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July 4th Celebrations, Rules In Austin

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 07:50 AM CDT
The sound of fireworks is one you'll be hearing all throughout Central Texas on Friday. But for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Austin skyline won't provide the backdrop for the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Independence Day display.

This year, Auditorium Shores is undergoing renovations, so Circuit of the Americas is stepping up to the plate. Gates open at 4 p.m., activities start at 6 p.m., and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. There are two free parking lots available on a first come, first serve basis.

This year, like others, the message from law enforcement: leave the fireworks to the professionals. Almost all of Central Texas is out of the burn ban, but still, setting off, buying, or even having fireworks inside Austin and many nearby cities can mean paying a steep fine, anywhere between $500 to a couple thousand dollars depending on where you get caught.

On Lake Austin, personal watercraft are banned until sunrise on Saturday, and officers will be patrolling the waters. However, you can still use kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. Also, before you head to any lakes or river across Texas, make sure you drain your boat of all water beforehand. If not you could get fined up to $500, thanks to a new law designed to stop the invasive zebra mussels.
July 4th Celebrations, Rules In Austin


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