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Best Hotels for July 4th Fireworks

Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin

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Hyatt Regency, Austin

Ask For: Ladybird Lake view.

The Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Texas National Guard will perform the “1812 Overture” on the night of the Fourth—replete with cool cannon solo—on the shores of Ladybird Lake, on the southern edge of downtown. Not many hotels overlook the water, but the Hyatt Regency Austin does—at least from most of its north-facing rooms. If you’re oriented to the south, the hotel’s waterfront, patio-level bar still offers a primo perspective (and it’s even better for kicking back and looking skyward).

Bonus View: Located near downtown’s Congress Avenue bridge, the Hyatt lets you catch a sneak-peek at Austin’s signature show in the sky: the breathtaking (or freakish) ascent of about 1.5 million Mexican bats, which flap away from the bridge each dusk from March until November.

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