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.
If you get them to spell out SATXtoday, your next coffee’s on us. | Photo via Pexels
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. Bonus: read to the end of the newsletter for a special freebie treat.
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.
Head to the Westside for the largest Fourth of July event in SATX. | 📸 : @gotravelyourworld
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.
Did you know that larger fireworks explode at a diameter of 800+ feet (about 50 feet shy
of the Tower of the Americas’ height)? Pretty incredible — until they go off on your lawn. Luckily, there’s rules in place so you can contribute to the spectacle safely.
Runners have the option to compete in the Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K. | Photo provided by Athlete Guild
The Stars and Stripes Half Marathon is set on a beautiful scenic course along country roads, making it one of the fastest and flattest races in the region. Runners of all skill levels are invited to participate and will receive a t-shirt + medal at the finish line. All courses will begin and finish at New Braunfels’ Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre.
Registration starts at $35. Pro tip: Register before Thurs., July 7 to avoid the late registration price bump.*
Independence Day. America has been celebrating this day for 246 years, since the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted on July 4, 1776. Round up the kids, friends, or just yourself and head to downtown Fredericksburg for a city-wide parade or The Rustic for live music + $5 beer. 🇺🇸
According to a public filing, TxDOT is planning a major $1.55 million roadway project involving pedestrian infrastructure along various highways in Bexar County. The project will encompass over 137,000 sqft of new curb ramps, sidewalks, and other infrastructure — more information to come. 🛣️
Methodist Healthcare has officially broken ground on its Northeast hospital campus. The project, named Methodist Plaza II, will consist of a 73,000-sqft, three-floor facility. Think: an outpatient surgery center, robotic surgery capabilities + a cardiology imaging center. 🏥 (KSAT-12)
We spotted a new logo + website redesign on the Majestic & Empire Theatre’s website. Planning your next visit to the historic venue has never been easier with convenient parking + driving directions. 🎭
A new drive-thru Salad and Go location is coming to 22143 Bulverde Rd. The 872-sqft store is slated to begin construction later this year with a completion date in March 2023. You can view the menu on its website. 🥗
Despite concerns surrounding decliningSTAAR test scores due to COVID-19 disruptions, Texas students’ standardized test scores in reading and math have shown to be moving closer to pre-pandemic levels. See the full breakdown. 📝 (Texas Tribune)
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Last Friday, the McNay Art Museum celebrated the opening of “The Studio,” a new co-creating space within the AT&T Center. This project was conceived in collaboration with DoSeum and will allow visitors to get involved in various interactive activities.
Access to The Studio is included with general admission and is free on Thursdays from 4-9 p.m. + first Sunday of every month.
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Editor’s pick:I’ve got a little “pro tip” if you made it this far into the newsletter. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Mana Mobile is planning a stop at Woodlawn Park to give out complimentary French toast sticks and tacos. I think this calls for a bottle of Teremana Tequila to celebrate.
Missed Friday’s newsletter? We’re rounding up our top 10 picks for July events + festivals happening in San Antonio.
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