Austin Symphony Orchestra returns to Auditorium Shores July 4

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Auditorium Shores will again be the hub of Fourth of July festivities. The Austin Symphony Orchestra announced its Annual Fourth of July Concert is returning to Auditorium Shores after a stint at the Circuit of the Americas.

The H-E-B Austin Symphony 39th Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks is planned, produced and performed entirely by the Austin Symphony, and this year’s celebration will once again be on the banks of Lady Bird Lake at Vic Mathias Shores, formerly Auditorium Shores, in front of the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

“With the generous support of AT&T and the continued support of long-time sponsor H-E-B, the Symphony is happy to announce that this year we will produce our biggest fireworks show to date,” said ASO Executive Director Anthony Corroa, who spoke about the return after a year away. “We’re very excited to move back home to the Long Center and Vic Mathias Shores and wanted to show our appreciation to our city, and its wonderful people, by giving them the biggest and best show possible.”

“For more than 110 years, H-E-B has contributed to worthy causes throughout Texas and Mexico, and we continue to support our community as strongly as ever,” said Senior Public Affairs Coordinator Lisa Maldonado. “Working with the Austin Symphony to help make July Fourth a success is a wonderful opportunity to make an impact in our community.”

“As a member of the Austin community for more than 130 years, AT&T is proud to sponsor an event that brings us all together,” said Jason Cardwell, director of sales in South Texas. “We’re passionate about connecting people to each other through community and technology.”

The ASO will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks around 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

How best to get to Vic Mathias Shores, formerly Auditorium 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 Road 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 using “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.


  • Use the Hike-and-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

  • A wealth of public downtown parking garages north of Lady Bird Lake can be found on the event’s website.
  • Convention Center Garages: $8, noon to midnight. Take the Cesar Chavez Promenade or the Hike-and-Bike Trail to the concert site.
  • Free parking: State Garages on Trinity between 13th and 17h streets near Waterloo Park — as well as state lots on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Trinity Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Brazos Street.
  • 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 Road.

Road closures

  • 10 a.m.: Riverside Drive from Lamar to S. 1st St.
  • 6 p.m.: Cesar Chavez between MoPac and Congress. North- and Southbound MoPac will be diverted to 5th St. and Enfield/5th St.

All street will be reopened no later than midnight.

Trail closures

  • Motorized vehicles will be prohibited on the trails.
  • The lower portion of the Hike-and-Bike Trail on the north side of Lady Bird Lake, between Seaholm intake structure and South First Street, 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 South First Street 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 four-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-and-Bike Trail
  • No glass or Styrofoam containers.
  • No alcohol allowed in the park.
  • No barbecue grills.
  • Help keep the park clean. Clean up after yourself. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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