Happy Independence Day!



Happy Independence Day and Happy 238th Birthday, America! The Fourth of July is one of our favorite holidays here at Delysia Chocolatier. It’s the perfect day for fun, food, friends, family, and FIREWORKS! Central Texas has some of the best displays around. With the help of our friends from Austinsummerfun.com, here are some Fourth of July festivities in Austin that are perfect for the whole family!

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival Where: Hill Country Galleria (12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave)
When: 4pm to midnight on June 28th
Fireworks: TWO shows: 9pm and 11pm
Activities: Art vendors, festival food and treats, and several hill country fair games. Live music featuring Quiet Company, Dale Watson and his Lone Stars, Residual Kid, Lost and Nameless Orchestra, Mayeux and Broussard, and Minor Mishap Marching Band. Admission is free. More info:www.HillCountryFest.com or call 512-263-0001

38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks
Where: Circuit of the Americas (9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617)
When: Gates open at 4pm, activities start at 6pm, concert at 8:30pm on July 4th Fireworks: 9:30pm Activities: While Auditorium Shores is under construction, the Austin fireworks show will move out to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this year. COTA will host a variety of fun, old-fashioned July 4th holiday activities, including interactive games and contests for the whole family. FREE admission, Free parking in Lot F, Up-close parking available on Lots H & A for $10.
More Info: http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/38th-annual-austin-symphony-h-e-b-july-4th-concert-fireworks/

Bob Schneider’s 4th of July Bash
Where: Nutty Brown Cafe (12225 Highway 290 West, Austin)
When: Doors open at 6pm on July 4th Fireworks: following concert Activities: Performances by Milk Drive and Bob Schneider as well as a moonwalk for kids Cost: $17 advance tickets, $22 day-of tickets, kids 12 and under free More Info: Tickets and details on www.nuttybrown.com

Cedar Park 4th of July Celebration
Where: Milburn Park (1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park)
When: 4pm – 10:30pm on July 4th
Fireworks: (specific time not yet provided) Activities: Live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Milburn Pool will be open from 1-8pm with daily pool admission rates applying. Cost: FREE admission, Recommended parking areas: CPHS, CPMS and ACC More Info: Call the event hotline at 512-401-5888 for details

Georgetown’s Sertoma 4th of July Celebration
Where: San Gabriel Park (455 E Morrow St, Georgetown)
When: Activities begin at 11am on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:30pm Activities: Visitors will find 60 arts and craft booths, 20 food vendor, kiddie rides, bounce houses and games, and a petting zoo. Musical entertainment will begin at the Gazebo at noon and will continue all day. A parade begins at 11:00 am at the low water crossing, ending at the Gazebo. Cost: FREE More Info: Details available here.

Where: Plum Creek Golf Course (Kyle) Fireworks: 9:30pm on July 4th Activities: Hays CISD Performing Arts Center will entertain with music until the fireworks start. The free public program starts off with Kem Watts, a local singer and songwriter, performing from 7pm, followed by Starlight Symphony Orchestra at 8pm. OR there is a live music show at the PCGC Clubhouse from 6pm – 9pm that is free to the public (but parking is available by donation). Cost: FREE More Info: Click to find info about parking and details about what is permitted.

Where: There are 2 Entrances to the Leander festival. Entrance A is located on US 183A South (between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way) and Entrance B is located on Hero Way (between Mel Mathis and US 183A).
When: Gates open at 5pm
Fireworks: 9:10pm on July 4th
Activities: There will be live music, vendors, children’s activities, and fireworks. Cost: FREE More Info: Visit the Leander Parks & Rec webpage for more info.
New Braunfels 4th of July Fireworks
Where: Landa Park (Golf Course Dr., New Braunfels)
When: Concert starts at 6:30pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:15pm
Activities: The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a free concert at the Landa Park Dance Slab.
Cost: FREE More Info: Visit the City of New Braunfels website.
Where: Lake Pflugerville (18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville)
When: 3pm – 11pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9pm Activities: Watercraft rentals, music, kids’ activities, food vendors, and more.
Cost: FREE More Info: Note that there is no on-site parking. Click for information about shuttle buses.
Where: Buda City Park (121 Main St, Buda)
When: 9am – 11am on July 4th Parade: 9am
Fireworks: 9:30pm Activities: Bring a picnic, a blanket or your lawn chair to Buda City Park and enjoy a children’s parade at 9 a.m., children’s activities and a magician from 9 – 11 a.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE More Info: Visit the Buda Chamber of Commerce website for more details.
Where: Dell Diamond (3400 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)
When: 7:05pm on July 4th
Fireworks: at the end of ballgame Activities: Round Rock Express vs. Nashville Sounds baseball game. Cost: Tickets from $7 and up. More Info: www.rrexpress.com
Where: Old Settlers Park (3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)
When: Frontier Days Festival opens at noon on July 4th
Fireworks: 10pm Activities: A parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeño pepper eating contest, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park and skydivers are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July 4th Frontier Days Celebration. Cost: FREE More Info: View the full schedule and detailed event line-up.
Where: North Austin’s Katherine Fleischer Park (2106 Klattenhoff Dr., Austin) When: Activities from 10am – 5pm on July 4th
Fireworks: around 9:30pm Activities: Kids can enjoy a rock wall, kiddy train, balloons, clowns, a dunk tank, face painting, and more. There is also live entertainment from 11am – 5pm Cost: FREE More Info: http://www.wellsbranchmud.com/special_events/4th-fest.html
Fireworks at the Quarries Where: The Quarries (1400 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin) When: 7pm on July 4th
Fireworks: At Sundown
Activities: Join Hyde Park Baptist and the Quarries Church’s Focus College Ministry at 7pm for Frisbee, kayaking, washers and a cookout! Cost: FREE More Info: http://hpbc.org/ No matter what your plans are, we wish you a safe and wonderful Independence Day weekend!

If you’re looking for more summer fun with kids in Austin, don’t forget to download the Austin Summer Fun checklist. Watching fireworks is one of the items for July.

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.