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Fourth of July Events In and Around Abilene

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If you’re looking for some fun Fourth of July events in the Abilene area, we have the info you need with this list.


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Smileus, Thinkstock

Fireworks Show in Abilene

 
 

This year, the Wes Tex Connect fireworks show will be at Elmdale Airpark, which is just northeast of Abilene. General admission parking and tailgating will be available for $10 per vehicle. You can also get V.I.P. passes for $20 for adults, $10 for children. A V.I.P. package is also available that includes dinner for four at 6:30 and a parking pass priced at $75. There will also be live entertainment this year from Austin based ‘The Crush’. Check out the link below for a map of Elmdale Airpark.

 
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EvgeniyQ, Thinkstock

Festival By The Lake

 
 

Clyde Lake will host a two day Fourth of July event that will feature live bands, cook-offs, carnival rides and more Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th. The festivities start on Friday at 5pm and then Saturday starting at 10am. There will be a fireworks display on both nights. Fore more on this event, check out their Facebook page below.

 
Buffalo Gap Historic Village Facebook
Buffalo Gap Historic Village Facebook

'Frontier Fourth' at Buffalo Gap Historic Village

 
 

'Frontier Fourth' takes place on July 4th, from 9am to 1pm at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village. There will be a parade, family activities, games, crafts and more. For more information, you can check out their Facebook page with the link below or call 325-572-3974.

 
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Possum Kingdom Lake Facebook

Possum Kingdom Fireworks at Hell's Gate

 
 

Just a short drive from Abilene is Possum Kingdom Lake which will have a fireworks display and other fun activities at Hell's Gate on Saturday, July 4th. The activities get started at 6:30pm and goes until 11pm. View the firework show by boat on the water or enjoy watching the show from the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce - located at the end of Park Road 36. Admission is $5. Alcohol and pets are prohibited. For more information, including a map, check out Possum Kingdom Lake's website below.

 
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John Moore, Getty Images

Hillcrest Neighborhood July 4th Parade

 
 

This year marks the 19th Annual Hillcrest Neighborhood July 4th Parade, starting at 10am on July 4th.  The public is welcome to participate in the parade, no livestock or horses allowed, however, bring your bikes , strollers, antique cars, roller skates, wagons or just sit and enjoy the parade. Afterwards everyone is invited to the Hillcrest church gym for homemade ice cream and cookies. For more information check out the church's website by clicking the link below.

 
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Koichi Kamoshida, Getty Images

Boomfest Fireworks and Music at The Rocks

 
 

The Boomfest Fireworks and Music at The Rocks takes place the day before Independence Day on Friday, July 3rd from 6pm to 10:15pm north of Lake Hubbard. There will be live music, several vendors, and a professional fireworks show. People are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. The event is an alcohol free event, and security will be on hand. The event will be held at The North Park where CR 277 & CR 278 intersect, just north of the Hubbard Creek Dam. For more details, including driving directions, check out the link below.

 
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Brandon Bourdages, Thinkstock

'Who Burnt The Beans' Cook-Off in Novice

 
 

The 7th annual 'Who Burnt The Beans Cook-Off' happens in Novice at the football field on July 4th. In addition to the cook-off, there will be vendors, horseshoe toss, and much more. For more information, you can check out their Facebook page with the link below.

 
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BBQ Party at Your House

 
 

If you're not wanting to go anywhere at all, you can't go wrong with hanging out at the house and throwing down a big BBQ party. Throw on some steaks or burgers, get the beverages on ice and just hang with your family and friends. If you're wanting some patriotic-themed adult beverages to really get the fireworks going at your party,  I listed some drink recipes below. Just remember to be safe and drink responsibly.

 

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