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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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By Holly (Guest Post)
June 29, 20050 found this helpful

Although I am not from SA, I can tell you that we love to go to the River Walk and eat Mexican food with a view.
We don't know the names of the restaurants. Our family just goes to the one closest to the point at which someone says they want lunch.
Haven't had a bad meal there yet.
A friend of mine said to check out the All Day Pass for the river taxis.
She said it seems like one pays per each ride from the posted prices, but it is possible to get an all day pass which isn't too expensive and very worthwhile.

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June 29, 20050 found this helpful

Downtown has tons of places to eat and drink, some better than others.
First off, I want to introduce you to some of the best Tex-Mex anywhere. A block from the Riverwalk and the Alamo, A. H. Burritos on Houston Street is a must stop. I'm probably the biggest fan puff tacos ever had, suffice it to say I think puff tacos are what tacos are meant to be. Puff tacos are shaped like those crisp, crackly things that break into a thousand pieces as soon as you take your first bite. But they're not. Puff tacos are softer, but they're not the soft, rolled up things you're supposed to eat for breakfast. No, puff tacos are the best of the best and A. H. Burritos has the best puff tacos in town. They come in beef or chicken, ala carte (3) $3.65 or as the #10 Taco Plate (2 plus rice and beans) $4.35. Trust me, for under four bucks you'll be looking for a hammock after this. You can always order them on the side with any of their other dishes.

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Wait, that's not all. The complementary homemade chips and salsa (hot) are the best in town. The Caldo de Res (soup $3.75), served in a bowl that must hold a quart, comes with an entire garden in it. But, go ahead and try anything that sounds good.

AHB is about a block from the corner of Houston and Alamo, behind FootLocker (used to be Woolworth's). It's a little "hole-n-the-wall" place that most people would just walk by and not even notice. Since it's off the main tourist drag, very few tourists find their way in.

A. H. Burritos Tex-Mex
(Mexican Food - Texas Style)
516 E. Houston
210-223-0608
6:30 am-3 pm M-S - 7-2 Sunday

The best burger on the Riverwalk is at the Republic of Texas. Good burger, comes with fries, it's cheaper than our other contender's and you can either sit inside (why?) or right on the riverwalk for great people watching. Republic of Texas is one of the best choices for lunch or dinner on the Riverwalk.

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Republic of Texas
526 Riverwalk
210-226-6256

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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.

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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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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)

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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.

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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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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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By Holly from sa with lots of kids (Guest Post)
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

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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
avon4004[at]SPAMAWAYhotmail.com
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
pm01[at]SPAMAWAYtxstate.edu
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
cactusexecutive[at]SPAMAWAYaol.com
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 www.cpmf.us.

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By CHRISTINA (Guest Post)
December 12, 20060 found this helpful

LA FONDA ON VANCE JACKSON.ROMANTIC AND GREAT MARGARITAS.WOULDN'T TAKE CHILDREN UNDER 12-13 THOUGH.OTHERWISE DAVE & BUSTERS AT IH 10 & 410. GAMEROOM IS HUGE!!

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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.

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