(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.
Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus
A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus
Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus
The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus
Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus
The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus
Kristen Rosen is developing technology to help breast cancer patients’ quality of life
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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