Firework displays and rules in San Antonio, TX

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

Consider us your one-stop firework shop. Read on for public firework displays, your favorite vantages to watch the lights, and tips to DIY. Bonus: If your pup is sensitive to sound, we’ve got some spots for you, too.

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Public firework displays

  • Kerrville | 9:30 p.m. | Join in on Robert Earl Keen’s 4th on the River holiday celebration. Visitors can view the fireworks at Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Dr.
  • Leon Valley | 9:45 p.m. | Celebrate Independence Day with a Pioneer Firecracker 5K, parade, and live music. Close out the day at Raymond Rimkus Park for the fireworks display.
  • Schertz | 9:15 p.m. | Bring your lawn chairs to Pickrell Park to enjoy a parade, live music, and a kids carnival.
  • Woodlawn Lake | 9 p.m. | Enjoy a jam-packed day at the city of San Antonio’s official Fourth of July event. Don’t miss a performance by the Air Force Band of the West from 7:30-9 p.m.

Even more star-spangled fun

  • SeaWorld San Antonio | 9:45 p.m. | Watch a spectacular pyrotechnic display along the Bayside. While you’re there, check out Tidal Surge, the park’s newest thrilling attraction. 
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas | 9 p.m. | Head over to watch a dazzling fireworks show choreographed to star-spangled music after checking the park’s newest addition, Dare Devil Dive Flying Machines.

Where to watch

You may be asking, what’s better than seeing one display? Seeing all of them. Follow the map for our favorite vantage points to get a bald eagle’s eye view of the festivities.

Firework safety

Did you know that larger fireworks explode at a diameter of 800+ feet (about 50 ft shy of the Tower of the Americans’s height)? Pretty incredible — until they go off on your lawn. Luckily, there’s rules in place so you can contribute to the spectacle safely.

Due to ongoing drought conditions, most fireworks have been banded in Bexar + surrounding counties (except for sparklers, poppers, and smoke bombs). If you decide to DIY, follow these guidelines.

Celebrate some peace + quiet

Before you spend the night trying to lure your four-legged friend out from under the bed, you may want to get as far from the commotion as possible.

Your best option is a nearby state park, like Enchanted Rock or Canyon Lake. Pack some food and water and go stargazing, or even camping.