The traditional HEB Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks event is scheduled on Monday night, July 4. As is also tradition, scads of people—approximately 100,000, according to the Austin Symphony website—are expected to turn out. If you don't have friends in high places (a downtown condo, a mansion atop Mount Bonnell), you might find this map of places to watch them helpful.
To avoid the traffic and parking nightmare around Vic Mathias (formerly Auditorium) Shores, you'll probably want to take the advice of the Austin Symphony: Your best bet is to walk, drive, or take the bus from a spot several blocks away from the festivities. (Remember the hike-and-bike trail will be dark when you leave, so it's time to download that flashlight app. Or take a flashlight.)
If you must drive, park north of Lady Bird Lake in the downtown area to avoid the extensive congestion in and around Lamar Boulevard, Barton Springs Road, and Riverside Drive (all areas south of the park). The Bouldin Creek neighborhood will have parking restrictions in place as well.
There will be road closures on Riverside Drive from South Lamar Boulevard to South First Street starting at 10 a.m. After 6 p.m., West Cesar Chavez Street will be closed from MoPac to Congress Avenue. North- and southbound MoPac traffic will be diverted to West Fifth Street and Enfield Road/West 15th Street.
You can get parking lot suggestions and rates, more information about closures (including parts of the lake and trail), a list of prohibited items, and much more at the Austin Symphony site below.
You can find more detailed information about street closures and a map at the Downtown Austin Alliance link below.
• H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks [Austin Symphony]
• Street Closures [Downtown Austin Alliance]
Finally, our sibling site Eater Austin has the scoop on the best places to eat and drink for the long weekend.
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