The Good Guide: 4th of July in Austin

Looking to celebrate Independence Day in a way that helps others? Here are 4 good parties on the 4th:

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Corn Dog Eating Contest at Black Sheep Lodge

Nothing says “I love America” like shoving corn dogs in your face for a good cause. Your $20 contest entry fee scores you a commemorative t-shirt, and a portion goes back to Austin Pets Alive!. The winner takes home $250 cash price, heyo! Info here.

Bikes, Fireworks, & Warren Hood at The ABGB

Celebrate freedom with The ABGB and enjoy music from Warren Hood, delicious pizza, and ice cold beer. Folks from Ghisallo Cycling Initiative will be onsite, and you can ride safely with friends over to the fireworks at Auditorium Shores. Plus there’s a watermelon eating contest! Info here.

Pickled Egg Eating Contest at Haymaker

Create Independence Day memories at Haymaker, if you have a strong stomach that is. Eat the most habanero pickled eggs and you could win $250, plus your entree fee raises money for Helping Hand Home for Children. Info here.

Vegan Hot Dog Eating Contest at Doggie Style

A guilt-free take on an American tradition, stop by for games, treats, and see how many vegan dogs you can eat. Benefiting Central Texas Pig Rescue. Info here.

PS - Fireworks often cause anxiety for animals, so don't forget to keep your pets indoors this holiday!