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On July 4th, more than 100,000 people gather at Auditorium Shores for the largest Independence Day celebration in Austin. The Austin Symphony will be under the apt baton of ASO Music Director Peter Bay. The Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks features patriotic music and the ever-popular 1812 Overture and spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.
The Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks — planned and produced entirely by the ASO — is free and open to the public. The Austin Symphony Orchestra will begin performing at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., ending at 10:00 p.m. Come early, bring a picnic, claim a grassy spot and enjoy the patriotic music of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Concessions will be available on site. (Sorry, alcohol and glass containers are not permitted in the park.)
A new addition to this year’s concert is the ASO’s collaboration with The Homecoming Project. The Homecoming Project is a non-political, non-profit organization whose mission is to use the arts to raise awareness and educate the public of veteran issues related to war and combat trauma. After embedding with U.S. troops in Afghanistan and documenting military communities for several years, photojournalist Erin Trieb found that the battle continues for many service members after they return home from war. She launched The Homecoming Project to create awareness on the aftermath of war, and to provide a way for communities to give back. The Austin Symphony’s concert will culminate in an audio/visual performance and multimedia film screening depicting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. veterans presented by The Homecoming Project. Homecoming Project volunteers will join the festivities, representing the organization by wearing yellow shirts and selling yellow balloons to help raise funds for local non-profit organizations who provide direct services to veterans.