AUSTIN, Texas — As Texas entered phase three of reopening, Gov. Greg Abbott gave the green light for some large outdoor events, like Fourth of July celebrations.
Despite this, some events have been either canceled or modified to maintain safe practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here's what's going on around Central Texas the July 4 weekend:
Leander Liberty Festival
Tickets for Leander's annual holiday event, Leander Liberty Festival, are already sold out, but the City is going through with its Fourth of July celebration. The event will have limited vehicle parking and guest seating, and guests will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines at the venue.
Gates will open at 7 p.m. for live music before the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m., according to the city.
For those unable to attend, the fireworks show will be streamed on Facebook.
City of Kyle Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Show
The city of Kyle Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Show starts at 9 p.m. and will be launched from Plum Creek Golf Course.
Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival at Typhoon Texas
Typhoon Texas is hosting the Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival to celebrate the Fourth of July. The festival will feature a variety of activities throughout the day, ending with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
If you want to avoid crowds, you can park at one of the following locations to see the fireworks:
- Hendrickson High School (19201 Colorado Sand Drive)
- Stone Hill Town Center (500 Limestone Commercial Drive)
- Costco (1901 Kelly Lane)
Additionally, the fireworks show will be streamed on the city's Facebook page.
Red, White & Buda Fireworks Shows
While the morning parade has been canceled, the city of Buda is hosting two fireworks shows. Fireworks are to be launched from the Buda Sportsplex and City Park from 9:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be no parking at these locations to ensure social distancing practices.
Fourth of July with Granger Smith at Dell Diamond
The Fourth of July event at the Dell Diamond will feature live music and fireworks at the ballpark. Fans can either sit in the outfield or in the seating bowl. Due to the coronavirus, there will be a limited capacity. Seating will be broken up into individual sections that can accommodate up to four people.
While some events are still taking place, others have been canceled, including the following:
City of New Braunfels Fourth of July Parade
The city of New Braunfels has canceled its Fourth of July Parade. The fireworks show over Landa Park has also been postponed to another date.
“While it is a difficult decision to cancel a beloved community tradition, the decision came at the suggestion of local health authorities and with the health and safety of our residents as the priority,” said New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman.
City of Round Rock Fourth of July Parade
The city of Round Rock announced the cancellation of its Fourth of July parade due to recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases.
City of San Marcos Fourth of July fireworks display
The City of San Marcos has postponed its Fourth of July fireworks display until further notice due to concerns regarding the coronavirus.
City of Taylor Independence Day Parade
Taylor Mayor Brandt Rydell issued an executive order on June 26 canceling the city's planned Independence Day parade and fireworks display.
H-E-B Austin Symphony July Fourth Concert and Fireworks event
The Austin Symphony's annual fireworks show and concert has been canceled due to concerns regarding crowds and the spread of COVID-19.
Georgetown July Fourth Celebration
Georgetown, Texas, has canceled its July Fourth Celebration due to concerns regarding COVID-19 and social distancing.
“While we tried to find creative ways to continue this year’s celebration, City Council felt it would be in the best interest of public health and safety to cancel,” said Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross.
Lockhart fireworks show
The Lockhart City Council canceled the city's 2020 Fourth of July fireworks show due to recent spikes in COVID-19.
“We can still celebrate responsibly this year by practicing physical distancing or wearing face coverings when keeping our distance isn’t possible," said Lockhart Mayor Lew White.
The City of Cedar Park announced on Thursday its Fourth of July neighborhood pop-up parades have been canceled thanks to the governor's latest orders. The event was set to take place at various times and locations on Saturday morning.
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