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Your District 7 Newsletter:
July 4th Edition
VOLUME 48 | July 3, 2018
This week, we are bringing you a special 4th of July edition of the newsletter to help you prepare for tomorrow’s celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park! In this edition, you will find everything you need to know about the July 4th celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park, including:

  • A schedule of events during the celebration;
  • Info on how to avoid spending time looking for parking for the celebration--and how to win a prize while doing so;
  • An opportunity to volunteer and beautify Woodlawn Lake Park on July 5th;
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the celebration
  • Pet safety tips from Animal Care Services

Additionally, our office will be closed for summer break from July 4th to July 11th. Come visit us at our booth at tomorrow's celebration at Woodlawn Lake!

Have fun and be safe!

Happy Fourth,
The District 7 Office
July 4th Event Schedule
July 4th Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park
Event Schedule:
  • Zumba, 8 to 9:30 AM
  • H-E-B Firecracker Fit Family 1/2 Mile Fun Walk, 9:45 AM
  • Opening Ceremonies, 10:15 to 11:15 AM
  • Fourth of July Fun at the Pavilion, 11 AM to 5 PM
  • All American Carnival-Games & Rides, Noon to 10 PM
  • H-E-B Snow Cone Giveaway, 4 to 7 PM
  • Selena Tribute Act "Bidi Bidi Banda," 5 to 6:30 PM
  • U.S. Air Force Band of the West "Velocity", 7 to 9 PM
  • H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza, 9 PM
How Can I Avoid Spending
Time Looking for Parking?
July 4th is one of San Antonio's biggest annual events--and for good reason. Yet while many of us love Woodlawn Lake Park, not all of us love parking for the event. The good news is that there are ways to avoid the parking problem by walking, biking, carpooling, or taking the bus or rideshare to the park!
Prizes for First 50 People to Walk, Bike, Ride the Bus
If you walk, bike, or take the bus, visit our booth and let us know! We'll have special prizes for the first 50 people to visit us and tell us how they helped to reduce traffic congestion and protect our air quality.
Bus Routes to Woodlawn Lake Park
For residents interested in taking the bus, the following routes go to Woodlawn Lake Park:
  • 82, the Culebra route
  • 88, the Bandera route
  • 90, the Woodlawn route
  • 522, the Babcock route

Please note that on July 4th, VIA will operate on its Sunday schedule. On the route schedule, the Sunday schedule is below the weekday and Saturday schedules.
Drop off Location for Rideshare Users
Riders of Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services can be dropped off near the park on Cincinnati Ave, between Rouse Ave and Goodrich Ave—a five minute walk from the Woodlawn Lake Island.
Beautify Woodlawn Lake Park
on July 5th
Join the District 7 office and San Antonio Parks & Recreation as we help keep Woodlawn Lake Park clean and enjoyable to the public. Volunteers will assist parks staff with litter pick up throughout the park. 

The Parks Dept.'s Volunteer Services will supply all tools to include litter grabbers, gloves, trash bags, and water. 

July 5th 2018
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM*
Meet at the basketball courts on the island

*Volunteers may stay as long as they please or leave early.

Volunteers should meet up at the basketball court by the boat docks on the island house side of the park. 
Frequently Asked Questions
About the Celebration
Q: What is the cost to attend the Fourth of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park and the Fireworks Show. And what is there to do?

A: It’s a free event and the Park is open on July 4 from 5:00 am until midnight. Come early to pick out your best viewing spot! There is something for everyone that day starting with complimentary Zumba in the gym and ending with a dazzling fireworks show that night. Guests will enjoy delicious food from more than 30 vendors, shopping delights, fitness activities, as well as live music, a carnival, and an appearance by Peppa Pig!

Q: Am I allowed to camp overnight?

A: No overnight camping is permitted at Woodlawn Lake Park. 

Q: Can I cook and/or grill at the park?

A: According to City of San Antonio code, it is unlawful to have a fire except in designated fire pits, fire rings, and barbeque pits. The Parks & Recreation Department does allow park patrons to bring pits/grills but patrons may not pull a pit/grill into the park from their truck by driving on the grass. The pit/grill can only be wheeled near a picnic unit or open space.

Q: Will alcohol be sold at this event and can I bring my own?

A: No. Alcohol is banned in Woodlawn Park 365 days a year by City ordinance. 

Q. Is there any food to purchase at the Fourth of July Celebration?

A: Yes! There will be more than 30 food selections as well as musical entertainment and activities all day and evening.

Q: Will streets will be closed around Woodlawn Lake Park?

A: Some surrounding streets will be closed, and full closure of Josephine Tobin will take place around 8pm and will reopen after the conclusion of the fireworks show when SAPD deems it safe.

Q: Where can I park to attend this event and do I have to pay?

A: Free parking is located along the streets in the surrounding neighborhoods; please be aware of police barricades and barrels that indicate “No Parking Zones”. Carpooling is encouraged as well as arriving early!

Q: Oops, my car was towed, where can I pick it up?

A: SAPD will have vehicles towed to the 400-600 block of Germainia Street.

Q: Can I sell food, merchandise, or any other items at this event?

A: All vendors in the park and on the streets surrounding the park who wish to sell any type of product must do it with the permission of the San Antonio Parks Foundation. To become a vendor for future events, apply to become a vendor online at 

Q: Can I take the bus to the event?

A: View the Via Bus Schedule at

Q: Can I swim in Woodlawn Lake Park?

A: Swimming in the lake is prohibited but the Woodlawn Lake Swimming Pool is open from 1 pm to 7 pm on the Fourth of July.

Q: Can I fish in Woodlawn Lake?

A: Yes. A fishing license is required.

Q: What are the overall park rules?

A: The City of San Antonio’s Parks & Recreation rules can be viewed here
July 4th Tips from
Animal Care Services
As San Antonians gear up for the coming Fourth of July holiday, they should keep in mind pets can become very frightened by all the noise and commotion we take for granted during festivities. Planning ahead and using some precautions can help make this Independence Day a festive one for every member of your family. Animal Care Services offers these tips to protect your pet this holiday:

  • Pets don’t like loud noises. Some area towns are still scheduled to hold official fireworks displays but these events are no place for pets. Leave them at home in a secured, quiet area where they will be safe.

  • A collar and microchip ID can help your pet get back home if they get lost. Roaming animals stand the risk of being picked up by the City’s Animal Care Officers. Your pet’s registered microchip ID is more than their ticket home. Microchips are the law in San Antonio and City residents can get this safe, permanent form of identification for their pet for FREE anytime during regular business hours at ACS. For more information, check out No appointments are needed for microchipping.

  • Don’t leave pets unattended outside, even in a fenced yard. Pets can overreact when they’re scared and that dog who’d never leave your yard before could easily dig a hole under the fence to escape the noise. Fear of the fireworks and outside gatherings can also cause your pet to become entangled in their tether.

  • Never leave your pet in the car while you enjoy the party. The South Texas heat can kill. It takes only minutes for the temperature in your car to soar over 120 degrees. Pets left in cars, even with a cracked window, can quickly become stressed by the heat. Please don’t risk your pet’s life. Leave your pet at home.                                                            

  • People food for people, please. This one can be tough. Especially when they’re looking at you with those eyes. If you’re going to give your dog some scraps, stay away from bones and try to keep it to a minimum. A good dog friendly choice you might have at your Independence Day party? Watermelon! Just remove the seeds and rind. Alcohol can be fatal to a dog and should never be given to any animal. 

  • Watch the BBQ pit. If it smells good to you, imagine what it smells like to your dog. Some smaller pits can be knocked over by a dog. Plus a hungry pup can get sneaky and you don’t want to miss the fireworks taking Rover to the ER because he ate five chicken kabobs, including the skewers.

  • Give your pet some peace and quiet. A closed off area inside your home can be a blessing for a nervous pet. Some pets get destructive when they’re frightened so be sure to remove anything your pet could destroy. Provide some toys to occupy your pet’s time. If your pet is crate trained, make sure they can curl up inside. Fresh food and water are a must and a treat or two wouldn’t hurt either!

  • Protect your pet from pranksters. Some animal cruelty cases start out as what some consider “harmless pranks.” But there’s nothing harmless (or legal) about shooting fireworks at a pet. Bring outdoor pets indoors, at least for the evening. ACS will investigate anyone suspected of cruelly treating any animal.

  • When in doubt, consult your veterinarian. Your vet and local pet stores have a variety of remedies available to soothe your pet’s nerves and set your mind at ease.

Wednesday, July 4 is an official City holiday and Animal Care Services main campus at 4710 State Highway 151 will be closed, but Animal Care Officers will be on duty. All pet related calls can still be phoned in to 311.  Remember! It is against the law to use or display any fireworks within San Antonio and residents cannot possess, store, buy, or even transport fireworks within the city limits.
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