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Sadly, the Old Fashion Fourth of July Parade & Patriotic Program will not take place this year.
We hope that you celebrate America's 244th Birthday safely, with family and friends!
News Release - City of New Braunfels
To continue the ongoing commitment to the health and safety of residents and visitors, the Sophienburg Museum & Archives and the City of New Braunfels have decided to cancel this year’s 4th of July Parade. This decision was made with careful consideration and with advice from the local public health authority. This popular parade often draws a very large crowd of residents and visitors from outside the community. Those spectators typically gather for an extended period of time both before and during the parade, significantly increasing the difficulty of providing an environment where social distancing is possible.
Conversely, a social distancing-friendly environment can be obtained for the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in the skies over Landa Park. This decision was also made after consultation with the local public health authority, and spectators will be urged to choose viewing locations that provide plenty of distance between themselves and others. The fireworks show can be viewed from the typical locations in Landa Park, the Fredericksburg Fields, and the Landa Park Golf Course with alternate locations such as Fischer Park, the parking lots of Oakwood Church and the Westpointe Village shopping center. The City will also provide viewers with the best seat in the house from the comfort of their own home with a live stream of the show on our social media channels.
“While it is a difficult decision to cancel a beloved community tradition, the decision came at the suggestion of local health authorities and with the health and safety of our residents as the priority,” said New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman. “We are pleased to still be able to provide the fireworks spectacular to give our citizens a beautiful and patriotic show while celebrating our country in a safe manner. God bless each of you, our home of New Braunfels, and God bless America!”
The City Fire Marshals Office would also like to remind residents and visitors that the possession or use of any kind of firework is prohibited (illegal) inside the city limits of New Braunfels. Anyone found to be in possession of or using fireworks within the city limits may be issued a citation and have their fireworks confiscated.
For more about 4th of July festivities in New Braunfels, as well as other programs throughout the summer in New Braunfels parks, please visit the city’s Parks and Recreation website.
Welcome to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
Take the journey with Prince Carl and his group of German colonists as they cross the ocean and make their way into central Texas. Admire their courage and determination to establish a new colony at the edge of Indian Territory. Exhibits, rich in local artifacts, photographic images, maps and documents, take visitors through the history and cultural heritage of New Braunfels and Comal County. The Sophienburg Museum offers public lectures, school programs and community events that promote the area’s unique history.
- Charcoal burners of the Guadalupe June 21, 2020
- “Ein Prosit, ein Prosit” to music June 7, 2020
- Isabel Zuniga wins Sophienburg history scholarship May 24, 2020
- Recipes for life May 10, 2020
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We have missed you!
The Sophienburg Museum and Archives is excited to open our doors to the public again on June 16, 2020. There are a few changes since your last visit, including different hours of operation and new safety protocols. Per the governor’s orders, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff during this unusual time. Our staff has instituted new cleaning procedures and will be wearing masks when you visit. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience at The Sophienburg.
125th Anniversary Time Capsule Items
Items from the 125th Anniversary Time Capsule will be available for pick up beginning Thursday, June 11, at 10 a.m. Items will only be released to the addressee. ID and signatures are required. Time Capsule Contents (PDF)
Our beautiful New Braunfels, the only Texas city founded by German royalty, is celebrating its 175-year history of cultural heritage, hard work, and gemuetlichkeit (the good life). (175th Celebration at the Sophienburg) For more information about the celebration events and how to become involved, follow this link: https://since1845.com/
History Flows Here - 175 Years
Own a piece of New Braunfels history in the new hardback coffee-table book featuring beautiful photographs with descriptions of 365 places that make New Braunfels special. It's part of the 175th anniversary of the founding of New Braunfels. Order the book from Sophie's Shop.