After a few cloudy and rainy days, a sunny weekend is in the forecast, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday. In Bexar County, there are plenty of events planned to help you celebrate your independence.
From festivals, fireworks, and parades, this Fourth of July guide lists your options for where to celebrate Independence Day and offers tips on how to care for your pets and ways to quietly observe your freedom.
Six Flags 4th of July Festival
Starting Friday, Six Flags Fiesta Texas will host a multi-day party presented by Coca-Cola. Admission to the celebration includes all rides, photo booths, special edition drinks and a fireworks display with live music at 9 p.m.
The party wraps up with the Rock the Fourth 360° fireworks extravaganza on Monday at 9 p.m. According to Six Flags, the show is “the largest display in San Antonio, featuring more than 1,000 individual launches from 30 unique firing locations throughout the park.”
10:30 AM to 9 PM
17000 Interstate 10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257
Admission prices vary
Fort Sams own
Experience a patriotic performance by the “Fort Sam’s Own” 323d Army Band and the 78th Army Band. This free concert will be performed outside the Alamo on Saturday and will feature songs such as “An American Fanfare,” “America the Beautiful” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Led by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jared Delaney, a concert band comprised of 41 active-duty US Army musicians is joining “Fort Sam’s Own” for a combined performance.
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Helots Independence Day
If you want to get your fireworks fix a day early, the city of Helots is hosting a free Independence Day celebration on Sunday with food and beverage vendors on site at the Helots Festival Grounds. The city encourages you to bring your own chairs and blankets. No pets or outside food, drinks or coolers are allowed.
12210 Leslie Rd
HEB Fourth of July Celebration
The annual tradition is back. HEB has once again partnered with the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the Department of Parks and Recreation to host the city’s official 4th of July celebration. The event at Woodlawn Lake Park is free and open to the public.
The all-day, outdoor event begins at 11 a.m. with a free water aerobics class and Zumba class. It also features local food trucks and vendors serving BBQ, burgers, hot dogs, tacos, aguas frescas, snow cones and non-alcoholic beverages.
Carnival games will also be available at the event, and patrons can enjoy live performances from the US Air Force Band of the West and DJ Plata.
Here are some guidelines posted by officials for attendees:
- Overnight camping is not permitted at Woodlawn Lake Park.
- Woodlawn Lake Park is an alcohol free environment.
- Please respect the surrounding neighborhood and remember to leave no traces.
- Bring trash bags and/or find appropriate containers to dispose of trash and recyclables.
- What to bring: Lawn chairs and blankets for seating, reusable water bottles, sunscreen, umbrellas, hats for sun protection, and bags for trash and recycling.
11 am – 9:30 pm
1103 Cincinnati Ave., San Antonio, TX 78201
River Walk Artisan Exhibition
Explore San Antonio’s rich culture at more than 40 handmade artisan booths along the River Walk near the Chamber of Commerce and the Shops at RiverCenter. The booths feature pottery, jewellery, caricatures, beadwork and more.
Friday – Sunday: 11 am to 11 pm
Monday: 11 am to 8 pm
602 E Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205
Oak Park-Northwood Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade
The Oak Park-Northwood Fourth of July neighborhood parade returns after two years of cancellation due to the pandemic.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street. Families are asked to dress in red, white and blue and march with wagons, bikes and family pets to show their patriotism.
Attendees of the celebration starting at 8:30 a.m. at Northwood Presbyterian Church can enjoy live music from the Alamo City Pipes and Drums, hot dogs, tacos, snow cones from Kona Ice and drinks.
The celebration will conclude with fireworks starting at dusk at Oak Park and River Forest High School’s football stadium near East Avenue and Lake Street, weather permitting.
518 Pike Road, San Antonio, 78209
SeaWorld San Antonio Fireworks
There are free fireworks with admission at SeaWorld from 9:45pm Saturday through Monday. For an additional cost you can reserve VIP seats for the fireworks display in advance.
July 2- July 4
All day, with fireworks at 9:45 p.m
10500 SeaWorld Dr., San Antonio, TX 78251
Tickets start at $64.99
San Antonio Missions vs. Frisco Roughriders
See a minor league baseball game and catch a concert and fireworks display at Nelson Wolff Stadium as part of the 4th of July Celebration presented by Bud Light. Singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler will perform after the game and a fireworks display will end the night.
6:05 pm game, followed by concert and fireworks
Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium
5757 US 90 W, San Antonio, TX 78227
Tickets start at $15
Salute to America’s Heroes
Head to Morgan’s Wonderland on Monday for a celebration honoring military members with a foam party, face painting, games, dance party with DJ Happy and free food by Big Time Bubbles.
11 am to 2 pm
5223 David Edwards Dr.
Tickets are $13 for children 3 and older and $19 for adults and include park admission until closing at 5 p.m. Military discount tickets are $10.
Schertz July 4 Jubilee
Head to Schertz City to pay tribute to “Freedom and Fun” at the 46th Annual 4th of July Jubilee. There will be a 5K run and downtown parade in the morning and a carnival with live music and fireworks in the evening.
9:30 AM to 10 PM
703 Oak St.
Keep your pets happy
The City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services Department offers some tips for pet owners to ensure a safe and happy celebration for your furry friend this year.
Pets don’t like loud noises, so make sure to leave them at home in a safe, quiet area if you plan to leave your home. Do not leave pets unattended even in a fenced yard. Invest in a collar and microchip ID so you can help find your pet if it gets lost.
Avoid feeding your pet human food and supervise the BBQ pit at all times. When in doubt, consult your veterinarian.
Monday is an official city holiday, and Animal Care Services’ main campus at 4710 State Highway 151 will be closed, but animal care officers will be on duty.
All pet-related calls can still be made to 311.
If you want to skip the crowds…
There’s no shame in wanting to enjoy a quiet Independence Day this year. If you’re looking for something more to do, there are plenty of other ways to experience the holiday.
If you love a great view but want some space, find a parking garage or building with rooftop access to view the fireworks nearby. Bring a blanket, some snacks and a friend if you like.
For kids, look for fun arts and crafts activities, such as homemade popsicles, paper decorations, or tie-dye T-shirts.