San Antonio's Woodlawn Lake bursts with family friendly activities for explosive Fourth of July party
Sometimes the holiday calendar sabotages weekend plans like Ursula making a deal with Ariel. Such is the case of this year’s Independence Day, held woefully on a Tuesday. Still, while a blissful three-day stretch may be interrupted by the cruel realities of Monday, that doesn’t mean the Fourth can’t bring some fireworks.
The City of San Antonio is to the rescue with its official celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park. The daylong party will once again provide locals with a free slate of events the whole family can enjoy.
The day will kick off with free fitness activities, including a water aerobics class from 9-10 am and a Zumba class between 10 am-noon. The classes are first-come, first-served, and children 10 and under require adult supervision.
If sweating to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” doesn’t float your boat, perhaps the food vendors will get your pulse racing. From 11 am-9:30 pm, the aroma of barbecue, burgers, gorditas, and mangonadas will waft through the air. A release also assured guests that there will be chicken on a stick, which is reason enough for some flag-waving.
In addition, the festivities will include carnival games and live performances from the United States Air Force Band of the West. They will be joined by Air Force ensemble Top Flight and all-woman cumbia outfit Sonora Hechicera.
If the brood gets restless, there will also be children’s activities from 11 am-2 pm provided by the San Antonio Public Library and the San Antonio Parks Foundation. Attendees can drop in on wrestling matches between noon-5 pm or try their luck at a lotería game in the H-E-B Cool Zones. Prizes included tickets to the zoo and SeaWorld.
Those afraid their red, white, and blue fit will be lost to the annals of history will be heartened to know that the Thomas J. Henry Wi-Fi Lounge will keep them connected.
Naturally, this all leads up to the big kaboom — the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza. A 12-minute spectacular is planned for this year’s display.
A few reminders for those looking to enjoy the show: Woodlawn Lake Park prohibits camping and alcohol. Patrons are also asked to be mindful of parking signs and the neighbors. Though the American Revolution included no small amount of tea-based littering, current-day guests are requested to leave no trace.
Attendees can, however, bring their own gear, including lawn chairs and blankets. And since the San Antonio sun is in its angry season, reusable water bottles, umbrellas, sunscreen, and hats are highly encouraged.