To continue the ongoing commitment to the health and safety of residents and visitors, the Sophienburg Museum & Archives and the City of New Braunfels have decided to cancel this year’s 4th of July Parade. This decision was made with careful consideration and with advice from the local public health authority. This popular parade often draws a very large crowd of residents and visitors from outside the community. Those spectators typically gather for an extended period of time both before and during the parade, significantly increasing the difficulty of providing an environment where social distancing is possible.

Conversely, a social distancing-friendly environment can be obtained for the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in the skies over Landa Park. This decision was also made after consultation with the local public health authority, and spectators will be urged to choose viewing locations that provide plenty of distance between themselves and others. The fireworks show can be viewed from the typical locations in Landa Park, the Fredericksburg Fields, and the Landa Park Golf Course with alternate locations such as Fischer Park, the parking lots of Oakwood Church and the Westpointe Village shopping center. The City will also provide viewers with the best seat in the house from the comfort of their own home with a live stream of the show on our social media channels.

“While it is a difficult decision to cancel a beloved community tradition, the decision came at the suggestion of local health authorities and with the health and safety of our residents as the priority,” said New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman. “We are pleased to still be able to provide the fireworks spectacular to give our citizens a beautiful and patriotic show while celebrating our country in a safe manner. God bless each of you, our home of New Braunfels, and God bless America!”

The City Fire Marshals Office would also like to remind residents and visitors that the possession or use of any kind of firework is prohibited (illegal) inside the city limits of New Braunfels. Anyone found to be in possession of or using fireworks within the city limits may be issued a citation and have their fireworks confiscated.

For more about 4th of July festivities in New Braunfels, as well as other programs throughout the summer in New Braunfels parks, please visit the city’s Parks and Recreation website.