Pictures from Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

July 5th, 2022

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Willie Nelson performs during the Fourth of July Picnic at Q2 Stadium on July 4th, 2022, in Austin, Texas.

Willie Nelson performs during the Fourth of July Picnic at Q2 Stadium on July 4th, 2022, in Austin, Texas.

Willie Nelson performs during the Fourth of July Picnic at Q2 Stadium on July 4th, 2022, in Austin, Texas.

Willie Nelson & Family, with Beto O’Rourke (4th of July Picnic 2022)

July 5th, 2022

Beto O’Rourke, candidate for Governor of Texas, and his son joined Willie Nelson & Family on stage at his picnic last night, for “On The Road Again”

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, at the first Farm Aid (July 4, 1985)

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“Happy 4th from Willies 4th of July picnic!” – Ray Benson

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Willie Nelson and Bee Spears, Fourth of July, 2009 (South Bend, Indiana)

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We still miss seeing Bee standing on stage beside Willie.

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My friend Darrin Commerford took these photos on the 4th of July, in South Bend, Indiana, in 2009.

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The Way Back: Willie’s Picnic 

July 4th, 2022
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A crowd gathered for Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic concert, Austin, 1979.

Mention the Fourth of July in Texas, and one person immediately comes to mind: Willie Nelson. Held almost annually, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic first officially occurred in 1973 in Dripping Springs, featuring Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Doug Sahm, Tom T. Hall—and 40,000 fans dancing in the dust and heat. “It was miserable, and it was great, one of the glorious heathen stomps between the Americas of J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, and Ronald Reagan,” journalist Billy Porterfield told the Austin American-Statesman later in a 20-year lookback.  

But it hasn’t always been music and good vibes at the yearly picnics. The first few renditions drew the ire of locals who resented drunk and oft-naked picnic-goers descending upon their towns to see the Red Headed Stranger. After the 1976 three-day picnic in Gonzales brought in 80,000 fans and resulted in sound issues, one drowning, injuries ranging from stabbings to snake bites, 140 arrests, and two lawsuits against Nelson from injured picnickers, he took a two-year break from the official Texas-based Fourth of July Picnic.   

But in 1979, Nelson once again hosted his celebration with Ernest Tubb and Johnny Paycheck, this time at his newly purchased Pedernales Country Club in Austin. Locals’ fears of chaos ended up not coming to fruition that year, thanks to far fewer picnic-goers, emergency helicopter flights to Brackenridge Hospital, and, according to the Statesman, “$40,000 worth of port-o-can” toilets. Nelson reportedly won over his new neighbors by the end of the night and went on to host the picnic at the Pedernales Country Club one more time.  

CREDIT: Ronald Cortes, UT Texas Student Publications Photographs, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

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As Texas Monthly wraps up season three of ‘One By Willie,’ Willie’s longtime producer and writing partner Buddy Cannon discusses how “Something You Get Through” came together and the way Willie changed country songwriting.

Listen now: https://WillieNelson.lnk.to/OneByWilliePodcastFA