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Austin 4th of July 2020

Top Independence Day Events & Things To Do on July 4th in Austin

During this time, the health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national, state and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when they are visiting any destination.

For the latest updates about the status of each featured location, please check each business's website. To learn more about local restrictions and closures, click here.

Whether you're a local looking to opt outside during the long weekend or visiting during July 4th, here are some socially distant things to do in Austin and beyond.

Lucy's Fried Chicken
Courtesy of Lucy's Fried Chicken.

Local Restaurants

Whether you're looking for a holiday party at a nearby craft brewery or a special, red, white and blue pie from a local bakery, Austin's dining community steps it up for the holiday weekend. Here are a few of the best restaurants in Austin where you can experience down-home American food for the 4th of July.

Love fried chicken? Bring on deep-fried buttermilk heaven at Lucy's Fried Chicken. Look for the colorful neon lady along South Congress and try twists on classic dishes like Deep Fried Deviled Eggs and Chicks and Chips.

Head west, into the Hill Country, for a truly Texan meal at Jack Allen's Kitchen, Oak Hill. This farm-to-table eatery serves up a fresh menu each night, featuring locally sourced ingredients and beverages. Treat yourself to one of the specialty margaritas alongside the smashed guacamole.

Make tracks to Bee Cave in the Texas Hill Country and get your bib ready for some lip-smacking baby back ribs from Schmidt Family Barbecue. In business for more than 75 years, the Schmidts are known for their house-smoked meats, including tender barbecue beef brisket.

Pack up the kids and head to Hat Creek Burger Company. This indoor/outdoor burger spot features all natural juicy burgers, milkshakes for the kids, craft beer for the 'rents, sanitized picnic tables and a sanitized playground.

Yes, you’re still in Texas. But Evangeline Cafe brings the Cajun and Creole attitude with dishes like seafood gumbo, chicken fried gator and crawfish etouffee. Pair your meal with a refreshing Shiner Bock. 

Take in the Nantucket beach house vibe on Perla's wooden deck. The South Congress seafood and oyster bar is made for long lunches and happy hours. Savor fresh oysters from Washington to Prince Edward Island and apps like crab cakes and New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp.

Want to take your meal with you for the fireworks show? Order a New York-style pie to-go from Home Slice Pizza. The hand-tossed pizzas are a South Congress neighborhood favorite, with toppings ranging from traditional sausage to fried eggplant.

Let the kids run free during daily "Parent's Recess" at Phil’s Ice House, where the kids can enjoy the expansive playscape and parents can take advantage of creative burgers and happy hour drink specials.  Plus, be sure to stop by neighboring Amy's Ice Creams for a sweet treat to-go!

Craving some of that famous Austin barbecue? Get your taste buds singing with our finger-licking Ultimate Guide to Austin Barbecue.

Willie Nelsons fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of The Americas in austin texas
Courtesy of COTA.

Where to Stay in Austin for July 4th Weekend

Make a long weekend out of the holiday and book a stay in family-friendly resort, an elegant historic hotel or one of Austin’s funky boutiques. Explore all of Austin’s lodging options and book your stay.

Austin July 4th Events

Although the city’s firework displays are cancelled, there are still a variety of virtual events to enjoy. Learn more on our event calendar.

Kayaking through the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Outdoor Activities

Soak up plenty of Vitamin D during your long weekend! Bring your friends and a frisbee to Zilker Park. Pets are especially welcome. Or, lace up your hiking shoes to explore the Barton Creek Greenbelt, complete with hiking trails, a rope swing and plenty of scenic views. Run or stroll along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The heart-of-the-city gem is green, gorgeous and flanked by Austin’s flourishing skyline.

Paddle board, canoe, kayak or cruise around our local lakes, catching some rays while getting a workout. Several rental shops are currently open on Lady Bird Lake, Lake Travis and Lake Austin, following capacity and sanitization guidelines including Live Love Paddle, the Rowing DockCongress Avenue KayaksFloat On Boat Rentals and more.

Sit back and let the captain do the driving on a Lady Bird Lake boat cruise from Lone Star Riverboat or Capital Cruises (both with limited offerings), complete with cityscape views and Austin landmark sightseeing. Or, watch 1.5 million Congress Avenue Bridge bats fly out near dusk on a sunset cruise.

Drive out to the Hill Country for spectacular hikes, state parks and picnic spots. While swimming holes like Hamilton Pool Preserve and Jacob’s Well are currently closed, spend the day at picture perfect parks like Emma Long Metropolitan Park (reservations required), Reimers Ranch ParkLockhart State Park (reservations required) and more.