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Austin and San Antonio, Independence Day 2014 Celebrations, Events, and Festivals

American Flag for Central Texas Independence Day Events
Each year Superior Foundation Repair compiles a list of the top events and celebrations happening in the Central Texas region. There are multiple ways to browse the events listed in our post. Browse our map and click on a marker to find out more information about the event. Alternatively, below the map, you can sort the events by county, proximity to Austin or San Antonio, or several other options that refer to activities the events have planned for their celebration. This year we’ve found 30 celebrations which we would like to attend ourselves and we’re sharing them with you. We’d like to remind everyone to be responsible this July 4th and have a great time celebrating our nation’s birthday.

A Map of 30 Central Texas Celebrations this Friday July 4, 2014

Sort through Our List of 30 July 4th Events Near Austin and San Antonio

  1. July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration 2014 – Round Rock, TX

    Details: A full day of Independence Day activities is on tap for Round Rock, Texas’ 2014 celebration. Activities kick off at 8 a.m. and include a parade, kids activities, carnival rides, a stunt show, a cowboy singalong, square dancing, pig races, patriotic music, pepper eating contest, rubber duck race, free watermelons at 7 p.m., a skydiver, fireworks, and a showing of Despicable Me 2 in the park after the fireworks show.
    Site: July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration 2014

  2. Kerrville’s 4th on the River – Kerville, Texas

    Details: Rober Earl Keen is headlining Kerrville’s 4th on the River celebration this year. For other acts are lined up to play as well, and the gates open at 11 a.m. with the live music kicking off at 4 p.m. This event is FREE and will feature vendors, food booths and children’s activities in addition to the music. At 9:30 the spectacular fireworks show begins.
    Site: Kerrville’s 4th on the River

  3. SERTOMA’s 30th Annual 4th of July in San Gabriel Park – Georgetwon, Texas

    Details: Georgetown, Texas celebrates the Fourth of July with a parade, live entertainment, arts & crafts, food and drinks (non-alcoholic), kids games and activities, a petting zoo, give-aways and a fireworks show. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. and is expected to end around 10 p.m.
    Site: SERTOMA’s 30th Annual 4th of July in San Gabriel Park

  4. Pflugerville’s Pfirecracker Pfestival – Pflugerville, Texas

    Details: Pflugerville’s annual festival is a well organized, family friendly event featuring, kids activities, two stages with live music, food and drink vendors, fireworks and more. The city will be offering a free shuttle service with over 30 busses running continuously. If you prefer watching the show from the lake watercraft will be available for rental.
    Site: Pflugerville’s Pfirecracker Pfestival

  5. July 4th Freedom Celebrations – Comfort, Texas

    Details: Stoney LaRue will be playing at Comfort’s 2014 Independence Day Celebration. Support will be provided by the Tyler McCumber Band with a fireworks display that kicks off after the opening concert.
    Site: July 4th Freedom Celebrations

  6. Belton’s 4th of July Celebration and PRCA Rodeo – Belton, Texas

    Details: Belton’s annual PRCA Rodeo will be taking place from July 2nd-5th. In addition to traditional rodeo events and childrens activities, guests can look forward to carnival fun throughout the 4 days, a Kick Off Bar-B-Q on the 2nd, a western gift show on the 3rd, as well as a parade, festival, and fireworks show on the 4th.
    Site: Belton’s 4th of July Celebration and PRCA Rodeo

  7. Whitewater Amphitheater’s July 4th Weekend Concerts – New Braunfels, Texas

    Details: Whitewater Amphitheater has quickly become one of the premier concert venues in Central Texas. This year’s holiday weekend features 3 separate nights of country music from nationally known artists. Thursday Grammy Award winner Jennifer Nettles will be performing preceded by singer-songwriter Brandy Clark. On Independence Day Chase Rice will open for the Eli Young Band. Saturday’s lineup starts with Jonny Burke followed by Jerry Jeff Walker with the Turnpike Troubadors headlining the show. Tickets for each concert are available via the whitewater homepage listed below.
    Site: Whitewater Amphitheater’s July 4th Weekend Concerts

  8. San Antonio’s official July Fourth Celebration – San Antonio, Texas

    Details: Head over to Woodlawn Lake Park this July 4th for San Antonio’s annual celebration. This family oriented event features a 2k Firecracker Family Fun Run, live music, military appreciation zone, kids activities, food and drink vendors,
    Site: San Antonio’s official July Fourth Celebration

  9. Schertz Jubilee – Schertz, Texas

    Details: One of Central Texas largest July 4th festivals takes place in Schertz, Texas. The Schertz Jubilee has been an annual tradition in Central Texas since 1975. Featuring live music, a parade, a 5k fun run, a BBQ cook-off, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, fun activites for the whole family, a carnival and a fireworks show that is guaranteed to go down regardless of weather conditions.
    Site: Schertz Jubilee

  10. 38th Annual Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks – Austin, Texas

    Details: Austin’s annual patriotic concert and fireworks show, is being relocated this year due to ongoing renovations at Auditorium Shores. This year’s celebration will take place at the Circuit of the Americas. The celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. and is slated to feature interactive games and contests for the whole family. A patriotic concert performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra will precede an incredible fireworks extravaganza.
    Site: 38th Annual Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

  11. 4th of July Chili Cook Off at Becker Vineyards – 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, Texas 78671

    Details: Live Music, Chili Cook-Off, Wine Tasting
    Site: 4th of July Chili Cook Off at Becker Vineyards

  12. Llano Rock’n River Fest – 101 W. Grayson St., Llano, TX 78643

    Details: Parade, Fireworks, Kids Activities, Live Music, Barbecue
    Site: Llano Rock’n River Fest

  13. Wimberley’s July Jubilee – Wimberly, Texas

    Details: Parade, Fireworks, Arts & Crafts, Rodeo
    Site: Wimberley’s July Jubilee

  14. Seguin’s Freedom Fiesta – Seguin, Texas

    Details: Parade, Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Live Music
    Site: Seguin’s Freedom Fiesta

  15. Elgin’s 4th of July Festivities – Elgin, Texas

    Details: Parade, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Sidewalk Art Contest
    Site: Elgin’s 4th of July Festivities

  16. Fourth of July Family Fun Fest – 1919 N. 1st Street Temple, TX 76501

    Details: Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Live Music
    Site: Fourth of July Family Fun Fest

  17. SARR Freedom Day 4-Miler – 5223 David Edwards Drive San Antonio, TX 78233

    Details: Food and Drink Vendors, Fun Run
    Site: SARR Freedom Day 4-Miler

  18. Spicewood’s 4th of July Parade – Spicewood, Texas

    Details: Parade, Food and Drink Vendors
    Site: Spicewood’s 4th of July Parade

  19. July 4th Extravaganza – Lockhart, Texas

    Details: Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Arts & Crafts, Swimming, Fishing
    Site: July 4th Extravaganza

  20. Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival – 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. T-100 Bee Cave, TX 78738

    Details: Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Carnival, Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Barbecue
    Site: Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival

  21. SummerFest San Marcos – 206 North CM Allen Parkway San Marcos, TX 78666

    Details: Parade, Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Live Music
    Site: SummerFest San Marcos

  22. Cedar Park’s 4th of July Parade & Celebration – 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park, Texas 78613

    Details: Parade, Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Carnival, Live Music
    Site: Cedar Park’s 4th of July Parade & Celebration

  23. Taylor’s Annual Fourth of July Festival – Taylor, Texas

    Details: Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Arts & Crafts
    Site: Taylor’s Annual Fourth of July Festival

  24. 2014 Aqua Boom – Kingsland, TX 78639

    Details: Parade, Beauty Pageant, Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Patriotic Music, Chili Cook-Off, Barbecue, Swimming, Steak Cook-Off
    Site: 2014 Aqua Boom

  25. Fredricksburg’s 4th of July Events – Fredricksburg, Texas

    Details: Parade, Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Arts & Crafts, Patriotic Music, Chili Cook-Off, Wine Tasting, Kite Festival
    Site: Fredricksburg’s 4th of July Events

  26. New Braunfels’ July 4th Spectacular – Landa Park New Braunfels, TX 78130

    Details: Fireworks, Live Music
    Site: New Braunfels’ July 4th Spectacular

  27. Spangle Dangle 2014 – Johnson City, Texas

    Details: Parade, Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Arts & Crafts
    Site: Spangle Dangle 2014

  28. New Braunfels’ 4th of July Parade – New Braunfels, Texas 78130

    Details: Parade
    Site: New Braunfels’ 4th of July Parade

  29. Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration – Lago Vista, Texas

    Details: Parade, Beauty Pageant, Fireworks, Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Arts & Crafts
    Site: Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration

  30. 4th of July “Live Free & Fly” – Luckenbach, Texas

    Details: Food and Drink Vendors, Kids Activities, Live Music
    Site: 4th of July “Live Free & Fly”

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Courtesy of wikipedia.orgCentral Texas Memorial Day Festivals and Events

While searching for things to do this Memorial Day weekend, I realized there’s hardly any good content out there aggregating the events and festivals going on during Memorial Day. One of our nation’s biggest holidays, and no easy place to find out what’s going on around town? Well after a bit of research I was able to track down the 5 most interesting festivals going on around Central Texas, and I’ve listed them here.

  • Austin Wine & Music Festival

  • A self-proclaimed festival of the 5 senses. The Austin Wine & Music Festival features live music, local food, arts & crafts, and award winning wine. The festival will last for 3 days, from May 29-31. Tickets are available here at $29.99 for 1-day passes and $79.99 for 3-day passes, ages 16-21 are significantly discounted, and children 15 and under are free. According to the section on Music at their site there will be 5 bands each on Saturday and Sunday, and 3 bands on Monday.
  • San Antonio River Walk – Arts & Crafts Festival

  • There is not much information on this event. From May 29-31 there will be a variety of vendors set up on the River Extension near the Chamber of Commerce selling handmade Arts & Crafts. Visit the official website of the San Antonio River Walk for more information. This event is free to attend.
  • Luckenbach 160th Anniversary Celebration

  • Celebrate Luckenbach’s 160th Anniversary all weekend with live music in typical Luckenbach, country style. The big party will happen on Saturday May 29th, when Roger Creager, Reckless Kelly, and Weldon Henson take the stage for the celebration. There will be more festivities on Sunday and Monday, however from the website it is unclear who will be playing. Tickets for Saturday night are $22 on the Luckenbach, Texas website.
  • Fredricksburg Crawfish Festival

  • On Friday from 6 p.m. to Midnight and Saturday from 11 a.m. to Midnight, Fredricksburg will be hosting its annual Crawfish Festival at the Fredricksburg Marktplatz. Admission is $6 for adults per day or $10 for a two day pass. Children 12 and under are $1. The event features, music, arts & crafts, crawfish, cajun food, German sausage, and children’s activities.
  • Kerrville Folk Festival

  • The annual Kerrville Music Festival starts on Thursday May 27 and lasts through June 13th, however Friday, Saturday and Sunday provide a lot of quality entertainment for a reasonable price. Tickets to the Kerrvile Music Festival range from $35-$40 Friday-Monday. Highlights include: Randy Rogers (Friday), porterdavis & Jimmy Lafave (Saturday), and Terri Hendrix & Indigo Girls (Sunday).

Superior Foundation Repair salutes our veterans and wishes you a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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A list of 5 resolutions Central Texas Homeowners should take to heart to help protect their home investment and insure a healthy foundation:

  1. Know the signs of Foundation Problems

    There are many telltale signs of Foundation problems, which homeowners may not be aware of. Early signs of foundation problems may be chalked up to faulty construction, poor materials, or general wear and tear. But left unchecked may lead to major structural damage in the future. Read Superior Foundation Repair’s Top 10 signs of Foundation problems and check your home to see if it is starting to show any signs of these problems. Most foundation problems begin to manifest themselves within 3-4 years of construction, and when ignored can adversely affect the price of a house.

  2. Find out what type of soil your house is built on

    Austin is home to many expansive soil types. Expansive soils wreak havoc on home foundations, as they expand during wet periods, and contract during dry periods. All this expansion and contraction leads to major stress on home foundations, and over years can seriously damage a buildings structural integrity. Read Superior Foundation Repair’s blog post about expansive soils in Central Texas, and contact your builder or a certified geologist to determine what type of soil your house is sitting on. If you know you are in a potential danger zone, Superior Foundation Repair’s Steel Piers can counteract the effects of expansive soils on your home by anchoring your home’s foundation to bedrock.

  3. Learn how to avoid causing foundation problems

    Oftentimes Home Owners undertake remodeling or landscaping projects at home which adversely affect their foundations. Read Superior’s blog post about how home owners cause foundation problems, before making additions to a home or property. Well planned projects can save a lot of money and headaches for the future. Use certified contractors to complete any additions and do not opt for the cheapest option. Check the contractor’s standing with the BBB before agreeing upon any contract, and ask for a list of references.

  4. Maintain a healthy foundation

    As homeowners, there are steps that can be taken to ensure that minimal stress is put on a home’s foundation. Superior Foundation Repair’s Foundation maintenance tips are a good start for learning how to care for a home’s foundation. Follow these steps to counteract typical causes of foundation problems and to protect your home investment. Even if a home has previously had foundation repair (Spread Footer, Drilled Bell Concrete Pier, Simple Pressed Pilings, Concrete Pressed Pilings, etc.) these are not permanent fixes, and the home will most likely need foundation repair again in the future. Superior Foundation Repair’s Steel Pier House Leveling Process is the only solution for permanent foundation repair. By lifting a home’s foundation and anchoring it to bedrock, the home will have a secure foundation for a lifetime.

  5. Check your landscaping and remedy potential problems

    Check existing landscaping at home to avoid potential structural damage caused by poorly designed installation. Read Superior’s tips about Landscaping and Foundations to learn how to properly install landscaping additions to a home or remedy current problems a home may be experiencing. Inattention to Landscaping problems can seriously affect a home’s foundation, while proper care can help homeowners avoid headaches in the future.

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Happy New Year from Superior Foundation Repair

The Holidays are wrapping up and 2009 is coming to a close. New Years Eve is one of the most popular nights to get out and about in Austin. The easy choice is 6th street, but if you don’t want to fight the hundreds of thousands of people roaming the streets, here’s a list of 8 alternatives to 6th street for New Years Eve celebrations:

  1. First Night Austin 2010
    • An inter-generational, family friendly, alchohol-free celebration taking place at different location around Austin, download the complete Austin First Night program
    • Festivities start at 4 and include art, music, theater performances, workshops, and a parade among other things.
  2. First Night Austin New Year’s Eve Run
    • In conjunction with the First Night festivities, a 2 mile run starting at Auditorium Shores at 10 p.m. should get you in the mood for a fun and fit 2010
    • Registration
  3. The Eggmen at Jovita’s Mexican Restaurant
    • The Eggmen are an Austin Beatles cover band
    • They will be performing 2 shows at Jovita’s Mexican Restaurant on New Year’s Eve:
      • a family friendly show from 4:15-6:00 p.m. to commemorate the New Years in London. Price: $8 Adults/$5 Kids – available at the door
      • a New Year’s Eve bash featuring Ouch! (on at 8:15) & the Eggmen (on from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.) – Prizes, giveaways & food – price:  $25
    • Jovita’s Mexican Restaurant
      1619 South First St.
      Austin, TX 78704
      512-447-7825
  4. FINO Restaurant, Patio & Bar New Year’s Eve Dinner
    • A New Year’s Eve Dinner featuring Paella and New Year’s Eve Cocktails
    • Call for reservations, prices & more info
    • FINO
      2905 San Gabriel Street
      Austin, TX 78705
      (512) 474-2905
  5. Flying Saucer’s Annual New Year’s Eve Party
    • The Flying Saucer Draught House will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration with Free admission, a Free champagne toast, and party favors. Doors open at 11 a.m.
    • Inside the Triangle
      815 W. 47th St.
      Austin, TX 78751
  6. New Years Eve with Jimmy LaFave at Threadgill’s North
    • Join Texas music legend Jimmy LaFave at Threadgill’s North for a special New Years Eve concert and a delicious 4 course meal
    • Dinner from 7:30-9:30 p.m. download the menu (PDF)
    • Opening act:  Jess Klein
    • Main act:  Jimmy LaFave
    • Price: $75
      Music Starts at 9 p.m.
      call for reservations
    • Threadgill’s North
      6416 North Lamar
      Austin, Texas 78752
      (512) 451-5440
  7. Guy Forsyth and Sideshow Tragedy at the Saxon Pub
    • Legendary Austin Singer/Songwriter Guy Forsyth will be performing a special New Year’s Eve show at the Saxon Pub
    • Doors open at 8 p.m. & the show starts at 9
    • Tickets:  $20 (advance)/$25 at the door
    • The Saxon Pub
      1320 South Lamar
      Austin, Texas 78704
      512-448-2552
  8. New Years Eve Dinner at Lakeway Resort & Spa

Superior Foundation Repair would like to wish you and your family a prosperous 2010 and would like to thank all of our customers for helping make us one of the top foundation repair companies in Austin, Texas this year. We look forward to repairing foundations and leveling houses in the Austin and San Antonio area for many more years to come.

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas from Superior Foundation Repair (photo courtesy of Thomas Stromberg)Christmas time is upon us. A time for family, shopping, and lots of food. This year, Christmas day falls on a Friday, and, typical for Austin, there will be things to do on Friday the 25th. Whether it’s a theater production, live music, or a movie, there is something for everyone. Especially those that enjoy the long Christmas day, but are usually antsy to get out and about by the evening. Following is a list of 5 interesting things to do on Christmas day:

  1. Antone’s Christmas show:
    • Carolyn Wonderland with Shelley King & Blues Mafia
      • “Blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland is a singer/songwriter/pianist/ trumpeteer/guitarist from Texas. She began performing solo as a teen and then later with her band the Imperial Monkeys. While firmly entrenched in blues-rock, Wonderland and her group sport a diverse range of other influences, from country to zydeco to surf to Latin to boogie, and even jazz.” source:  Austin 360
    • Doors:  8 p.m. – Show:  9 p.m. – Tickets
  2. ‘Rockin Christmas Party’ @ZACH Theatre’s Kleberg Stage
    • “Austin’s rock-n-soul holiday spectacle, Rockin’ Christmas Party, celebrates a sweet sixteen years reigning as one of our town’s longest-running traditions!” (description from website)
    • Showtime:  8 p.m. – Tickets
  3. ‘The Santaland Diaries’ @ZACH Theatre’s Whisenhunt Stage
    • A comedy which tells the story of an actual Macy’s elf, Crumpet, and the difficulties of dealing with the demands of Christmas.
    • Showtime:  8 p.m. – Tickets
  4. Sherlock Holmes‘ – Opening day
  5. It’s Complicated‘ – Opening Day
    • With:  Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin
    • Theaters showing ‘It’s Complicated’

Superior Foundation Repair wishes you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holiday Season. Sign up for our RSS Feed and visit our blog again on December 28th for our recommendations for New Year’s Eve!

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image courtesy of BigGreyMare @ flickrHands of Hope provide dinners for 800 Austin Families

On Saturday November 21, at the El Buen Samaritan Episcopal Mission 150 volunteers gathered to spread some holiday cheer to 800 families in need around the Austin area. The goodies handed out included Turkeys and ingredients for side dishes. Due to the economic downturn the number of families Hands of Hope were able to help was down from 1000 to 800 this year, while the number of requests from people in need increased by about 55% according to News 8 Austin.

Story from the Austin-American Statesman

Interfaith celebration of Thanksgiving

On Sunday, November 22nd, followers of more than a dozen faiths gathered at the 1st Baptist Church of Austin to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Gatherers from both Christian and non-Christian faiths gathered together to give thanks in a multi-cultural, interreligious showing of solidarity. This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary of the interfaith celebration.

5 Interesting events on Thanksgiving day

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

Austin Volunteer Orchestra live at Ruta Maya

Alamo Drafthouse

  1. South Lamar
  2. Village

The Scabs @Antones

  • Any time the Scabs play, it is a must see event
  • Support Uncle Lucuis
  • Antone’s

Surly Joe & The Spice of Life Variety Hour @lazonarosa

  • Tickets available at the door on the night of the show only
  • La Zona Rosa

Superior Foundation Repair wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, and hopes you have a wonderful holiday.

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