a.m. with the Pioneer Firecracker 5K run/walk at 6828 Poss Road on Tuesday, July 4, and continue with its 29th annual parade at 7 p.m. Then, at Raymond Rimkus Park, located at 6440 Evers Road, food truck vendors will be open from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Spazmatics will perform followed by a fireworks display.
  • San Marcos: The city will have its annual SummerFest fireworks show on Tuesday, July 4. City officials say the parking lots of the San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos Public Library, City Park or Bobcat Stadium provide great views of the fireworks display which is slated to begin at 9:30 p.m.
  • Schertz: The “4th of July Jubilee” starts with a 5K and parade on the morning of Tuesday, July 4. The parade is slated to start at 9:30 a.m., and a kids’ carnival will open at 11 a.m. at Thulemeyer Park. Live music starts at 6 p.m. at Pickrell Park. The fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m. at Pickrell/Thulemeyer Park. For more information and to buy tickets to watch the fireworks from the city pool, click here.
  • SeaWorld San Antonio: The marine and amusement park will have a fireworks shows for Independence Day at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. For tickets, click here.
  • Seguin: On July 1, the city will host a Freedom Fiesta celebration in Central Park from 6-11 p.m. On July 2, The San Antonio Symphonic Band will play a medley of patriotic tunes in Central Park starting at 7 p.m. Bring your own chairs. On Monday, July 3, there will be a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The best views are from Starcke Park and the surrounding area. On July 4, there will be a flag-raising ceremony in Central Park at 9 a.m. followed by a parade on Austin Street.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas: The amusement park’s fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.
  • Somerset: The city will host a movie in the park followed by fireworks with free hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and music. Festivities start at 6 p.m. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” will start at sundown with fireworks to follow at 7360 East 6th Street.
  • Terrell Hills: The annual 4th of July celebration will start at 10 a.m. on July 4th. The parade route runs down Eldon and ends at Geneseo. The block party will be in the Geneseo esplanade.
  • Woodlawn Lake: The San Antonio Parks Foundation and the City of San Antonio will hold its Fourth of July Celebration from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The free event will include food trucks, vendors, live music and carnival games. The night will culminate with a fireworks show.

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