Leander's annual Liberty Fest is expecting more than 12,000 people at its Independence Day celebration featuring fireworks, food and music. City officials want to make sure participants enjoy themselves while observing new rules and safety procedures.
According to Mike Neu, Leander's public information officer, this year alcoholic beverages purchased outside of the Liberty Fest site will not be allowed and will be screened at the entrance gates. However, alcoholic beverages will be available on site for purchase from licensed vendors.
Neu said bags, coolers and lawn chairs will be welcome at Liberty Fest but amplified music, illegal drugs, laser pointers, weapons and fireworks or other explosives are among items that are prohibited.
"Safety is our number one priority," Neu said.
Texas country music star Josh Abbott will headline this year's Liberty Fest. In addition, the event will feature food, crafts, fireworks and a special area called "The Fun Zone" where, for a $10 all-day ticket, fest patrons can play around with a bounce house, slides and other inflatable activities, as well as laser tag and a soccer kick.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. at the event's location near the Austin Community College campus. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. There will be partial road closures along Mel Mathis Blvd. during the festival, and the Capital Metro Leander Station will be closed so it can be used as a launching platform for the fireworks.