(July 4, 2014) -- If you can’t figure out what to do on Independence Day July 4, here are a few of the big activities happening in San Antonio from downtown to Helotes. You’ll find fireworks, food, theme park rides, arts and crafts, a community band performance, river rides and a red-white-and-blue parade.
Here are some of the local activities:Six Flags Fiesta Texas July 4th Fest
River Walk Fourth of July Arts and Crafts Show
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 3-6, find unique handmade merchandise at the arts and crafts show. Whether its jewelry, pottery or fine art you like, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for. Enjoy a stroll along the River Walk and take home an item to enhance your home, wardrobe or garden.
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Stars and Stripes Over San Antonio
From 6 to 10 p.m. July 4, there will be live music, vendor food and drinks, and activities for the children downtown at the Alamodome. Admission is $2, free for active-duty military and those under age 12. A 20-minute fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. with on-air music from Q101.9 FM. Before the show, The Klocks will perform and a Clear Channel Media Zone will present disc jockeys spinning popular songs. Alamo Street will be closed between César E. Chávez Boulevard and Market Street to accommodate pedestrians. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Helotes Independence Day Celebration, July 5: Helotes Area Community Band
At the free local event beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 5, listen to patriotic music by the community band, which includes UTSA community members. There will be fireworks at dusk, along with free hot dogs, ice cream and apple pie while they last. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, and you can bring your own food and beverages, too. The event is at the Helotes Municipal Complex, 12951 Bandera Rd. For more information, visit the City of Helotes website or call 210-695-5911 or 210-275-7152.
SeaWorld San Antonio Fireworks
A big fireworks display will be at 9:45 p.m. July 4-6 at the park's Ski Lake. The fireworks display is included with park admission and includes live music before the show. Learn more at SeaWorld.com for schedules and show times. Admission is free for active duty military.
Rio San Antonio Cruises All-American Kid’s Zone
Children are sure to have a ball in the Rio San Antonio Cruises All-American Kid’s Zone, which will feature carnival rides and games. Kids ages 4 to 11 can enjoy free select rides from noon to 1:30 p.m. More than 20 vendors will offer food and beverages for sale throughout the day.
Salute to the Red, White and Blue Parade
Dress up in your finest patriotic costume and participate in the popular Salute to the Red, White and Blue Parade, which starts at 11:30 a.m. To participate, gather at 10 a.m. at the Woodlawn Lake Gym at the intersection of Cincinnati and Alexander. Participants will be judged for best costume, most patriotic, best bike and best group.Winners will be announced on the mainstage at the ceremony following the parade.
City of San Antonio Official July 4th Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park
There will be family activities, games, food and musical entertainment from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., plus fireworks. Remember to use the designated recycling stations throughout the park. Learn more at the San Antonio Parks Foundation website.
Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities Fiesta Noche del Rio July 4 performance
The special performance is at 8:30 p.m. July 4 at the Arneson River Theater on the River Walk. For tickets, call 210-226-4651 or visit FiestaNocheSA.com.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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