Hays Street Bridge: If you’re serious about skipping the throngs of people, the Hays Street bridge is a must. Perfect for couples and young adults, you can grab beer and pizza at nearby Boneshakers Tap House & Pizzeria beforehand, or bring your own treats and camp out on the overpass. There are great views of the Hemisfair Park fireworks to the South and AT&T center-area fireworks to the north.
Boerne Stage Road (The Rim/La Cantera area): Pack up a few independence goodies, lawn chairs, blankets, and the kiddos (can’t forget them) and sprawl out somewhere down Boerne Stage Road amongst a few other fireworks viewers to get a good look at the Fiesta Texas firework extravaganza. This location is perfect to off-road the F150 and utilize the truck bed for firework gazing.
Poteet Country Winery: Grab your two-steppin’ shoes and venture out of town to the Poteet Country Winery for a music-filled hoedown, bagpipers, and a secret Southern tradition that brings new meaning to fireworks. But beware, the venue’s famed Poteet Strawberry Wine may taste simply fresh and fruity going down, but will artfully cloud your judgment before you know it.
Toyota Field – For you sports enthusiasts, enjoy your Independence Day with the San Antonio Scorpions as they face the Carolina RailHawks. The holiday family deal includes four game tickets along with four hotdog, chip, and soda combos for $65. Win or lose, the postgame (firework) show will go on!
Friendship Park (Kirby) – If you’d like to dodge the Fourth of July mobs but are still looking for the familiar park, food, and fireworks charade, look no further than Friendship Park. The San Antonio suburb of Kirby is hosting their first annual Independence Day celebration offering the archetypal Independence Day trademarks.
— Toni Guarrino