Whether you boast American flag socks (the pinnacle of patriotism) or are just here for the fireworks, there is something for everyone to enjoy this 4th of July.
Fourth of July at the Pearl with Sound Cream
// Grab a picnic blanket and head on over to Pearl Park, where Austin's DJ Manolo Black will be mixing our queen Selena with the most danceable tejano, cumbia and reggaeton beats from a vintage AirStream trailer. If you need a little liquid courage before you start bustin' a move—don't fret. Bottling Department will have drink specials in honor of the holiday. If you're not ready to forfeit the traditional BBQ completely, The Granary 'Cue & Brew will also be serving up some BBQ sliders that will probably bring old Uncle Sam to tears of joy. Free, 5:30-9pm, The Historic Pearl, (210) 212-7260.
Freedom Fest at Market Square
// This year at the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande, The 4th of July will be celebrated for an entire week. Starting June 30 till Friday July 6, there will be performances by local country, jazz and tejano musicians accompanied by an assortment of food trucks on San Saba and Commerce Street. On the day of stars and stripes, there will be live music on the Plaza stage until 7pm. Free, June 30 to July 6, 514 W Commerce Street, (210) 207-8600.
Fourth of July With The Eli Young Band And The Missions
// Baseball is a decidedly American pastime, so what better way to spend the most patriotic day of the year than to watch the Missions go head-to-head with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. After the game, the event takes a Texan turn with a performance by country act The Eli Young Band and a fireworks display. $30, 5757 W US Highway 90, (210) 675-7275.
Remember the Alamo
// On the 4th of July, The Alamo will be hosting kid-friendly living history demonstrations from readings of the Declaration of Independence to corn husk doll making. Plus, live music from the Fort Sam 323rd Army Band. Free, 9am-4pm, 300 Alamo Plz, (210) 225-1391.
Fourth of July Party at Viva Tacoland
// After an afternoon of grilling, head out to Tacoland to sample Jim Beam's All American whiskey and hear DJ Cruz spinning on the MainStage. 8pm, 103 W Grayson St, (210) 368-2443.
Fireworks Extravaganza at The Golf Club of Texas
// You can participate in an All-American "extravaganza" happening at the Golf Club this Fourth of July. There will be hamburgers, there will absolutely be hot dogs. And for the gamesmen: cornhole, giant Jenga and giant Connect Four. There will also be live music and a bombastic fireworks display. $20, 13600 Briggs Rnch, (210) 504-2550.
Gorge Yourself at Mimi's
// Mimi's cafe will be offering free crispy funnel cake with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream to all guests with the purchase of any adult entree. Free, 11am, 17315 West Interstate 10 Frontage Road, (210) 877-5792.
Drink the Flag
// Kick back with some live music by the Steve Helms Band and Friends and order a beer flag for the troops at The Rustic. Choose from Real Ale Firemans #4, Miller Lite and Legal Draft Nowhere But Texas. All proceeds will go to the Pat Tillman Foundation's efforts to empower military veterans committed to public service. All veterans who go to this event will receive a free Rustic Burger. 12:30pm to 11pm, 17619 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 204, (210) 245-7500.
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