Top 12 Places To Watch Fireworks In Austin

Dated: 06/29/2018

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1. Vic Mathias (Auditorium) ShoresCopy Link 900 West Riverside Dr.

Austin, TX

The main event (HEB Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks) takes place at Vic Mathias (aka Auditorium) Shores, from where you can see the fireworks explode majestically over Lady Bird (aka Town) Lake, if you can manage to get there early enough to find a spot. The Austin Symphony site events section has detailed information about best places to park and road closures. The orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

2. South First Bridge

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This will get you even closer to the action than the Congress Avenue bridge, but just remember you'll have cars to deal with and will need to stand the whole time.

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3. Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Copy Link 1 Congress Ave
Austin, TX

Bats aren't the only thing to watch from the Congress Avenue bridge. Just as when the bats come out, though, the street remains open to cars and is usually busy, so keep that in mind. Safety first!

4. Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge

Copy Link 1250 W. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX

You don't have to worry about cars on this bridge, of course, which is a distinct advantage. As always bears repeating, get there very early, as it will be packed way before the fireworks start. Also, it's generally bad form to bring a blanket or chair so that as many people as possible can get a spot.

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5. Lady Bird Lake TrailCopy Link Lady Bird Lake
Austin, TX Visit Website

There are plenty of places along both shores of the lake that will put you practically underneath the fireworks (bring a flashlight for when it's time to find your way out, though). Bonus points for biking or walking to your destination rather than adding to the traffic and mess closer to the event. One exception: According to the Austin Symphony website, the lower portion of the Hike & Bike Trail on the north side of Lady Bird Lake (between the Seaholm intake structure and South First Street) will be closed at 10 a.m. on the Fourth. The upper sidewalk along Cesar Chavez will remain open.

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6. Zilker Park

Copy Link 2168 Lou Neff Rd.
Austin, TX (512) 477-8672 (512) 477-8672Visit Website

Our sprawling central city park has many excellent vantage points from which to watch the very nearby explosions in the sky. Just like other fireworks-adjacent areas, though, it will be crowded and best reached by foot, bike, or bus if possible.

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7. Rowing DockCopy Link 2418 Stratford Dr
Austin, TX (512) 459-0999 (512) 459-0999Visit Website

For $45-$90, you can a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board and watch the sky light up from Lady Bird Lake—as well as start out a bit north of the main action, with perhaps more parking and less chaos. Rowing Dock's rentals for night events are by reservation and prepayment only. Visit the site for details.

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