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Published Wednesday, June 15, 2022 3:00pm

City celebrates America with a weekend of fireworks, live music, and more

When it comes to celebrating July 4 in New Braunfels, the best advice is to come early and stay late. The city has a full long weekend’s worth of fun in store.

New Braunfels will celebrate on July 4 with classic Independence Day traditions, including an old-fashioned parade in the morning and a dazzling fireworks display in the evening.

But the party starts well before that, with activities starting on Friday and continuing through Tuesday, making New Braunfels the perfect place to enjoy the long holiday weekend.


City celebrates July 4 with a day of classic holiday fun

Historic downtown New Braunfels will be decked out in red, white, and blue on Monday, July 4 for the 2022 Old Time 4th of July Parade, an old-fashioned celebration full of
small-town charm. The New Braunfels Community band will follow the parade with a performance on Main Plaza.

The procession starts at 9:15 a.m. at Castell Avenue and Bridge Street. Dress up in red, white, and blue, bring the family and your lawn chairs, and stake out a spot along the parade route for a morning of patriotic fun.

The celebration continues that evening when the city’s annual Fourth of July Spectacular lights up the night sky over Landa Lake, creating a thrilling display visible throughout Landa Park, the Landa Park Golf Course at Comal Springs and the Fredericksburg Baseball Fields. The show, which starts at approximately 9:15 p.m., will also be easily seen in other places throughout the city, including Fischer Park.

The party starts at Landa Park’s Dance Slab, where the J. Abram Band performs at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and an appetite to enjoy the food trucks at the event and keep an eye on the skies – the REMAX Skydiving Team will parachute into the park before the fireworks display.

Landa Park attractions including the Landa Park Aquatic Complex, the Mini-Golf Course, Paddle Boats, and the Miniature Train will be open throughout the July 4 weekend. 


A long weekend full of music and fun

You’ll find plenty of activities to enjoy both before and after July 4. Festivities start on Friday and continue through Tuesday, making New Braunfels the ultimate holiday weekend destination. Check out these must-do highlights:

  • The fun begins downtown with First Friday on the evening of July 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when local businesses welcome visitors with specials, new offerings, and prizes as they explore the city’s historic center. This monthly event is a chance to discover all that the vibrant city center has to offer, with one-of-a-kind places to shop, sip and dine.
  • On the banks of the Guadalupe River at Whitewater Amphitheater, ACM New Male Artist of the Year and Texas native Parker McCollum will play July 1, 2, and 3, performing hits like "Pretty Heart" and "Hell of a Year". Although the Friday and Saturday shows are sold out, tickets are still available for the Sunday show.
  • Gruene Hall kicks off a music-packed weekend with its Friday Afternoon Club from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., a weekly tradition now in its third decade. It’s the ultimate happy hour, with prize giveaways and the best in Texas music. The party is broadcast live by KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels. Later Friday evening, Kyle Nix of the Turnpike Troubadours takes the stage, followed by Mike & the Moonpies on Saturday night and Dale Watson & His Lone Stars on Sunday night. On Monday night, the Henri Herbert Band celebrates July 4 with an evening of boogie-woogie piano. Tuesday evening, the beloved rockabilly band Two Tons of Steel shakes up Gruene Hall (come early for swing dance lessons, starting at 6 p.m. before the show).


In addition to these special events, you’ll find plenty of other ways to enjoy the long holiday weekend #InNewBraunfels, from thrills at award-winning Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort to chilling on a float on the spring-fed Comal River or the Guadalupe River.