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Celebrating Independence Day (July 4th)

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The 4th of July often means picnics, parties, and of course fireworks. This is a guide about celebrating Independence Day (July 4th).


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June 29, 2005

My husband and I are going to San Antonio for the 4th. Any fun ideas, places to eat?

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June 29, 20050 found this helpful

Fun Things to do in San Antonio - Take a ride on one of our fine riverboats and experience San Antonio's world-famous Riverwalk. Stop in at participating restaurants, clubs and shops. On the original tour are two points to get off the boat and take a tour of the most interesting parts of the city.. Alamo Plaza (get off at the Paseo del Alamo) and La Villita (get off at the Arneson River Theatre)

The site of the original settlement, La Villita is one square block in the heart of downtown San Antonio alive with artists, craftsmen, shops and restaurants.

If you have some time, please take our two free tours - explore the history of the buildings and visit the shops.

Market Square is a Mexican style plaza, complete with some of the finest restaurants, shops and galleries in San Antonio. Every weekend there's some kind of party or festival going on here. Be sure to put it on your dance card when you visit San Antonio.

If you've never visited Alamo Plaza, chances are you've never been to San Antonio. One of the ways to get to Alamo Plaza from the Riverwalk is through the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The passageway is called "Paseo del Alamo" and is lined with a waterway and tropical foliage. Great for photos and the kids will love putting their hands into the waterfalls.

You must visit the Tower of Americas in HemisFair Park. If you've ever wanted to see San Antonio from 50 stories up, check out the Tower's observation deck. Hope you're not afraid of heights, 'cause it's pretty windy and kind of scarey up there.

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June 29, 20050 found this helpful

Home Cookin'

CDB Grill & Snack Bar

615 E. Houston (Downtown Post Office 1st Floor) [Ma

If we didn't tell you about it, you'd never know it was there. When you've been on the road for awhile, no matter how good the restaurants, you're always ready for a little bit of homestyle cooking. Well, CDB is the place in downtown San Antonio. No frills-just good, home-style cooking at extremely reasonable prices (under $4!). In addition to the wide selection of sandwiches and salads you'd expect, every day there are 2 specials - from chicken n' dumplings, beef stew to chicken fried steak - served with a choice of 2 vegetables and bread. Meatloaf (just like Mom makes) is a staple every Thursday. They're open from M-F from 7am-2pm and deliver breakfast and lunch in the downtown neighborhood from 8-10:30 & 11-1. CDB's at the corner of Houston and Alamo so they're a perfect place to have breakfast or lunch before or after your visit to the Alamo. But get there early, the downtown crowd already knows about them and now the world does too!

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June 30, 20050 found this helpful

How about a place for Fireworks that night?

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June 30, 20060 found this helpful

There are many many things to do in SA!!! I usually like the free ones the best here are some great ideas:

July 1Re-dedication Ceremony for the Brackenridge Park Improvement Project, at the new Funston and Broadway entrance. Ceremony at 9 a.m., Families activities in the park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Casual Dress. Picnic lunch suggested. 207-3025.

July 1 - 4Freedom Fest. A celebration of Fourth of July at Market Square sponsored by the Market Square Association. 514 - 612 W. Commerce. Bands and food and beverage booths. 212-8421.

July 4Fourth of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati. 10 a.m.  11 p.m. starts with a parade around the park at 10 a.m. followed by a variety of entertainment, food booths, carnival rides and a spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m. Free admission. Co-sponsored by the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the City of San Antonio. No outside food or drinks. 212-8423


Schertz Fourth of July Jubilee

July 3-4

Pickrell Park; Aero Avenue & Oak Street

Schertz Chamber of Commerce

Anita Clark

P.O. Box 564; Schertz, TX 78154

(210) 566-9000; (830) 914-3786; Fax (830) 914-4143


Music: Big Band, Cowboy, Pop, Rock, Oldies, Karaoke

The Schertz Annual 4th of July Jubilee will feature Mick Hernandez and the "Silverados" from 8PM - Midnight on the 3rd of July and the main band on the 4th will be "Cactus Country" from 8 pm - Midnight. Plus there will be karaoke and other local dance groups and musical entertainment throughout the 2 day event. Besides the musical entertainment there is a large Carnival, Arts & Crafts area, Silent Auction, Fireworks and plenty of food. This is a very family orientated event in that there is no admission cost and that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

July 4

Sewell Park; University Drive

Summerfest Steering Committee

Pat Murdock

103 Blanco Street; San Marcos, TX 78666

(512) 245-3582; (512) 393-8404; Fax (512) 245-3817


Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Rock, Tejano

Activities: Music festival

Summerfest is an old-fashioned celebration that takes place at Sewell Park featuring fun for families with live music, food booths, and activities as well as fireworks in the evening.

Cactus Pear Music Festival

July 5-9 & 12-16

Travis Park United Methodist Church; 230 East Travis Street

Genevieve Kerr, Executive Director.

403 Stone Wood; San Antonio, TX 78216

(210) 838-2218


Music: Classical

Activities: Music festival

Cactus Pear Music Festival is a two-week annual classical chamber music festival based in San Antonio, Texas featuring selected soloist-caliber performers, including several musicians from the San Antonio Symphony and guest chamber musicians who are invited to San Antonio specifically for this event. The founder and Artistic Director is Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. In July 2006, thirteen concerts (including 9 free concerts) and one string master class will be presented in San Antonio. The primary San Antonio concert venue is Travis Park United Methodist Church. Five additional concerts will be presented in the neighboring Hill Country communities of Boerne, Kerrville, Fredericksburg and Georgetown. The festival also features a Young Artist Fellowship Program for several young musicians each season, selected by audition. For more information, please see website at

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June 14, 20070 found this helpful

I'm a native S.A. of 48 yrs. Visit the small town of Boerne for antique shopping, cute shops, and visit George Strait's favorite Mom & Pop Mexican restaurant, Maque's. On the River, be careful when you visit the River Center Mall at night. Many "gangs" hang out here. The River Walk is basically safe. Go to Cullum's Jazz Restaurant, great margarita's. The Palladium is the newest, coolest movie theater, with leather seats and a restaurant. Across the highway is a gorgeous outdoor mall, La Cantera. If you like the country, drive 1 hr. northwest to Fredericksburg, great German good and pretty country.

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

Pappasito's on I10 and Huebner is always great! If you are in the mood for great Mexican food on July 4th, you won't want to miss this restaurant. Fajitas, enchiladas, shrimp, great appetizers, delicious desserts..... My husband and I can't get enough of that place.

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May 26, 20080 found this helpful

Willie Nelson will be having Freedom Fest at the Verizon Amphitheater in Selma on 4th of July.

Also, Floores Country Store. This place has some history. See photos on the website- This is in Helotes off 1604 and Bandera (outside the loop)

If you do decide to go to Market Square, Mi Tierra is the Mexican restaurant to go to.

The RiverWalk is also nice- If you like Martinis go to Swig Bar on the River. Best Martinis ever. Half Price happy hour specials.

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June 6, 20080 found this helpful

Is there any fireworks done by the tower at hemisphere park for 4th of July?

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July 4, 20080 found this helpful

If you want fireworks you need to go to Woodlawn Lake, Sea World or Six Flags around nine pm and you can see them from the street if you don't want to pay and Woodlawn is free.

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September 14, 2011

Taken at the 2010 Fourth Of July Celebration at our local docks, accompanied by my little sister. These were some of my favorite fireworks on the night.

The golden explosion reminded me of Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia and therefore of Jesus. I know, odd.

By Chelle152 from Coquille, OR

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September 15, 20110 found this helpful

Wow, these are great photos, some of the best I've ever seen of fireworks!

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