Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes Fourth of July celebrations. From fireworks displays to parades and barbecues, Texans know how to celebrate America’s independence in style. With patriotic pride and a love for all things Lone Star State, Texan communities come together for an unforgettable day of fun and festivities. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best Fourth of July celebrations in Texas, so you can plan your own star-spangled adventure.

Central Texas 4th Of July Celebrations

Central Texas offers a diverse range of Fourth of July celebrations, from bustling cities to charming small towns. Whether you’re looking to attend a lively parade, watch a stunning fireworks display or indulge in some delicious barbecue, Central Texas has something for everyone. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best Fourth of July celebrations in Central Texas, so you can plan your holiday with ease.

Willie Nelson’s Fourth Of July Picnic – Tuesday July 4, 2023

Willie’s Picnic is a Texas classic. It has moved around over the years, but will be back in Austin this year. When it was in Fort Worth years ago I went, and it was non-stop music from start to finish, with a mind-boggling number of classic and emerging country artists. With Willie celebrating his 90th birthday this year, you better get out and see this one!

Austin Symphony 4th Of July Concert & Fireworks – Tuesday July 4, 2023

You can experience some of the most beautiful music that has ever been written, followed by a massive fireworks show that can be seen all over the city. If you don’t get tickets to the show, check it out from the lakes of Lady Bird Lake.

San Antonio Armed Forces River Parade – Sunday July 2, 2023

Check out this fun boat parade, dedicated to and featuring members of the military floating along the River Walk. Watch from the shore, or your favorite restaurant.

North Texas 4th Of July Celebrations

North Texas is home to some of the biggest and most exciting Fourth of July celebrations in the state. From Dallas’ famous “Fair Park Fourth” to Frisco’s patriotic party, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in North Texas on the Fourth. In this section, we’ll highlight some of the best Fourth of July celebrations in North Texas, so you can join in on all the excitement.

Independence Day Celebration at PGA Frisco – Saturday July 1, 2023

The new PGA headquarters are launching with a bang, combining a grand opening event with a 4th of July event. It should be a good one, with the DFW band Limelight playing. I’ve seen Limelight play several times throughout North Texas, and they’re really fun. It’s an 8 to 12-piece band that covers pop songs, and is fun for everyone.

Addison Kaboom Town – Monday July 3, 2023

Everyone needs to experience Kaboom Town at least once. I have been a couple of times, and it’s quite a sight to see. Set next to the Addison Airport, there is an afternoon airshow, followed by a massive fireworks show that’s hard to beat. Be sure to get there early, and plan to stay late as it gets very crowded.

Possum Kingdom Lake Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show – Saturday July 8, 2023

This is a fantastic experience, especially if you have a boat. Fireworks fill the sky in and over top of Hell’s Gate, a fantastic rock formation on PK.

Gulf Coast 4th Of July Celebrations

The Gulf Coast is known for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, and vibrant culture. And when it comes to Fourth of July celebrations, Gulf Coast communities know how to put on a show. From fireworks over the ocean to beach parties and barbecues, the Gulf Coast offers a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate America’s birthday. In this section, we’ll explore some of the best Fourth of July celebrations along the Gulf Coast, so you can soak up some sun and enjoy the festivities.

San Benito ResacaFest – Monday July 3, 2023

This free Rio Grande Valley classic features conjunto bands, and fireworks over Resaca de los Fresnos.

Houston Freedom Over Texas – Tuesday July 4, 2023

This classic 4th of July event features hours and hours of music, food, family fun and of course fireworks. This year musical guests include Yola, TMF and Chris Young.

Corpus Christi Mayor’s Big Bang Celebration – Tuesday July 4, 2023

What’s better than waterfront fireworks? Watch from the shore or a boat, as this massive fireworks show will be fired off from a barge in the bay, and can be seen for miles around.

East Texas 4th Of July Celebrations

East Texas is home to historic towns, lush forests, and some of the friendliest people in the state. On the Fourth of July, East Texas communities come together to celebrate America’s independence with pride and patriotism. From traditional parades and picnics to rodeos and live music, East Texas offers a variety of ways to celebrate the holiday. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best Fourth of July celebrations in East Texas, so you can experience the charm and hospitality of this unique region.

East Texas Yamboree Fireworks Show – Monday July 3, 2023

The fireworks show in Gilmer will start at 9pm at the Yamboree Event Center.

Nacogdoches Freedom Fest – Tuesday July 4, 2023

Music and fun will be happening downtown Nacogdoches, ending in a great fireworks show.

Lufkin 4th Of July Celebration – Tuesday July 4, 2023

A unique East Texas experience, check out the festival with live music, food, fireworks and animals–yes, that’s right, animals–at the Ellen Trout Zoo.

West Texas 4th Of July Celebrations

West Texas is known for its wide-open spaces, dramatic landscapes, and friendly communities. On the Fourth of July, West Texas towns and cities put their own spin on the holiday with rodeos, cook-offs, and street festivals. Whether you’re looking to watch a fireworks display light up the night sky or chow down on some delicious barbecue, West Texas has something for everyone. In this section, we’ll explore some of the best Fourth of July celebrations in West Texas, so you can experience the rugged beauty and laid-back charm of this unique region.

Socorro Independence Extravaganza – Saturday July 1, 2023

Go outside for some music, food, fireworks and fun on the border in Socorro.

Terlingua 4th Of July Parade – Tuesday July 4, 2023

Watch out while you’re watching this small town parade, you might just get pelted by a water balloon! With the West Texas July heat, you might welcome that anyway. The parade is followed up with live music and hot dogs.

El Paso Independence Day Parade – Tuesday July 4, 2023

Get out for some family fun in the morning with the 25th edition of this 4th of July parade.

Simon Trask
Author: Simon Trask

Simon loves Texas and the Great Outdoors. From East Texas pines to West Texas mountains, he calls North Texas home but is always ready to float a river in Hill Country or go fishing on the Gulf Coast. Simon loves camping and road trips as well, whether it's cruising Highway 287, 82, 69 or 281, that's the true way to see what Texas is all about!

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