The Best Places to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in San Antonio
The Fourth of July weekend is coming up, and there’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than by heading out to a local fireworks show.
Compared to shooting off your own fireworks at home, there’s:
- No risk of burning down half of Bexar County with your Roman candle.
- No need to dive into the bushes when a police car rolls down the street.
- No cleanup and no stress.
The safest and most fun way to enjoy fireworks this summer is by attending a professional fireworks show. Attendees get to watch trained experts shoot off a dazzling array of shells to fanfare and musical accompaniment.
It sure beats standing around the cul-de-sac with snakes and sparklers.
And the good news is that in a place like San Antonio, there’s no shortage of big shows. Whether you’re in King William or New Braunfels, there’s something happening nearby.
Here’s a look at the best July 4 fireworks shows in the San Antonio area.
Stars and Stripes over San Antonio
We’ll lead off with the largest fireworks show in the city, of course. Stars and Stripes over San Antonio boasts a 20-minute long fireworks display.
The show starts at 9:30 p.m., but the fun kicks off much earlier. Parking is at the Alamodome and gates open at 6, with food trucks, live music and kids’ activities on the schedule. Admission is $2, but is free to kids under 12 and anyone with an active military ID.
You can also skirt the admission fee by watching the fireworks from anywhere in downtown (we’d suggest Hemisfair Park) and tuning your radio to 101.9 FM for the music.
Woodlawn Lake 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Show
The City of San Antonio’s official July 4 celebration kicks off at 8 a.m. at Woodlawn Lake Park. That’s when the 4K family fun run gets underway, and it’ll be followed by a parade at 11:30.
Then at noon, the party officially begins on the west end of the park. There will be live music, free food for servicemembers and free mechanical rides for kids. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m., so bring your sunscreen and a blanket. It’s going to be a long, fun day.
Schertz Fourth of July Jubilee
Northeast San Antonio’s biggest Fourth of July celebration starts on July 3, with live music, games, barbecue and an apple pie cookoff from 6-11 p.m. at Pickrell Park. Admission is free, but carnival wristbands are $20.
The celebration continues bright and early the next day. The Let Freedom Run Schertz 5K will take place right before the parade, which is slated to begin around 9:15.
Bring some shade and a place to sit. The parade starts at Clemens High School and ends in Pickrell Park, where the carnival will kick up again with live music and entertainment, food and a kids watermelon eating contest at 1:45.
And of course, the fireworks at dusk.
New Braunfels Fourth of July Extravaganza
New Braunfels will celebrate Independence Day in true Hill Country fashion, with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. from The Groovehounds at the Landa Park Dance Slab.
The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m., and they’ll be visible from virtually anywhere in the city. That’s good news, because the golf course will be off-limits this year due to construction.
Fourth of July Fireworks in Boerne
We didn’t forget about those of you on the far northwest side. Boerne will be hosting its annual fireworks display at City Park.
Admission is free, and visitors are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics. The show will begin at dusk, and organizers expect it to be visible from anywhere in town.