The Fourth of July is truly a special holiday. Besides being an opportunity to wear patriotic Old Navy t-shirts and grill a good old fashioned bratwurst, Independence Day is a holiday rooted in a heritage and history of freedom. This week is a sparkling reminder that liberty is worth fighting for...an idea that also harkens back to Boerne’s “free thinking” German founders in 1849.
Fusing history and (admittedly very enjoyable) traditions, the Fourth of July is a holiday worth celebrating to the fullest this weekend. This year (exactly 270 years after the original Independence Day), we will gather together as a community to watch gorgeous fireworks, play outside until our knees are grass-stained, and wear just about every combination of red, white, and blue under the sun.
Below are four ways Boerne-ites are putting their own spin on the classic Fourth of July festivities this weekend!
1. Celebrate with the Josh Abbott Band
In perhaps the most quintessentially Texan way, The Roundup Beer Garden will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a full-out Independence Day concert and party! Besides the country sounds of the Josh Abbott Band (along with opening acts Flatland Cavalry and the Smoke Wagon Band), this family event will feature the full armada of food trucks, a large playground with 70? Pillow Bounce, multiple booth vendors, river tubing, and (of course) a full fireworks show.
Both general admission and VIP tickets are available here. VIP Access includes admission to the main tap room, full cocktail service, private air-conditioned restrooms, goodie bag gift, and more! Also, if you’d like to have a private meet & greet with the Josh Abbott Band, you can email Contact@TheRoundupTX.com for more details.
When: Sunday, 5:00pm
Where: The Roundup Beer Garden and Food Park, 531 FM 3351 N
2. Keep it Classic with the City of Boerne Fireworks Show
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Boerne, Texas was founded on principles of freedom and independence. In 1849, eight German settlers set up camp just north of the Cibolo Creek. Idealistic, educated, and strong-willed, they referred to themselves as “Freethinkers”, finding great value in philosophy, literature, art, and history. Accordingly, “independence” is a great value in this small town...and the The City of Boerne’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show certainly shows that off. This classic annual fireworks display begins just after dark. Though they will be visible from your front lawn, the best view can be found in Boerne City Park. Tote along a few chairs, friends, and snacks and watch the celebratory explosives!
When: Saturday, 8:00 pm
Where: Boerne City Park
3. Enjoy the Independence Day Extravaganza at Random
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Looking for an all-day family-friendly Independence Day celebration? Skip the stressful grocery shopping and housecleaning and let Random Beer Garden do the party planning for you! Throughout the day, this event will feature food trucks, kid’s activities, a mega bounce house, games, and live music starting at 7:30! With delicious food trucks like Big City Streat Bistro, Cousins Maine Lobster, Slider Provider, and Z's Wood Fired Pizza (among others), as well as wine, sangria, mimosas, champagne, and over 90 craft beers on tap, Random is the place to celebrate all things America! At 9:15, a “kickn’ fireworks show” will end the night with a serious bang.
When: Saturday, Noon until Fireworks
Where: Random Beer Garden, 11 Upper Cibolo Creek Road
4. Create your Own Fireworks Display
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What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by exercising your right to safely operate explosives! Boerne is in close proximity to two nearby Fireworks outlets. Head to AAH Fireworks Stand: I-10 West Location (about 7 miles south of Boerne via I-10) or Mr. W Fireworks: I-10 Superstore (approximately 9 miles south of Boerne via I-10) for all your fireworks needs. Below, we've listed some recommended safety tips...and remember: fireworks can only be used outside of city limits. If you want to keep the party close to home, pick up a few packets of sparklers and watch the city show!
- Be sure to only purchase fireworks from licensed retailers
- Follow the directions carefully
- Never experiment with homemade or altered fireworks
- Avoid dry grass and surrounding buildings
- Always obtain permission from the property owner
- Keep a bucket of water, wet towels and a garden hose nearby
- Only light one firework at a time, and never towards people or animals
- Don’t shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers
- Never transport fireworks in your pocket
Bonus: Grab a front-row seat for the big city fireworks
The more ambitious firework-hunters among us might head down south on Boerne Stage Road toward The Rim/La Cantera area. Pack up a few cupcakes and blankets (or put that truck bed to good use) and grab a front-row seat for the Fiesta Texas fireworks extravaganza! Six Flags’ dazzling display of fireworks, entitled the "Lights of Liberty", is scheduled to begin at 9:15 pm.
...and last of all, Happy Fourth of July from Keller Williams Boerne! May you be as carefree and delighted as this baby seeing fireworks for the first time: