AUSTIN -- From ladies dancing in the street to foam fun in the park, people put on their red, white and blue to celebrate America's 237th birthday.
"Our independence from England," laughed Melanie Hardaway. "It's been a while, but we still 'gotta celebrate it!"
Celebrations kicked off Thursday morning with multiple community parades, including one on Far West Boulevard hosted by the Northwest Austin Civic Association.
The parade is one of the largest and oldest in the city, but it was Khahn Nguyen's first time attending.
"This is my son's first 4th of July, so just kind of seeing how everything is. It looks great," said Nguyen.
Near Round Rock, hundreds of families packed into Cat Hollow Park to enjoy a parade, face painting, food and games, commemorating the day with their neighbors and friends.
"It's fun; it's mostly free, and it's a good time, nice weather," said Michael Shelton, who went to the park with his family.
The City of Pflugerville hosted its annual Pfirecracker Pfestival at the lake. On the north shore, people lounged on the banks and participated in water sports. While on the south shore, the crowd was more relaxed.
"This side seemed a lot more calm, more family oriented," said Aniqua Trice.
Both sides are waiting for the big event of the night, a fireworks show that starts at 9:05 pm.
"John Adams actually said that we're supposed to have pomp and circumstance and shoot things off in the air and everything, so you're gotta always celebrate that way," added Hardaway.
Pflugerville officials are encouraging people who plan to attend the PFirecracker Pfestival to use provided shuttle buses. People who want to go to the North Shore of Lake Pflugerville can park at Hendrickson High School. Those who want to go to the South Shore should park at Pflugerville High School. There is a bridge over the lake connecting both sides for people who would like to go back and forth.