Enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks, Parades in the Canyon Lake Area
Enjoy a slice of Americana and a Canyon Lake tradition starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3 at the 30th Annual 4th of July Parade in Startzville (south side of Canyon Lake), sponsored by Startz Memorial VFW Post 8800, 7755 FM 2673.
Other area events celebrating the July 4, 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress include fireworks in Turkey Cove on Saturday, July 3; and a boat parade on Canyon Lake Sunday, July 4.
The biggest fireworks display takes place at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, July 4 at the City of New Braunfels Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in Landa Park, 164 Landa Park Dr. Click here for more information about this event, which features twice the pyrotechnic firepower from all previous fireworks displays in honor of the 175th anniversary of the city’s founding.
Prime viewing areas include the main areas of the park, Fredericksburg Baseball Fields, the Landa Park Golf Course (greens and putting areas are off-limits) and Fischer Park. A free “Live at Landa” concert at the Landa Park Dance Slab starts at 7 p.m. The RE/MAX skydiving team parachutes into the park at 8 p.m.
New Braunfels Founders 175th Parade and the Kindermasken Parade (begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge) lasts from 9 a.m. to noon in conjunction with Sophienburg’s Fourth of July Parade. For more information, click here.
Startzville VFW Parade
The popular parade begins at 10 a.m., an hour earlier than in the past. FM 2673 in Startzville will close for the duration.
Operations Lt. Mike Smith with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said the parade begins on the west end of Startzville, just west of Red’s Chicken and Wings, 8695 FM 2673, and ends on Old Sattler Road near the Tiger Stop Convenience Store, 2106 Old Sattler Rd.
All traffic will be stopped from approximately 9:50 a.m. until the parade ends. Road closures begin at Old Sattler Road near the Tiger Stop and end at the Tom Creek Bridge. All roadways in between that intersect will be baricaded and staffed with CCSO deputies and Comal County constable staff.
The parade typically lasts for an hour, he said.
At least 50 individuals and groups have signed up to ride in the procession, including an area Jeep club.
Canyon Lake resident Tripp Marsalis is this year’s announcer.
VFW Post 8800 invites members of the public to stop by its canteen to buy a cold beverage and a raffle ticket to help offset expenses associated with the parade. First-place prize is $300, second-place is $200 and the third-place winner will take home $100.
The parade was canceled in 2020 due to concerns about the COVID-10 pandemic.
Turkey Cove Fireworks Display
Not open to general public although fireworks can be viewed around the lake.
Event requires a pass to access private property for the Roberts 10th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Show starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, but the fireworks, which will be lit at at Boat Ramp #2, Canyon Lake Village West, 2410 Colleen Dr., can be viewed around Canyon Lake.
Anchor and tie off in Turkey Cove for the best view. The Lodge at Turkey Cove, 2386 Colleen Dr., hosts Jerry De Leon & Southbound starting at 8 p.m. but some entrance restrictions apply. Call 830-899-2744 for more information.
Comal County constables will close Boat Ramp #2 to all vehicle traffic two hours before the fireworks display except for vehicles launching and recovering boats.
Only pedestrians will be alllowed to enter the ramp at that point.
Canyon Lake Boat Parade
The Canyon Lake Boat parade sets off at noon Sunday, July 4, from the Canyon Lake Marina (Baja Marina), 280 Marina, Canyon Lake.
Organizer Cory Martelli with Canyon Lake Broadcasting said participants should line up at the Baja Marina. Vessels should travel in a straight line — not side by side — and travel at a speed of between four to six knots. Larger boats are asked to station at the rear.
Boaters must adhere to all Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and U.S. Coast Guard regulations, he said.
The parade will not pass Cranes Mill due to bottlenecks in the past.
“We will fly that giant USA flag from our friend and put a single, larger boat at the front as well to identify the lead elements,” Martelli said. “We will circle the Marina Cove getting people’s attention to head out. Going across the lake towards Party Cove but turning left going towards the dam, hugging the southside shores (not too close to keep waves from building) to show homes on hills. We will circle through Boat Ramp #1 area, along that Dam Park then to dam, back to marina.
“Please, everyone, remember it’s a parade,” he said. “Relax. Drive two abreast to slow, less wake and larger boats inthe rear. The sheer amount of boats last time swamped folks going too fast.”
Hill Country Fun Fest
Hill Country Fun Fest at Jumbo Evans Sports Park, 101 Jumbo Evans Blvd., Spring Branch, runs from3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 3. Fireworks display by Pyrorific. Live msuc by John Christopher Way Band.
Includes kid zone, and food and drink booths. For more details call 210-488-8063 or visit springbranchtennis.com.