Top 5 Texas Towns to Spend the Fourth of July

Where to Celebrate Your 4th of July in Texas

Fourth of July fireworks in Austin
••• Fourth of July fireworks in Austin. franckreporter/Getty Images

Fourth of July is always one of summer's most festive times when Independence Day rolls around. There are many Fourth of July events in Texas, but a few cities and towns, in particular, go all out on Independence Day each year. If you happen to be in the Lone Star state in early July, check out one of these Fourth of July commemorations.

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    Officially designated as the "Fireworks Capital of Texas" because of its weekly summer fireworks displays (Fridays at 9:15 sharp), South Padre Island certainly lives up to its nickname on Independence Day when a huge fireworks extravaganza is held over Laguna Madre Bay. The fireworks display can be viewed from condos and restaurants on both South Padre Island and across the bay in Port Isabel. In addition to this Fourth of July event in Texas, this popular summer vacation spot also offers visitors a full slate of vacation activities including fishing, swimming, kite boarding, parasailing, surfing, jet skiing and sand castle building.

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    Texas' state capitol of Austin is a great place to spend the Fourth of July. Every Independence Day, the Austin Symphony Orchestra performs its annual Fourth of July Fireworks & Symphony at Auditorium Shores. Other summer activities in include swimming at Barton Springs, skiing on Lake Travis and exploring underground wonders at Longhorn Caverns. While in Austin, also make time for a stop at the Texas State Capitol. Centrally located in Texas Hill Country, Austin gives visitors the option of making day trips to surrounding towns and attractions.

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    One of Texas' tiniest towns holds one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations each year. Luckenback, a small Hill Country town made famous by Willie Nelson's ballad, holds its Family Fourth of July Picnic every Independence Day. ​This free celebration features live music, games, food, drink and, of course, the World Famous Luckenbach Lawn Mower Parade.

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    Summer is one of the best times to vacation in San Antonio, nicknamed Alamo City. Known for some of the state's biggest and best celebrations, it should come as no surprise that Alamo City honors Fourth of July in a big way, too. Every year the city sponsors a huge fireworks show at Woodlawn Lake Park. Additionally, SeaWorld and Fiesta Texas stage their own Fourth of July fireworks displays. Of course, there are plenty of other things to see and do while in San Antonio including RiverWalk and Natural Bridge Caverns.

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    If you're visiting North Texas in the first week of July, consider spending time in Dallas. The Big D's Fair Park Fourth annual free event features food, games, live music and fireworks in Fair Park on the Fourth of July. In addition to this Fourth of July event in Texas, Dallas has many other summer activities to fill out a vacation. Check out watersports on Lewisville Lake, thrilling rides at ​Six Flags and Texas' oldest zoo.