Fredericksburg will celebrate our nation's independence with special events and activities from Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4, 2021. Since the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday in 2021, there will be a few modifications to events planned.

July 4th Events in Fredericksburg

  •  A special Patriotic Program at Marktplatz will  start off the weekend. The national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance and other patriotic remarks will be made. Event starts at 11:30 a.m. 
     
  • Immediately following, will  be the 41st July Fourth Kiddie Parade. Deck your kids out in their finest Fourth of July gear. Decorate bicycles, pets, wagons and more for a chance to win special prizes.  

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 1 p.m. This year, 2021, marks the 30th year of the parade. 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 vehicle 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!
     
  • Wrap up July 4th with the annual July Fourth fireworks show at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park around 9:30 p.m. Spread out your blankets on the grass, enjoy your snacks and drinks and watch the starry Texas Hill Country sky burst with color.

Fredericksburg Events on July Fourth Weekend

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

  • ​Explore the fine art galleries in Fredericksburg as they celebrate First Friday Art Walk. Participating galleries will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 2. Galleries often include demonstrations, receptions and new shows. Just look for the galleries with the First Friday Art Walk flag!
     
  • The National Museum of the Pacific War will host Music at the Museum on Saturday, July 2 from 4-7 p.m. in the Memorial Courtyard. Free to the public and open to all ages, the event will feature games and other activities, in addition to live music from the Dirty River Jazz Band of San Antonio. Food and drink will be available by donation with a wine tasting at 5 p.m. from Signor Vineyards
     
  • Head to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4 for live pari-mutuel horse racing. Nibble on local eats and enjoy the shaded stands while watching thoroughbred horse racing during the summer 2021 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 11:00 a.m. and post times begin at 1:00 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

  • ​Learn about the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County with living history reenactors at Fort Martin Scott throughout the weekend or with a tour of the old Gillespie County jail on Saturday, July 3. 
     
  • 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.  Upper viewing area is limited to 250 visitors and is free.
     
  • Sit and relax under the large oak trees at Pecan Grove Store and enjoy the Summer Music Festival on Saturday, July 3. Music is played all day. Admission is $25  in advance and $35 at the gate. 
     
  • Grab a friend and explore your creative side at the Art and Vino Painting Class on Saturday, July 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
     
  • Drink Texas Wine during the Reds, Whites & Blues Celebration at Lost Draw Cellars on Sunday, July 4. This annual Independence Day Celebration will feature new wine releases and blues music as well as hot dogs starting at 11:00 a.m. and the Piccolina Shaved Ice Truck. 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Find a full line-up of events this Fourth of July.