Jun 29, 2022 - News

Why Austinites might stick around this Fourth of July

Fourth of July fireworks on July 4th, 2021.
Fourth of July was celebrated last year at Typhoon Texas Waterpark in Pflugerville with fireworks. Henry Huey Photo / USA TODAY NETWORK

With travel expenses through the roof, this Fourth of July is shaping up as one for staying at home.

The big picture: Gas prices in Austin on Tuesday averaged $4.56 a gallon — down from $4.65 a week ago but up from $2.72 a year ago.

What they're saying: "If you want to see great fireworks, save money and stay safe, go to a professional show," Texas Fire Marshal Orlando Hernandez said.

  • Also: "There are no safe fireworks for children."
  • Some sparklers burn at nearly 2,000 degrees, as hot as a blowtorch.

Plus: Most communities don't allow you to use fireworks within city limits or during local burn bans. Check with your local fire department to see what's allowed.

🏆 Pro tip: We love spreading out our picnic blanket at St. Edward's hilltop campus and watching the downtown Austin fireworks from afar.

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