Highland Lakes Fourth of July
Fireworks shows take place across the Highland Lakes on July 4 and the surrounding days. Here are the best places to watch in 2023 in Kingsland, Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Llano, Bertram, and Krause Springs. Details to be updated as the events near.
Lake Marble Falls fireworks
The night skies over Lake Marble Falls erupt in color and sound just after dark on July 1. The best view is at Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive. Admission is free. That's also where food trucks will be serving starting at 5 p.m. The Lakeside Park Swimming Pool will open from noon to 5 p.m. for free. Live music begins at 7 p.m. with Austin funk-rock band Dysfunkshun Junkshun entertaining the crowds. The fireworks blast off at 9:15 p.m. Boats can be on the water but must be in place by 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets (glass containers not allowed inside the park).Check the city’s website for updates.
When it comes to Fourth of July celebrations, Kingsland reigns with its annual AquaBoom celebration
. The multi-day event includes a fireworks display, land and boat parades, a wakeboard show, a rubber ducky race, and more. AquaBoom fireworks begin just after dark on July 4 and can be best seen from the RM 2900 bridge over the Colorado River. Parking is limited, so come early to get a spot. You can find some parking in nearby neighborhoods, but be courteous of private property and don’t block driveways.
You don’t necessarily have to be on the bridge to enjoy the fireworks. They are visible from several vantage points in town and on the lake. Be sure to tune your radio to KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune
to enjoy patriotic music synchronized with the fireworks display.
The annual Rock'n Riverfest takes place on the Llano River on July 1 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.. The event includes a fireworks show, live music by Kin Faux, personal watercraft races, stunts, and tricks, and children's activities. Go to the event website for details.
Johnson City Fourth Fest
The hometown of President Lyndon B. Johnson gets extra patriotic around the Fourth. This year's parade and fireworks show are on July 1. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. at LBJ High School, 505 N. Nugent Ave., with a parade to honor veterans and America’s independence. It will travel south of the school and then onto East Pecan Street, Avenue E, and East Cypress Street. More activities follow throughout the day across downtown ahead of the fireworks display at dark at the Blanco County Annex.
Go to johnsoncitytx.org
Krause Springs fireworks
A hidden gem among Independence Day celebrations, the Krause Springs fireworks display on July 4 is free to attend, but if you are not already camping on the grounds, you have to arrive before 8 p.m. when the gates are closed. The fireworks also can be spotted along CR 412 or from the Spicewood Elementary School parking lot at 1005 Spur 191.
Krause Springs is located at 424 CR 404 in Spicewood. No pets of glass items allowed. Visit krausesprings.net
for more information.
Fireworks over Lake LBJ
Horseshoe Bay Resort hosts an amazing fireworks display on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. for its guests. Everyone else can catch it from a number of spots across the area and on Lake LBJ.
Hye 4th Fest
The tiny community of Hye celebrates big with 4th Fest on July 1 from 1-10 p.m. at Silver Dollar Winery Hill Country, 8264 US 290 West. A $50 ticket includes 10 drink tastings from over 10 wineries/breweries and a souvenir glass and bag. Event also features live music by Red Line 57, Cattlelac, and Eddy Barber & The Chosen as well as vendors and a fireworks show at dark. Barbecue and pizza available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.Go to the event website for details.