The Fourth of July is that one day in the summer when no one has a valid excuse for being antisocial. Unless you're protecting our planet from an alien attack, you probably aren't tied up with work and can make it to your buddy Jeff's barbecue. We know it's tempting to stay in and relax on your day off this Fourth, but that's just not what the founding fathers fought for.
Lucky for you, we've put together a list of Independence Day events happening around the city. So throw on your best bermuda shorts, lather on some oil-free SPF 30, and let's show some appreciation for this beautiful country we live in.
San Antonio's Official July Fourth Celebration
1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Mon 7/4 8am- 9:30pm
This Woodlawn Park blowout is the biggest Fourth of July event in the city. Featuring carnival games, food and a full day of live music, there will be fun activities for the whole family to take part in. The event will even host a 5K run, so you don't have to skip a day of cardio. The celebration will close out with a mammoth firework show over the lake that people come from all over the city to catch a glimpse of. Be sure to arrive early or take an Uber — parking will certainly be a nightmare.
Independence Day at the Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
Mon 7/4, 9am-4pm
Although from a completely different historical event, the Alamo is still a powerful symbol of the struggle for independence, which makes it an appropriate backdrop for an Independence Day celebration. The event will host readings of the Declaration of Independence, historical reenactments and even musket firing demonstrations. If that isn't enough to win you over, there will also be free paletas handed out at the Alamo Hall Patio. Music will be provided throughout the day by Bexar Bones Trombone Quartet.
Fourth of July Artisan River Walk Boutique
San Antonio River Walk
Fri 7/1-Mon 7/4, 11am-8pm
What's the Fourth of July without some handmade memorabilia? Starting this Friday, the River Walk will be home to some of San Antonio's finest local artisans selling special pieces of jewelry, pottery and fine art. Take a stroll along the San Antonio River this weekend and stop to talk to these artisans who are all eager to share information about their respective crafts. Free artistic expression is an important liberty we enjoy as Americans, so show some support for local art. A little culture will be good for you.
Freedom Fest 2016
514 W. Commerce St.
Sat 7/2-Mon 7/4, 12pm-8pm
Celebrate your freedom to mercilessly shovel tripa tacos down your throat this weekend in San Antonio's historic Market Square. The annual Freedom Fest celebration will be like round two of Fiesta in Market Square with all the trademark food, aguas frescas and micheladas. Luckily you've had a solid two months to recover and prepare. There will also be chingos of live music by popular San Antonio musicians including Whiskey 2 Step, The Chris Saucedo Band and the Palacios Brothers. Make this holiday weekend count like a true San Antonian would.
4th of July Parade & Picnic 2016
233 Bushnell Ave.
Mon 7/4, 9am-12:30pm
Dress up the kids, the dog and grandpa and make your way over to the beautiful Monte Vista neighborhood for its annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic. The parade will start at the corner of Lynwood and Belknap and end at the Landa Library Gardens where the festivities will continue. A costume contest will be held with categories for best adult costume, best child costume and best dressed dog. There will also be a prize for best decorated float (bicycle, tricycle, unicycle or wagon). Be creative and don't get stingy with the body paint.
Stinson Airport Independence Day
8535 Mission Road
Mon 7/4, 10am-2pm
Free Admission, Tours $5-20
The Stinson Municipal Airport is putting on a Fourth of July celebration with the Stinson Commemorative Air Force. The event will be great for history buffs, offering tours of fully restored vintage aircrafts such as the AT-6 "Texan," the P-51 "Pecos Bill" and the ultra rare B-25 Mitchell bomber yellow rose. Flights in the planes will also be offered if you have the stomach for it. When your tours and flights are over, there will be a family fun fair with activities and exhibits to entertain the kids.
Leon Valley Festival and Fireworks Spectacular
6440 Evers Road
Mon 7/4, 10am-Dusk
Celebrate your patriotism at Leon Valley's all-day Fourth of July party, which is taking place in Raymond Rimkus Park and will feature a day full of good ole fashioned American fun. Activities will include a carnival, pony rides and Leon Valley's 22nd annual Fourth of July Parade. There will also be over 20 different food vendors on site selling everything from barbecue to Philipino cuisine. In true Fourth of July fashion, a firework finale will take place at dusk to unite us all in our mutual love for loud explosions and bright colors. There will be plenty of parking available around the event, but a park and ride shuttle option will also be offered with stops throughout San Antonio.
4th of July Celebration at Morgan's Wonderland
5223 David Edwards Drive
Mon 7/4, 9pm-4pm
$11-17, $9 for military and first responders
Bring the whole family to participate in this salute to America's heroes. After a special Independence Day opening ceremony, the day's activities will include a petting zoo, face painting and a Fourth of July dance parade around the park. After the parade, there will be a fun performance by Hartman's House puppet show. Free food for guests will be offered from 11am to 2pm. The menu will include hot dogs with all the trimmings and America's favorite apple pie. As always, individuals with special needs will be admitted free of charge.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend in Castroville
Houston Square & Castroville Regional Park
Sat 7/2-Mon 7/4, 7am-10pm
Castroville will celebrate the Fourth with an entire weekend full of different events. The party will kick off on Saturday with a 5K color run and a pet fair/pet parade. The festivities will continue on to Sunday with the first annual Chili Cookoff & Tasting and old-fashioned street dance performances. The weekend's finale on Monday will start with a Parade in Houston Square and end in Castroville Regional Park with the Old-Fashioned 4th of July Concert and Picnic in the Park. The concert will boast some of the area's best musical performers along the scenic Medina River and, if you haven't guessed it by now, will close out with a huge firework spectacular. God bless America.
Traders Village Fourth of July Celebration
9333 SW Loop 410
Sun 7/3, 12:30pm-4:30 pm
Fleamarkets are bonafide San Antonio institutions. Moreover, they perfectly epitomize the free market capitalism upon which our country prides itself. What better way to celebrate America's independence than to take full advantage of our economic structure and go on a full-blown knick-knack shopping binge? This Sunday, the fine people at Traders Village will allow you to do just that while they entertain your children with Fourth of July fun and games. These fun and games will consist of a magician, a balloon artist and mechanical bull-riding. You know, the usual. On top of all that, the first 3,000 guests will be given free American flags. You better set your alarm, buster.