Let freedom ring! Austin loves to go big, and 4th of July is no exception. Here’s your Thumbtack guide to getting in on the fun and taking care of a little home business on the side. Double duty on party prep and home improvements means it’s going to be a great month.
Plan Your Ride to the Austin Fourth of July Symphony and Fireworks
Pack up the kids, the cooler, and tons of snacks—the annual fireworks celebration is on. We all love the spectacular show that lights the sky on fire while the Austin Symphony Orchestra serenades the city. But we all hate parking anywhere near Riverside Drive during events. Avoid the madness and arrange a ride. Hey, why not roll in a stretch limousine? You’ll have a DD and your kids will lose their minds with excitement.
Hire a Dog Sitter
If you are hitting Auditorium Shores for the big fireworks symphony show—don’t leave your poor little bubba home alone. Dogs go crazy from the noise. Your new garden will get torn to shreds—or even worse, your new couch. A trained dog sitter will keep your dog calm and keep your castle from destruction while you’re out on the town, celebrating the United States of America.
Treat Your Friends (and Keep Everyone Safe) with a Party Bus Rental
Austin loves an excuse to party—and if it’s thanks to the Declaration of Independence, then all the more cause for celebration. 4th of July is an excellent alibi for sipping a few Independence Brewing Company Austin Ambers and party hopping through town. Put on your best red, white, and blue seersucker suit, call up your crew, and hire a party bus to wheel you from SoCo to the East Side in search of the best scene.
Get Ahead of the AC Repairs
Already blew out the AC this season – or worried it’s not working as well as it should? Austin summers are impossible without air conditioning. No need to sweat your tush off all night, packing ziplocs bags of ice into bed with you. Save your sanity (and your family’s) with a quick AC fix. If you don’t have central air, have a window unit installed immediately. Life doesn’t have to be so hard.
Hold a Cockroach Exorcism
So gross. So big. And so everywhere. Stop trying to solve this problem alone. Get ye an exterminator on the double. Because no one should ever find a cockroach in bed with them.
Schedule a Tree Trimming
Speaking of cockroaches—even with a quality exterminator on your team, you’ve got to keep the new ones from finding their way in. Overhanging limbs are a common culprit for critters who are seeking out food, water, and a cozy crawl space to call home. If Live Oak branches hang over your roof, call in a tree specialist to trim them and cut off the roaches from using them as an overhead bridge into your casa.
Install Solar Panels
Take advantage of the blazing summer sun and install solar panels. Put ‘em on the roof, put ‘em in the field, and put ‘em on top of the shed. Start to cut into that brutal air con bill that hits each month. Feeling unsure about the prospect? Set up a consultation to learn more.
Check Out Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Everybody loves celebrating with Willie. If you’ve never seen Willie live, now’s the time. The full day music festival will have you feeling Texan through and through. Just remember—driving, parking, and drinking hooch have never mixed. Plan to camp at the concert site if you’re partaking—they accommodate campers July 3-5! Make the weekend safe and fun while also being the true star of your crew. Get the gang on board, get your tickets in advance, and boogie down to the event.
Get the Gunk Out of Gutters
Yes, it’s hotter than a deep fryer on your roof, but bear with us for a minute. Austin weather is as mercurial as can be. One minute it’s clear skies and the next a flash flood is roaring through town. Call in a gutter pro to clear your drainage system so you don’t have pooling water, overflow, or leaks that take you by surprise.
Clean Your Air Ducts
Got mold, tons of dust, or pesky bugs inhabiting your AC ducts? Keep your airwaves clean and your peace of mind intact with professional air duct cleaning. Signs to look for include abnormally high utility bills, dark lines or staining around AC vents, or unexplained quantities of dust in the house. As a bonus, request the (clothes) dryer vent be cleaned as well—this is a great fire prevention strategy.
Throw a 4th of July Family Reunion
Yes! Of course you want to have a family reunion. Who cares if your family lives all the way across the country? Have a reunion with the special Austin family you’ve created since moving here. Book a face painter for the kids (and let’s face it, the adults, too), hire a bar tender for the drinks, and deck out the backyard in red, white, and blue streamers. Hire a live band to play some down-home Americana jams and celebrate America. Or hire a party planner to take care of it all.
Get the Help of House Cleaners After the Party!
It seems like all of Austin RSVP’d to your party. Don’t worry about the burnt sparklers and party debris that will be littering the backyard the next day. That’s why you have Thumbtack—to handle the post-freedom clean-up while you brunch on migas at Cisco’s.
Have a fabulously safe and festive 4th of July, Austin. We love you.