The city of San Antonio’s Fourth of July Celebration will be back with a bang this year after its 2020 furlough due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The San Antonio Parks Foundation has partnered with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for a day of fun at Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Ave., that will conclude with a full fireworks display at 9 p.m. The free event will kick off at 11 a.m. with a variety of food trucks, carnival games, and drink stands for people to enjoy. Available food fare will include barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, tacos, and aguas frescas.

The evening program will begin at 5 p.m. with a 30-minute “Welcome Salute” presented by H-E-B, one of the event’s sponsors. It will include messages from several Bexar County commissioners and City Council members.

The U.S. Air Force Band of the West will begin performing at 7:30 p.m. and will play until the Thomas J Henry Fireworks Extravaganza at 9 p.m.

“The Fourth of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park has become such a wonderful San Antonio tradition,” said Mary Jane Verette, president and CEO of the San Antonio Parks Foundation, in a press release. “It is an honor and a privilege to be part of such a historical day for The City of San Antonio year after year.”

The event was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, which saw a large local spike in July. As of Wednesday, 72.6% of Bexar County’s 1.6 million residents 12 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination, with approximately 57.7% being fully vaccinated, according to state data.

Lindsey Carnett

Lindsey Carnett is the general assignment reporter for the San Antonio Report.