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Austin Symphony H-E-B  July 4th Concert & Fireworks
  • Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks

  • presented by U-verse with AT&T Gigapower
  • July 4, 2015 8:30 PM
  • where: Vic Mathias Shores directions
  • conductor: Peter Bay

Spend this Independence Day with 100,000 of your closest friends! Central Texans will hurry to claim their grassy spot with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this July 4th for one of the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. This year’s celebration will, once again, be back on the banks of Lady Bird Lake at Vic Mathias Shores (use to be Auditorium Shores) in front of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra is excited to move back to its home after a one year stint at COTA while the park was under construction. The spectacular H-E-B Austin Symphony 39th Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks presented by U-verse with AT&T Gigapower is planned, produced, and performed entirely by the Austin Symphony, with the help of our generous sponsors. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores this July 4th for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics. The orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Tell your family and friends to mark their calendars now. This is the one outdoor event this year you do not want to miss! So grab a picnic and a blanket, and join us at Vic Mathias Shores to declare your Independence!

How Best To Get To Vic Mathias Shores

  • For the best experience, park north of Lady Bird Lake in the downtown area to avoid the extensive congestion in and around Lamar, Barton Springs Rd. and Riverside (all areas south of the park). In addition, The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood will have neighborhood parking restrictions in place for safety.

Parking along Rights of Way and medians, blocking private drives and lots, and utilizing “Not Permitted” areas may subject you to fines, ticketing and/or towing at your own expense. In addition, parking on green spaces and parkland is prohibited.

Transportation

  • Use the Hike & Bike Trail to get to the park (don’t forget a flashlight).
  • Bike to the event. The park is wide open and you can ride your bike directly to the concert site!
  • Ride a CapMetro bus. Use a CapMetro trip planner to plan your trip.

Parking Options

  • Convention Center Garages – $8, noon to midnight. Take the Cesar Chavez Promenade or the Hike & Bike Trail to the concert site.
  • Free parking: State Garages on Trinity between 13th St. & 17th St. near Waterloo Park, State lots on corner of MLK & Trinity and MLK & Brazos.
  • One Texas Center – $10, noon to midnight.
  • Palmer Events Center Garage – $10, noon to midnight.
  • City Hall Garage – Paid Parking.

ADA Parking will be by permit at the Palmer Event Center Garage on a first come, first served basis. Entrance is from the south via Barton Springs Rd.

Road Closures

10 a.m. – Riverside Drive from Lamar to S. 1st St.

3 p.m. – Cesar Chavez between MoPac and Congress. North- and Southbound MoPac will be diverted to 5th St. and Enfield/5th St.

6 p.m. – S. 1st St. Bridge closes to vehicle traffic.

ALL STREETS WILL BE REOPENED NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT.

Trail Closures

  • Motorized vehicles will be prohibited on the trails.
  • The lower portion of the Hike & Bike Trail on the north side of Lady Bird Lake (between Seaholm intake Structure and S. 1st St.) will be closed at 10 a.m. The upper sidewalk will along Cesar Chavez will remain open.

Lake Closures

  • For safety reasons, Lady Bird Lake between the railroad trestle bridge and the S. 1st St. Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Reminders and Allowed/Prohibited Items

  • Please leave pets at home, as the fireworks during the performance is highly upsetting to our 4-legged friends.
  • Parking will not be allowed in Bouldin Creek neighborhood.
  • Remember, you are in an outdoor setting. Wear sensible shoes, clothes and hats for sun protection.
  • Pack water for hydration, bug spray and blankets.
  • Pack a flashlight if you are traveling the Hike & Bike Trail
  • No glass or Styrofoam containers.
  • No alcohol allowed in the park.
  • No barbeque grills.
  • Help keep the park clean. Clean up after yourself.

Media Parking

  • Media will park in the Vic Mathias Shores parking lot (NOT on the grass). Media parking is limited to ONE service or production vehicle per station. Personal vehicles must be parked offsite.

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Program
John Stafford Smith (arr. Damrosch) The Star-Spangled Banner
Alfred Newman How the West Was Won
Bruce Broughton Themes from "Silverado"
Ferde Frofé Sunset and Cloudburst from “Grand Canyon Suite”
Jacob Wohleb Luminescence
Jeff Tyzik Armed Forces Song Medley
Pytor Tchaikovsky Overture 1812, Op. 49
Philip Sousa The Stars and Stripes Forever
Philip Sousa Washington Post
Philip Sousa Fairest of the Fair
Philip Sousa Hands Across the Sea

Sponsors

  • AT&T
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • Austin Arts
  • Bank of America
  • Buckalew Media
  • COA Logo
  • ExxonMobil
  • H-E-B
  • KLRU
  • Majic
  • Silicon Labs
  • Texas Commission on the Arts