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Fourth of July in the Highland Lakes

Fireworks explode over Lake LBJ in Kingsland during the annual AquaBoom Fourth of July celebration. Photo by Mark Stracke

Celebrate Fourth of July 2022 across the Highland Lakes with professional fireworks shows, parades, live music, and more.

With drought conditions persisting across the area, these professionally produced shows are the safest and best way to enjoy a spectacular end to Independence Day.

KINGSLAND AQUABOOM

Arguably the biggest bang is in Kingsland during the town's annual AquaBoom. The multi-day event includes golf, cornhole, horseshoe, and washer toss tournaments over the holiday weekend; arts and crafts and food vendors; a street dance with live music by River Rat Revue on July 3; and parades on July 4. It all culminates with a fireworks show over Lake LBJ after 9 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Visit the AquaBoom website for a full schedule, times, and locations.

Another fireworks show that's not officially affiliated with AquaBoom but welcome all the same is put on by residents Kathy and Fred Cramm just after dark on July 2 as a gift to the community. You can see it from several points across Kingsland, especially by watercraft.

LAKE MARBLE FALLS

The fun starts at noon July 4 at Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls, with free swimming at the city pool. After the pool closes at 5 p.m., enjoy vendors and a DJ. Live music starts at 6 p.m.

The fireworks show begins at about 9:15 p.m. from a barge on the lake. Boats are permitted on the water during the show but must be in place by 8 p.m. People can find plenty of viewing spots on land at the park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Glass containers and alcohol are discouraged.

Parking is available at Lakeside Park and nearby Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J South.

Visit the city of Marble Falls Fourth of July webpage for more information.

LLANO DAM DROUGHT FEST

Llano canceled its annual Rock'n Riverfest personal watercraft races due to low flow on the Llano River, but the city's Independence Day celebration (and good humor) persists with Drought Fest. Activities take place July 1, 2, and 4 on the courthouse square, 801 Ford St., and in Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive. While Friday's events have yet to be announced (as of story's publication), Saturday and Monday are filled with fun.

On July 2, browse the All-American Market and Sidewalk Sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the square. A children's parade takes place at 9:30 a.m.; a pet parade follows at 10 a.m.

On July 4, a kayak and "anything that floats" parade starts at 7 p.m. on the Llano River at Badu Park. No motors allowed. A fireworks display ends the festival at dark.

KRAUSE SPRINGS

This outdoor oasis in Spicewood holds a free fireworks show on July 4. If you're not already camping on the grounds, you must arrive before 8 p.m. before the gates close. You can also watch the fireworks along CR 412 or from the Spicewood Elementary School parking lot, 1005 Spur 191.

Krause Springs is located at 424 CR 404 in Spicewood.

BERTRAM

The volunteer fire department hosts a fireworks display on July 4 at J.O. Wilson Sports Complex, 549 FM 243 in Bertram. Enjoy music by a DJ while waiting for the show to begin. Veterans and first responders will be honored during the event.

BRIGGS/OAKALLA

Several local businesses and organizations sponsor a free fireworks show on July 3 at Faurie's End of the Trail on U.S. 183. Gates usually open at 5 p.m., but check the Briggs and Oakalla Community Fireworks Facebook page for details and weather-related updates.

HORSESHOE BAY

Horseshoe Bay Resort hosts a fireworks show each July 4 for its guests. Everyone else can see the sky light up at about 9:30 p.m. at several spots in the area and on Lake LBJ.

Check the above links closer to the events for up-to-date information or weather-related changes.

And impress your friends and family with these American flag facts or some red, white, and blue-inspired treats.

editor@thepicayune.com

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