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2024 Independence Day Paddle

July 4 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm CDT

$50.00 – $65.00

Join us this year to celebrate the Fourth of July on the water! The City of Austin Star Spangled Fest, sponsored by HEB, will be based off of Vic Mathias Shores. The Austin Symphony Orchestra will begin playing at 8:45P and the fireworks will start popping at 9:30P!

Our Boathouse Guides will be on site all day running kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals. All regular rentals must return to the boathouse by 6P. Watercraft reserved for the fireworks display can be picked up as early as 6:30P, and must be returned no later than 11:15P. Paddlers failing to return by 11:15P will incur a $100 late fee on their tab.

Please be aware of conditions on the water, increased watercraft traffic, and the big heat that we experience this time of year! We are always advocates of water safety and drowning prevention, and ask that all paddlers wear a USCG approved PFD (lifejacket), which we will provide.

The City of Austin will string a buoy line across the water to prevent watercraft from crossing the path of the fireworks barge. Please be respectful of this line and any city staff. Thank you!

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Water, water, water!
  • Salty snacks
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Headlamp or device to illuminate the paddle back home, past dark
  • Cell phone in water proof case
  • Towel
  • Extra set of contact lenses (or your glasses)
  • Any pertinent personal current medication(s) (EpiPen, inhaler, etc.)

What to Leave

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Pets (Service animals welcome, though, need their own personal flotation device)

Please call or text with any additional questions or concerns – 512.922.6724.


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July 4
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm CDT
$50.00 – $65.00
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The Expedition School Lady Bird Boathouse
Festival Beach Boat Ramp, Nash Hernandez Sr Road
Austin, TX 78702 United States
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