Fireworks shows by nature are captivating. They’re big, loud, and bright -- a concept that hasn’t changed in nine thousand years, nor does it need to. Those lighted pops and crackles are so inviting that Americans are more likely to attend a fireworks show (103 million) than visit a store on the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday (75 million), according to the National Retail Federation. And it doesn’t appear that America’s ancient love affair with the low explosives is going to dissipate any time soon.
In fact, consumers enjoy the pyrotechnics so much that the display fireworks revenue reached an all-time high of $340 million in 2015, and has steadily grown for the last 17 years, according to a report by fireworks industry big dog American Pyrotechnics Association. Combined, display and consumer fireworks generated $1.095 billion in revenue last year.
To keep eyes in the skies, cities across the country put on the biggest displays of American patriotism every Independence Day. However, that does not mean all fireworks displays are equal. If you’re searching for a unique combination of booms, claps, and sparkle to mark your July 4th celebrations in Texas then look no further than the list below.
Here are 5 of the best fireworks shows deep in the heart of Texas.
Addison Kaboom Town! in Addison, Texas
This little town is located just 15 miles north of downtown Dallas, Texas. We selected this quaint little locale in lieu of a downtown Dallas display because Addison doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July. The American Pyrotechnics Association, USA Today, Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal all agree it’s one of the top locales in the country to catch a spectacular fireworks show, and we couldn’t agree more. Kaboom Town takes place at Addison Circle Park, where park-goers can grab a hamburger, cotton candy, ice cream, and soft drinks at one of the many concession stands at the park. (Or, just bring your own picnic basket!) Then, more than 500,000 spectators can grab some sod to enjoy the show, which has a soundtrack coordinated to local radio station 100.3 JACK-FM. The park opens at 4:00 p.m., and the evening kicks off with a series of military band performances and an air show. The fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m.
Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks in Austin, Texas
The funky capital city adds some sophistication to its annual free fireworks show by enlisting the help of Austin Symphony Orchestra. Roughly 100,000 visit Vic Mathias Shores to enjoy the fireworks display over the Colorado River with the city skyline as the backdrop. The Austin Symphony Orchestra sets the mood a full hour early, at 8:30 p.m., and then plays patriotic tunes for the mile-high fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
Freedom Over Texas in Houston, Texas
The sprawling metropolitan is known for its innovation in the aeronautics, energy, healthcare, and transportation industries, but it also turns a few heads with its larger-than-life July 4th festival, Freedom Over Texas. For a small fee, you can join in on the day’s festivities, which will feature a beer garden where people can lounge on sandy beaches, meet-and-greet with Houston’s sports teams, aerial demonstrations, military helicopters, jeeps, and tanks on display for the kids, as well as a Giant scrabble set, bowling, and more. And only as Texas’ biggest city can do, the July 4th fireworks show will kick things up a notch with live music performances. Headlining the festival is country star and GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker. Joining him on stage is Eli Young Band, Floridian country singer Brooke Eden, and local “rock-and-soul” group, The Suffers. Freedom Over Texas will be held at Eleanor Tinsley Park on buffalo Bayou near Allen Parkway, and will run from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m., with the fireworks starting at 9:35 p.m.
San Antonio’s Official 4th of July Celebration in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio’s Woodlawn Lake Park is another location for a family-friendly Fourth of July bash. Stop by early for a day of games, food, and music. The event runs from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., and will feature a Zumbathon, 1K and 5K races, a children’s parade, and carnival before closing with its annual fireworks extravaganza. Fireworks start promptly at 9:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by the tunes of U.S. Air Force Band of the West. For a special viewing area, military members can relax at the Military Appreciation Zone.
Big Bang Celebration in Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi calls its weekend of fun Red, White, and Bay, since it’s set against the glitzy backdrop of the Corpus Christi Bay. And since the Bay is a well-known destination for fun in the sun, they stretch things out for the entire weekend. In its 39th year, the Big Bang Celebration kicks things off with family-friendly movie screening of "Hotel Transylvania," live bands throughout the weekend, baseball games with the Corpus Christi Hooks, art walks, and $1 museum admission tours. Then it culminates on the 4th starting at 7:00 a.m. with the Corpus Christi Roadrunners run, the Mayor’s Big Bang Parade at 11:30 a.m., a food truck court, and more. Oh, and if you miss out on the fun earlier in the week, that’s OK -- there’s even more live music and another Hooks baseball game on the big day. Finally, there’s a Harbor Bridge Light Show at 9:00 p.m., and the Mayor’s Big Bang Fireworks Display at 9:30 p.m. Follow all the fun with #BigBangCC on social media.