Arts : 4th of July fireworks

Now deemed an official July 4 event in the Alamo City, the Woodlawn Lake Celebration invites families to enjoy a day of activities and fireworks at Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a patriotic children’s parade, in which participants will be judged for best and most patriotic costume, best bike, and best group. Live music will be featured throughout the day, along with carnival rides, face painting, educational activities, games, and food and beverage vendors. The free Tuesday celebration will be capped off when the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza lights up the lake at 10 p.m. No alcoholic beverages will be served or allowed in the park. Info: Parks Foundation, 212-8423.

Lackland Air Force Base, 7137 W. Military Dr., has still managed to put together its’ Star Spangled Festival despite this year’s 4th falling on a Tuesday. Food booths, arts, crafts, kiddie rides, and live music from 3-10 p.m. comprise a condensed version of the annual shindig. The Liberty Band closes out the evening along with a 25-minute fireworks show. Come in through the Gateway East Gate and be sure to have a valid photo I.D. Info: 671-3906.

UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 S. Bowie, opens its Back 40 living history area for the celebration of U.S. independence from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the 4th. Participate in old-time schoolyard games, create pinwheels and tricorner hats, enjoy a puppet show and brass-band music, and watch ice-cream-making demonstrations. A noon parade around the museum grounds features historical characters representing the Buffalo Soldiers, George Washington, and Stephen F. Austin. Event tickets are $3 per person (museum not included). Museum admission is $7 adults, $4 children, seniors, and military; children 2 and under free. Info: 458-2330.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas extends its park operating hours to 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4 for the Lights of Liberty Fireworks Spectacular. Beginning at 9 p.m. those nights, you can look up from virtually any outdoor location in the park and witness the pyrotechnic display. The traditional aerial salute lasts about 30 minutes and features patriotic musical accompaniment. Info: 697-5050.

Freedom Fest, held in Market Square downtown, offers free admission and two full days of happenin’s leading up to the Fourth of July. Three stages featuring Tejano, conjunto, and mariachi performers, as well as colorfully dressed folkloric dancers create a festive weekend mood on July 1 & 2. The celebration begins at Noon with music ending at 11 p.m. each night. Info: 227-9254.

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