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Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in Austin With Food and Drink

From fireworks viewing parties to hot dog-eating contests to special deals on pie

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A white cream, red berries, and blueberries-topped pie that looks like the American flag.
A Fourth of July pie from Tiny Pies.
Tiny Pies

Fourth of July weekend begins this week, which means it’s time to start thinking about outdoor parties, grilling, ice-cold drinks, and the like. The summer holiday and the big fireworks show and concert along Vic Mathias Shores mean there are a lot of food and drink events around the city.

Here is Eater’s guide to the food and dessert specials, parties, eating contests, and more, all happening in Austin during the long holiday weekend.

Preorder Specials

Through Wednesday, June 29

  • San Antonio import Bakery Lorraine is offering two Fourth of July pies for preorders this holiday. There’s an apple pie made with five types of the fruit, and then the buttermilk pie with berries. Advanced orders for the $28 pies can be placed through Wednesday, June 29 for pickups on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 to 3. (11600 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 100, Domain Northside)

Through Thursday, June 30

  • Abby Jane Bakeshop is offering two fruity icebox pies for July 4th, a blueberry and a tart cherry, each for $35. Preorders can be placed through Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m. with pickups on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs)

Through Monday, July 4

  • Barbecue restaurant Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is offering a 4th of July-themed Texas Trinity family meal package for the holiday, full of brisket, pork ribs, sausage, and sides. There are two sizes, one with four-to-six servings, and the other with eight-to-10 servings. Orders are placed in person. (6610 North Lamar Boulevard, Brentwood; 800 West Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park)
  • Asian smokehouse Loro is offering a takeout meal package for the Fourth. The $55 order comes with a rack of ribs, choose-your-own sides ranging from snap peas to crispy potatoes, coconut rice, and cookies. Orders can be placed now for pickups on Monday, July 4 starting at noon. (2115 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar)
  • Butcher shop and restaurant Salt & Time is offering three cook-it-yourself patty specials for at-home grilling needs for the holiday. There’s the beef-cheese-bacon, the Mediterranean lamb, and the chicken-zucchini-mushroom. The specials are only available for in-person ordering. (1912 East 7th Street, Blackshear-Prospect Hill)
  • Bakery mini-chain Tiny Pies’s holiday menu includes larger American flag pies, one with cherries and blueberries and the other a cream pie with various berries, star-shaped hand pies, pie hot dogs, and more. Everything is available for online preorders for pickups Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. (multiple locations)
  • Baked goods delivery service and brand-new food truck Cookie Rich crafted color-themed Fourth of July sandwich cookies available by the dozen. Orders can be placed online for pickups on Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4. (2201 North Lamar Boulevard, West Campus)

Events

Friday, July 1

  • Casual restaurant Better Half and sibling brewery Hold Out Brewing are hosting Honky Tonk Amnesia again, which will play records from Willie Nelson’s 1976 Fourth of July Picnic show while offering food and drink specials probably from 6 to 9 p.m. Expect corn dogs, hot dogs, all manners of oysters, and much more. (406 Walsh Street, West Austin)

Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday, July 3

  • Hill Country brewery Vista Brewing is hosting a long holiday weekend shindig with July 4th-themed beers, live music, and food. It runs from 4 to 9 p.m. each day except Sunday, July 3’s event ends at 7 p.m. (13551 Ranch to Market Road 150, Driftwood)

Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4

  • Hotel Van Zandt restaurant and bar Geraldine’s is hosting a live blues concert series during the long holiday weekend. during the holiday weekend. Hotel guests and restaurant diners can hang out on the pool deck to watch the fireworks on the 4th, plus the general public interested in joining can buy special $50 passes. (605 Davis Street, Downtown)

Sunday, July 3

  • Seafood restaurant Garbo’s is hosting a lobster boil dinner ahead of the Fourth of July. The three-course meal includes a whole Maine lobster and miniature key lime pies, plus optional oysters and caviar. There are two seatings for the $120 meal, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (12709 North Mopac Expressway, Parmer Point)
  • Fancy hotel restaurant Lutie’s is teaming up with new school barbecue truck LeRoy & Lewis for a whole Independence Day party. There will be smoked meats, sides, desserts, cocktails, and games, plus a DJ set. Tickets are $100 for adults and $45 for children 12 years old and younger; it runs from 6 to 11 p.m., with food ending at 9 p.m. (4100 Red River Street, Hancock)
  • The Carpenter Hotel is hosting an alfresco barbecue party with on-site restaurant Carpenters Hall. Food-wise, there are barbecue plates with hot dogs, chicken wings, fruit, roasted vegetables, and slaw, plus thee will be live music. Tickets are $55 and it runs from 1 to 6 p.m. (400 Josephine Street, Zilker)
  • South Austin bar Bouldin Acres and barbecue truck CM Smokehouse are throwing a joint party with barbecue, beers, drink specials, free Amy’s Ice Cream for the first 100 guests starting at 1 p.m., games, cowboy pools, and DJ sets. It begins at 12 p.m. (2027 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)

Monday, July 4

  • New American restaurant Launderette is hosting a seafood boil again for July 4th. The $85 boil includes lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, sausages, corn, and potatoes, plus family-style sides, and desserts. Reservations are required. It runs from noon to 6 p.m. (2115 Holly Street, Holly)
  • Four Seasons hotel restaurant Ciclo is hosting a dinner buffet with access to a really good fireworks vantage point. The $125 meal runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include salads, shrimp and crab claws, carving stations, sides, lots of desserts, and themed cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. (98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown)
  • Sports bar and restaurant Black Sheep Lodge is running its annual hot dog-eating contest again, along with hot dogs for all and drink specials. People who would like to enter should email events@blacksheeplodge.com, and there’s a $20 entry fee. (2108 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)
  • Black Sheep’s sibling bar Haymaker is also bringing back its annual pickled egg-eating contest for the Fourth. $20 entry fees and a portion of the day’s sales will go towards Helping Hand Home for Children. The contest begins at 4 p.m.; those who would like to compete should email events@haymakeraustin.com. (2310 Manor Road, Cherrywood)
  • Rosen’s Bagel Co.’s downtown park location is throwing a cookout with Salt & Time for the holiday. On deck will be sausages and hot dogs, bagel dogs, soft serve ice cream cones, and beers starting at 4 p.m. Ten percent of all proceeds will go towards Planned Parenthood. (422 West Fifth Street, Downtown)
  • Nickel City is hosting its coney dog-eating contest again this year. Signups take place in person starting at 2 p.m. with the actual showdown at 4 p.m. (1133 East 11th Street, Central East Austin)
  • Seafood restaurant TLC is offering July 4th-themed margaritas: red-white-blue popsicles dunked into the frozen concoction. (1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)
  • The Hill Country Galleria is throwing a whole big celebration for the Fourth, complete with music, a market, rides, fireworks, as well as food and drink. Vista Brewing will serve up beers. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m. (12700 Hill Country Boulevard, Bee Cave)
  • The Otis Hotel is throwing a rooftop fireworks-viewing party at its bar Octopia, along with drinks, appetizers, and a DJ. General admission tickets are $15 and it’s only for people 21 years old and older. It runs from 5 to 11 p.m. (1901 San Antonio Street, West Campus)

Missing a big Fourth of July party above? Let Eater know through the tipline or email at austin@eater.com.

Update, Friday, July 1, 10:51 a.m.: This guide, originally published on June 28, has been updated to include additional specials and parties.

TLC

1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704

Tiny Pies

5035 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 916-0184 Visit Website

Lutie’s Garden Restaurant

4100 Red River Street, , TX 78751 (512) 675-2517 Visit Website

Garbo's

12709 North Mopac Expressway, , TX 78727 (512) 350-9814 Visit Website

Salt & Time

1912 East 7th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 524-1383 Visit Website

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78757 Visit Website

Ciclo

98 San Jacinto Boulevard, , TX 78701 (512) 685-8300 Visit Website

Black Sheep Lodge

2108 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 707-2744 Visit Website

Hold Out Brewing

1208 West 4th Street, , TX 78703 (512) 305-3540 Visit Website

Abby Jane Bakeshop

16604 Fitzhugh Road, , TX 78620 (512) 383-5923 Visit Website

Launderette

2115 Holly Street, , TX 78702 (512) 382-1599 Visit Website

Bouldin Acres

2027 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 536-0132 Visit Website

Tiny Pies

2032 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 460-9697 Visit Website

Better Half

406 Walsh Street, Austin, Texas 78703 Visit Website

Haymaker

4706 California Avenue Southwest, , WA 98116 (206) 946-6994 Visit Website

Bakery Lorraine [Austin]

11600 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78758 Visit Website

The Carpenter Hotel

400 Josephine Street, , TX 78704 (512) 682-5300 Visit Website

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

605 Davis Street, , TX 78701 (512) 542-5300 Visit Website

Rosen's Bagel Co. [Downtown]

422 West Fifth Street, Austin, TX 78701 Visit Website

Geraldine's

605 Davis Street, , TX 78701 (512) 476-4755 Visit Website

Cookie Rich

1801 North Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78701 (512) 359-5465 Visit Website

Loro

1812 North Haskell Avenue, , TX 75204 (214) 833-4983 Visit Website

Vista Brewing

13551 Farm to Market Road 150 West, , TX 78619 (512) 766-1842 Visit Website

Nickel City

1133 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

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