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Fourth of July celebration brings light back to city sky

Fourth of July celebration brings light back to city sky - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Spectators look on as fireworks light the sky above Woodlawn Lake during “The Official City of San Antonio Fourth of July Celebration” in 2019. Courtesy photo: City of San Antonio Parks Foundation

After canceling last year’s celebration because of the pandemic, San Antonio is lighting it back up, and the sky above Woodlawn Lake Park will be ablaze once again with its Independence Day festivities 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. July 4 at the park. 

In the 1990s, the park became the official site of the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration, said Mary Jane Verette, president and chief executive officer with The San Antonio Parks Foundation, which partnered with The City of San Antonio Parks Foundation on the event presented by H-E-B.

The Parks Foundation is happy and excited to be a part of the relaunch of events that build community spirit and pride in San Antonio,” Verette said. 

The celebration will be a free outdoor community event that includes family-friendly activities such as carnival games, a children’s coloring book area and recorded music. The event will also feature local vendors and food trucks such as &Gravy Southern foods and Drake’s Fun Foods. 

Opening ceremonies, which will include city council members and Mayor Ron Nirenberg, will begin at 5 p.m. The United States Band of the West will conduct an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. Those activities will be followed by the traditional fireworks finale over the water at 9:30 p.m.

Verette said these events help build community camaraderie and pride in the community. 

The organization chose the location because “Woodlawn Lake is a jewel and over 100 years old,” Verette said. 

“We feel like you improve the quality of life in our entire community by having these types of gatherings where we celebrate each other,” Verette said. “We encourage our community to always think of ourselves as one… by celebrating with each other and celebrating each other at events such as these community-sponsored events.”

The event that celebrates the birth of the nation typically attracts about 10,000 to 15,000 people each year, she said.

Parking is free but limited and street closures are likely. It is recommended that attendees plan transportation accordingly and prepare for hot weather conditions the day of the event. Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The address for the park is 1103 Cincinnati Ave.

For more information, visit or contact the main office at or 210-212-8423.

If you can’t make it to Woodlawn Lake, here’s a list of other fireworks displays taking place in the Alamo City and surrounding areas:

  • Boerne City Park’s Independence Day Fireworks July 4, located at 106 City Park Road. Fireworks display will begin 20-30 minutes after sundown.
  • The City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department will set off fireworks between 9:30 p.m. – 9:50p.m. July 4 at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park 432 Lady Bird Dr.
  • Helotes Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. July 3 at 11210 Leslie Road.
  • Leon Valley’s Fourth of July Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. July 4 Raymond Rimkus 6440 Evers Rd.
  • SeaWorld San Antonio’s Fireworks Show begins at 9:50 p.m. July 2 – July 4 following HydroPower Xtreme FX and is included with park admission. Located at 10500 SeaWorld Drive.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas is hosting its Coca-Cola July 4th Fest which includes fireworks July 2-July4 and is included with park admission. Located at 17000 W I-10.

About the Author

Marty Reyes
Marty Reyes
Marty Reyes is a business senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He is a U.S. Marine veteran and native of San Antonio. In 2019 he completed his Associate of Arts degree at Palo Alto College. He is self-employed and enjoys trading, buying and selling collectable cards. He is a father of five, and enjoys spending time with his family and playing video games. Marty plans to become a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency as a Mission Support Specialist.

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