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South Padre Island 4th of July Parade and Fireworks 2025

A legendary fireworks display at Louie's Backyard is waiting for you

Dates: July 4

The Texas Senate named South Padre Island the "Fireworks Capital of Texas," and for good reason. The SPI knows how to celebrate the 4th of July with a blast! The fireworks are the main attraction on this significant day there, and it's an event not to be missed.

Independence Day Beach Parade (July, 2024)

The red, white, and blue parade, with patriotic flags, banners, buzzing musical instruments, and drums, is an alluring start to the celebration. Folks and visitors are all coming together to celebrate the nation's independence at Fantasy Circle Beach, starting at about 10 am.

4th of July Fireworks Over the Bay (July 4, 2024)

One of the most popular fireworks in South Padre is called the Fireworks Over the Bay. Blasting off over the Laguna Madre Bay at 9:15 pm, they turn the sky into a colorful canvas. Louie's Backyard is the best spot to enjoy them. This restaurant is located on the bay and offers unobstructed views of the bright fireworks during the South Padre Island 4th July celebrations. Another place is the Entertainment District, with several restaurants to watch the free fireworks. Also, you can check out the Painted Marline Grille, Tequila Sunset, and LongBoard Bar & Grill.

Salute to Freedom in Brownsville (July, 2024)

If you're celebrating Independence Day on South Padre Island, don't be lazy and plan a little trip to Brownsville, located within 30 miles (48 km). The city is hosting a Salute to Freedom event that will be a blast. Live music, a car show, food vendors, sponsor booths, and more will be waiting for the residents and visitors to celebrate America's birthday at Sports Park Blvd. The grand concert, headlined by the Red Not Chili Peppers in 2023, leads to the Largest Fireworks Show in the Rio Grande Valley at Brownsville Sports Park.

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Authors: Sophia Andrus