A Family Guide to the Fourth of July in San AntonioPosted by Sarah W on July 01, 2012
The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, which could lead to some confusion for the weekday celebration conundrum. There’s no need to hold back this 4th of July, though, San Antonio has a ton of fun planned to help you celebrate Independence Day!
Get the celebrations started early with the Grand Ole Days Fourth of July Celebration BBQ at the Commander’s House (645 S. Main) on Tuesday, July 3rd from 9 am – 2 pm. The whole family, parents, grandparents, and children are invited to participate in the festivities. Expect a day of music, games, crafts, and what would a 4th of July celebration be without apple pie? It’s $3 per adult, and $1.50 per child. RSVP by calling (210) 224 – 1684.
The city’s official Fourth of July Celebration starts at Woodlawn Lake Park from 10 am – 9 pm on Wednesday. With free admission and live music all day, you can count on family fun at the Kid’s Zone filled with carnival rides and games. And if you’re a military family, the celebration has a special Military Appreciation Zone (that includes lunch served from 12noon – 2pm with a valid military I.D. while supplies last). Get creative and dress up to show your patriotic spirit! Everyone is invited to join in the parade at 11 am, meeting at the Woodlawn Lake Gym, and if you impress the judges you may win best costume, most patriotic, best bike, or best group. You don’t have to stay all day, but you won’t want to miss the grand finale of the 4th of July celebration—Fireworks start at 9 pm.
Let the fireworks fly (and they will) at Stars and Stripes over San Antonio. Head to Hemisfair Park on Wednesday, July 4th and enjoy the atmosphere of the patriotic celebration. Bring your picnic gear or explore the food vendors, sit back and relax listening to live music, and claim your spot for the big fireworks show. There will be fun and games for children too, thanks to HEB’s special family-play area. The festivities start at 6 pm and run until 10 pm. And be sure you’re ready at 9:30 pm, because that’s when the big show begins.
Your family can also enjoy an old-fashioned 4th of July Celebration at Morgan’s Wonderland on Wednesday. From 11 am – 2 pm, Morgan’s Wonderland honors the men and women who serve in the military and their families with $8 admission to the park.
Or, you can head to my favorite spot…the Neiman Marcus parking lot in the Shops at La Cantera.
If you’re looking for more activities to fill the day, the San Antonio Children’s Museum is offering Independence Day Art! at 4 p.m. and a super cool soda explosion at the Chemistry Demonstration at 3 pm.
Want to head out of town? Here are some smaller day trip celebrations we found that sounded interesting.
So how does your family celebrate the 4th?