Fredericksburg will celebrate our nation's independence with special events and activities from Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7, 2024. 

July 4th Events in Fredericksburg

  • Deck your kids out in their finest Fourth of July gear for the July Fourth Kiddie Parade at the Adelsverein Halle at Marktplatz. Decorate bicycles, pets, wagons and more for a chance to win special prizes. All children under age 12 are welcome to participate. 

Independence Day Celebrations

  • After the Kiddie Parade, grab a spot on Main Street and stick around for the July Fourth Community Parade which kicks off at 10 a.m. The parade lines up behind the Gillespie County Courthouse and proceeds east on Main Street to the intersection of Main and Washington Streets. It then u-turns and heads west to Bowie Street. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or park their vehicles along the route. 
  • After the parades, explore Main Street’s 150 unique shops and art galleries and cool off with a sweet treat, like delicious peach ice cream or an old-fashioned coke float at Clear River Ice Cream and Bakery on Main Street. Clear River boasts more than 30 ice cream flavors available each day-so pace yourself!
  • In the evening, celebrate with fireworks at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Multiple viewing areas are available inside the park and at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs for seating and food and drink. Show starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. 

Fredericksburg Events on July Fourth Weekend

  • Celebrate the Fourth of July at Luckenbach Texas. Live music, food, vendors, dance lessons and a Willie Nelson look-a-like contest are slated for Thursday, July 4 from Noon to 5 p.m. This is a family-friendly event and there is no charge to attend. 
  • Start your holiday weekend off with a trip to the Fredericksburg Farmer's Market on Thursday, July 4. Meet local farmers and growers as well as taste fresh Fredericksburg peaches and other produce and goods. The market is set for 4-7 p.m. at the Adelsverein Halle at Marktplatz.

Gillespie County is one of the largest peach producing counties in Texas.

  • Sit back and relax and listen to great live music. Music is scheduled throughout the weekend at various venues around town, from country to classic rock and piano to polka. 
  • Head to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7 for live pari-mutuel horse racing. Nibble on local eats and enjoy the shaded stands while watching thoroughbred horse racing during the summer 2024 horse racing season debut at “Gillespie Downs”- the Gillespie County Race Track. Parents can even grab a cold one and place a few bets for their favorites, while everyone is sure to admire the horses as they thunder down the track. The family-friendly Gillespie County Race Track opens at Noon and post times begin at 2 p.m. Insider Tip: Skip the line by purchasing tickets online.

Kick of the summer pari-mutuel horse racing season with a trip to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Fourth of July Weekend

  • Attend the Nightly Bat Emergence at Old Tunnel State Park every evening at dusk from May through October, up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from an abandoned railroad tunnel at Old Tunnel State Park. Thursday through Sunday, be one of the first 70 visitors and get to watch from the lower viewing area for $5 per person. The upper viewing area is limited to 250 visitors and is free.
  • And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Find a full line-up of events this Fourth of July.