It’s back to business as usual this year with the firework ban lifted for 4th of July celebrations both private and public. Perhaps the most public — and classic — of all is the Austin Symphony concert at Auditorium Shores, timed perfectly with the city’s picture-perfect fireworks display over Town Lake. Sponsored by H-E-B, the event begins with the symphony performance at 8:30 (including patriotic favorites like the 1812 overture, of course) and fireworks at 9:30. Although alcohol isn’t permitted in the park, picnic fixings certainly are, so pick up some H-E-B chicken, potato salad (and popsicles — it’s hot out!) and make a classic Independence Day snackfest out of it. Because nothing says America like fried food, mayonnaise, and frozen sugar. All hail the red, white and blue!
Auditorium Shores on Town Lake
Wednesday, July 4 from 8:30 to 10 pm
Details at the symphony’s official website